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1957: The Canadian Press celebrates 40 years

The Story

The year 1957 marks the 50th year of cooperative newsgathering in Canada, and it is also the 40th birthday of The Canadian Press.  CBC's Newsmagazine pays a visit to the CP office in Toronto, giving viewers a close-up view of the electronic world of newsgathering by teletype, telegraph, and photos delivered by wire. General manager Gil Purcell speaks to host Gordon Burwash about the role of CP as a news pool, performing an editorial function in order to give “the Canadian people and Canadian papers the best possible story they can get of the world and of Canada.”

Medium: Television
Program: Newsmagazine
Broadcast Date: Feb. 10, 1957
Interviewer: Gordon Burwash
Guest: Gil Purcell

Did You know?

• The Canadian Press traces its origins back to 1859, when, according to a June 15, 1918 Globe and Mail article, William Gillespy of Kingston called for and organized a Canadian Press Association in September of that year. The association was primarily made up of newspapermen from Ontario and Quebec. The Canadian Press was established in 1917, in response to the need during the First World War to improve the proccess of organizing newsgathering across Canada.


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