This Hour has Seven Days: Politics, religion, sex and football
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.
• Watch the follow-up on this story in the next week's episode of Seven Days. For background on the newly-independent Republic of Congo, please visit the CBC Digital Archives clip Congo Crisis.
Program: This Hour has Seven Days
Broadcast Date: Nov. 22, 1964
Guest(s): Billy Joe Booth, Don Estes, John F. Kennedy, Paul-Émile Léger, Ken Lehman, Merle Miller, Angelo Mosca, Gregory Peck, Joseph Ritter, Ralph Sazio, Robert Thompson, June Wilkinson
Host: John Drainie, Laurier LaPierre, Carol Simpson
Reporter: Tom Koch, Warner Troyer, Larry Zolf, Robert Hoyt
Last updated: September 17, 2013
Page consulted on August 7, 2014
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