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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