This Hour has Seven Days: The last hurrah
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.
Program: This Hour has Seven Days
Broadcast Date: May 8, 1966
Guest(s): James Barret, James Foy, Walter Gordon, Marshall McLuhan, George Pimm, Alfred Schmielewski
Announcer: Warren Davis
Host: Laurier LaPierre, Patrick Watson
Interviewer: Robert Fulford
Last updated: June 17, 2013
Page consulted on September 17, 2014
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