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Leonard Cohen on the road to singing sensation

In just two seasons between 1964 and 1966, This Hour has Seven Days staked its claim as the most defiant and controversial program in Canadian broadcasting history.~ Created by Douglas Leiterman and Patrick Watson, Seven Days launched a new era of public affairs television, actively taking on the role of the nation's ombudsman and interrogator. Some — including certain members of the CBC brass in Ottawa — called it "sensationalism," "arrogant" and a breach of journalistic neutrality. But Canadians loved it. Millions tuned in every Sunday night at 10 p.m. to watch the show everyone would be talking about the next day. The CBC Digital Archives presents nine complete episodes here, selected from the 50 programs made before the show was cancelled. Due to copyright issues, satirical sketches and songs that originally aired between news segments have been edited out.

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Leonard Cohen leaves his blissful domestic life on Hydra, Greece, with the intention of cutting a country and western album in Nashville.

Medium: Television
Program: This Hour has Seven Days
Broadcast Date: May 8, 1966
Guest(s): Leonard Cohen
Host: Beryl Fox, Patrick Watson
Duration: 9:27

Last updated: September 17, 2014

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