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|The Big Story|
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This long-running documentary-drama series was based on the actual case histories of reporters who solved crimes, uncovered corruption, or otherwise performed significant public service through their diligent reporting. Some episodes were local human-interest stories, and some were national scandals, such as the story of labor columnist Victor Riesel, who was blinded by racketeers for his expose. Each week, the sponsor, American Tobacco Company, gave a $500 cash award (initially called the Pall Mall Award) to the reporter whose story was used. Starting in 1955 Ben Grauer appeared in a newsroom at the beginning and end of each episode, in the role of the program's editor. He introduced the evening's "big story," and then, after the drama, would present the real-life reporter with his "Big Story Award." The series was presented on alternate weeks during part of its run.
Following its cancellation by NBC in 1957, The Big Story continued in production for another season as a syndicated series. Burgess Meredith narrated the syndicated version.
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|Last Airing||Jun 28, 1958|
|Premiere||September 16, 1949|
|Format/Time||Black & White / 30 Minutes|
|Upcoming Airs||Not currently airing|
Ben Grauer.... Narrator (1955-1957)
Burgess Meredith.... Narrator (1957-1958)
Norman Rose.... Narrator (1954-1955)
Robert Sloane.... Narrator (1949-1954)
Ross Martin.... William Fernandez (3 episodes)
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