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Television was ready for its full-scale launch, but the demands of the war kept the new medium at parade rest until 1945.It was 1947 before the television networks were formed, even though the networks' stations in New York presented some news programming in 1946.ABC Television, which traced its heritage to the forced sale in 1943 of one of NBC's two radio networks, began regular news broadcasts in 1948.A struggling fourth network, Du Mont, broadcast news from 1947 to 1949, halted news programming until 1953, then went out of business in 1955.In August 1948 CBS began The CBS-TV News, a 15-minute program anchored by Douglas Edwards, each weekday evening.NBC expanded its news to 15-minutes in February 1949 when the program became The Camel News Caravan.Still, Edwards' audience ratings lagged behind The Camel News Caravan with John Cameron Swayze until the early 1950s.And in 1956 Chet Huntley and David Brinkley were teamed by NBC to replace Swayze, creating one of the most successful news programs of the time. Murrow and Fred Friendly were producing See It Now on CBS television. After receiving the blessing of CBS board chairman William Paley, See It Now broadcast a direct attack on Mc Carthy on 9 March 1954.
In 1948, at the beginning of the freeze, there were only 34 TV stations broadcasting in 21 cities to about one million TV sets.But both networks faced other major competitors, the newspaper publishers, who tried to eradicate news on radio.