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Obama And McCain On 60 Minutes, In HDTV

Special 40th Anniversary Broadcast Marks Programs' HDTV Debut

Sept. 17, 2008

(CBS) America's most-watched news program takes a hard look at the presidential candidates on its 40th anniversary broadcast much as it did when its very first edition on Sept. 24, 1968, featured Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey.

Forty years later, however, 60 Minutes will debut a vivid, new look thanks to digital technology that would have been science fiction in 1968. 60 Minutes' 40th anniversary program - a special broadcast in high definition and devoted entirely to interviews with Barack Obama and John McCain - will be broadcast this Sunday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

The separate interviews with the candidates will focus on the main issues concerning most voters, such as the faltering U.S. economy, energy, healthcare and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Steve Kroft interviews Obama and Scott Pelley interviews McCain, both of whom have been covering the candidates for over a year. The fresh interviews offer viewers a prelude to the first of the presidential debates that takes place on Friday, Sept. 26.

Starting Sunday, all original 60 Minutes broadcasts will be presented in the high definition format, including field and studio cameras, marking the first time a newsmagazine will be broadcast entirely in HDTV. In addition to the crisper, more vibrant picture, 60 Minutes' sound will be in a multi-channel digital format. HD sound offers a richer, deeper natural sound experience that will enhance segments, particularly those with outdoor or musical elements.

Many things have changed since 60 Minutes debuted 40 years ago on a night most television viewers watched “Marcus Welby MD” or a movie on the other two network channels. Today, in a television universe of hundreds of channels and programs to choose from, 60 Minutes wins its timeslot nearly every Sunday, consistently finishes among Nielsen’s Top 10 weekly programs, and has been watched by over 131 million Americans over the past year. Of those answering a recent Yahoo! poll, 55 percent said they watched 60 Minutes.

Forty years ago, 60 Minutes could be viewed only on network television in the U.S. Now, under 60 Minutes Global, international, Web and cable versions of primetime television’s most enduring and watched program are available. Millions of people watch 60 Minutes on Yahoo, a Web version of the broadcast that debuted in 2006 to augment its internet presence on CBSNews.com. Cable versions have been available for nearly a decade and currently include a sports edition on ESPN Classic and a music version on VH1 Classic.

The program has won more Emmy Awards than any other primetime broadcast, including a special Lifetime Achievement Emmy. It has also won virtually every other broadcast journalism award, plus 15 Peabody awards for excellence in television broadcasting. In the last year, 60 Minutes has won all of the major awards: four Emmys, a DuPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, a Peabody, an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow award, an RFK Journalism Award and a Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

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fabulous. i was waiting for this. love 60 minutes.
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Amazing news. Can't wait to watch this
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Andy Rooney in HD I wonder if his first piece in HD will be about HD.
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Could be worse, they could also have Mike Wallace in HD. I love 60 Minutes too, glad to see they've finally converted.
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Wow, that Press Rrelease really knows how to toot its own horn.

With all of the new HD this season from Traditional SD hold outs like Survivor and 60 Minutes, we really are getting to the point where any SD shows will begin to stick out. At least on Network TV.

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Over the years, I've always wanted to like 60 Minutes more than I do, but I find myself being annoyed with too many of the anchors being three times my age. And I'm 39. That show just skews too much to the Angela Lansbury crowd. Sure, I like a good Andy Rooney rant, but they should be newspaper columns, not TV segments. It's a grumpy old man at a desk, fercryinoutloud.

Haven't watched Survivor for a few seasons now, but I'll watch out an episode or two this time to check out the, um, scenery in HD.

The fewer shows in SD, the better.
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Andy Rooney in HD I wonder if his first piece in HD will be about HD.

[Andy Rooney]And why do they call it High definition? Shouldn't it be called More definition?[/Andy Rooney]

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Count me as a big fan of 60 Minutes too. And you can bet that Andy Rooney's segment at the end will be a rant about how he doesn't "get" HD
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HD in Baltimore and Washington.

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The venerable news magazine, in its 40th year, continues in 2008 with the transition to HD.

Tonight's program includes interviews with the two presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama.

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HD on WFMY Greensboro.

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Not HD on WCAV Charlottesville. Nor was the Steelers/Eagles game.
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What does everyone think about tonight's "60 Minutes" in HD? The lone complaint that I have is a SD clip or two in stretch-o-vision.

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In HD on WSPA (Spartanburg, SC). The lone complaint is a SD clip in stretch-o-vision. Otherwise, looks great.

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They gotta spruce up the intro sequences... they look even more plain than before.






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There were a few 4:3 SD clips. The remaining non-HD segments were stretched.

"But I didn't do it...!"
"I knew you'd say that"...*BLAM!*
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They need to bring back the old 'clock' from the intro. Also bring back the classic black background. I've never liked the white gradient.
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It was odd that the clips from the RNC were SD stretched, but the clips from the DNC were HD, not sure how they managed that.

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And you can bet that Andy Rooney's segment at the end will be a rant about how he doesn't "get" HD

Looks like we'll have to wait until next week for that.

I was disappointed by the "stretch-o-vision" during the clips that were originally 4:3. Why does CBS do that here, when they don't do it on the Evening News?
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Hey, I was just impressed that my local affiliate (KDKA) didn't fudge the show up with artifacts, like they do the CBS Evening News.

From what little I watched, their HD quality looked sharp. In fairness, it is a CBS O&O, so you would expect that.

I have to admit, after hearing the interviewer talking to McCain say something to the effect of "and now in August" I rolled my eyes and turned the damn thing off. Nothing like really dated reporting to prove that HD == quality.
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HD looked great. Stretching was some of the worst ever.

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Was it me, or did the interviews seem to have sort of an MTV effect to them? The video seemed to have some type of an effect that made it look kind of strobe light like (I know there is a technical term for this effect, again I've seen it used on MTV). Also, the editing seemed a little tighter. Not as many natural pauses, as 60 Minutes usually has.
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Was it me, or did the interviews seem to have sort of an MTV effect to them?

Not just you -- I saw it too. Looks like perhaps it was shot at 24 frames-per-second, which makes it look more like film.
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They gotta spruce up the intro sequences... they look even more plain than before.


This is clearly shot for 4:3 safe. Look at all that wasted space on the sides!!!
They can put some interactive content in that space.
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Not just you -- I saw it too. Looks like perhaps it was shot at 24 frames-per-second, which makes it look more like film.

In the other '60 minutes' thread that was started before September 17 I had mentioned the tech specs already.

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I was watching 60 minutes last night and was thinking it looked like 30P. IMO it doesn't look so good. To me the idea of news and their magazine type shows is to bring a feeling of immediacy which higher frame rates do. Lower frame rates adds some distance which is good for storytelling. While that may be beneficial for fiction, I don't think it works as well for news. I wonder if this decision was an aesthetic one or if there is a technical reason for it. It's sort of a step backwards to me.

I assume the request for 30P also specifies a faster shutter like 1/60th sec?

I agree, it did not look good. 60 Minutes should not be going for any aesthetic effects. It strips away the authority that the show has, and makes it look like MTV.
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60 Minutes is still on TV? I never see this show. I wonder why? Oh! I see. It's comes on during Sunday Night Football....Well, that explaines it!
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My local affiliate in Fresno, CA ran it in SD 4:3, so I guess my PQ complaints can be even harsher...if I had any.

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60 Minutes is still on TV? I never see this show. I wonder why? Oh! I see. It's comes on during Sunday Night Football....Well, that explaines it!

Ever heard of a DVR?

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