Camera Headlines

Camera Headlines was an early American television series that aired from January 1948 to 1949 on the DuMont Television Network.

Camera Headlines
Country of originUnited States
Running time15/30 minutes
Original networkDuMont Television Network
Original releaseJanuary 1948 

Broadcast history

DuMont's previous national news program, The Walter Compton News, had premiered on DuMont station WTTG in June 1947, then on the DuMont network on August 25, 1947, but was off the air by January 1948. This show had movie publicist Compton (1912-1959) reading news from a script with the occasional use of slides.[1]

Premiering in January 1948, Camera Headlines was an attempt by DuMont to present a TV news program using newsreel film footage. As with some other early television programs, there is conflicting information about the show, with some sources reporting that the series was 30 minutes long, while other sources stating it was 15 minutes long. Camera Headlines aired Monday through Friday at 7:30 pm Eastern Time, with I.N.S. Telenews following at 7:45pm on Tuesdays only.

According to the book What Women Watched: Daytime Television in the 1950s (University of Texas Press, 2005) by Marsha Cassidy, Camera Headlines also aired weekdays 12:30 to 12:45pm ET. According to the book, the DuMont daytime schedule beginning in January 1949 was:

Episode status

As with most DuMont programs, no episodes of Camera Headlines are known to survive. Little else is known about the series, even though it aired on a major United States television network.

See also



  • David Weinstein, The Forgotten Network: DuMont and the Birth of American Television (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004) ISBN 1-59213-245-6
  • Alex McNeil, Total Television, Fourth edition (New York: Penguin Books, 1980) ISBN 0-14-024916-8
  • Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, Third edition (New York: Ballantine Books, 1964) ISBN 0-345-31864-1
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