Abstract



Webb, J.A. (1996) "Canada's Moose River Mine Disaster (1936): Radio-Newspaper Competition in the Business of News", Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 16(3) (October), 365-376.

In 1936 the attempt to rescue three men than had become trapped in an abandoned mine shaft in Nova Scotia was broadcast live across North America. This was the world's first live-unscripted news broadcast. The broadcaster on the scene had no previous journalistic training and relied upon his theatrical background to make the rescue attempt "drama". Such theatrical narratives and the immediacy of broadcasting gave radio powerful weapons in the competition with print media in the business of providing news.


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