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See It Now

A documentary series airing from 1952 to 1955 that was hosted by Edward Murrow. The direction and control of the show was determined by Edward Murrow and Fred Friendly with minimal oversight from CBS management. As a result of their independence Murrow and Friendly decided to tackle controversial issues such as McCarthyism, health issues caused by smoking, and by allowing Oppenheimer to express his views on the nuclear arms race. Not all episodes were controversial. Some other subjects covered in See it Now include Egyptian Israelis tensions, history of the vice presidency, and developments in submarine technology. Some of the leading causes for the cancellation of See It Now were rising production cost, a souring relationship between Murrow and CBS management, and the success of quiz shows which ultimately pushed See It Now out of its time slot and caused it cancellation.