|CBS Primetime Special, May 11, 1951|
CBS Primetime, Monday, July 9, 1951 – Saturday, September 12,1953
CBS Primetime, Friday, July 9, 1954 – Friday, August 27, 1954
|John Daly 1951-1953|
Walter Cronkite 1954
|Mansfield Theatre, New York City, New York|
It's News to Me was a precursor to Liar's Club and somewhat a derivative of What's My Line?
Each typical episode contains two contestant rounds, followed by a newsmaker round, and occasionally followed by an additional contestant round.
Round 1: Contestant RoundEdit
Each round was a bluffing game where contestants attempted to determine if answers that was given by one of the panelists was true or false.
The contestant was staked to $20 at the beginning of the game. The contestant and panelists were then shown an item or items including props, drawings, photographs, or motion picture/newsreel footage. Sometimes a dramatic performance (example: Goodson-Todman staffer Frank Wayne appears giving part of a speech) was presented. A panelist chosen by the emcee would then supply a story that would tie the item to a news event, past or present. The contestant would then decide if the panelist's story was true or false. The contestant earned $5 for a correct decision and $5 was deducted for an incorrect decision. Play continued until all four panelists had played and the contestant kept whatever money that was earned at the end.
Round 2: Newsmaker Round (Final Round)Edit
In this round, eyewitnesses or participants involved with news events in the past or present would play a game similar to "I've Got a Secret". The panelists would question the newsmaker to determine the identity of the news event. If the panel failed to identify the event, the newsmaker would receive $100.
- Host: John Daly (1951-1953); Walter Cronkite (1954-1954)
- Announcer: Art Hannes, Bill Hamilton, Bob Sherry, Bob Dixon
- Commercials: Win Elliott, Margaret McKay
- Producers: Mark Goodson, Bill Todman
- Director: Jerome Schnur
- Set Designers: Paul Sylbert, Ed Mitchell
John Daly was a journalist in real life.
See Also: It's News to Me/Episode Guide
The status of most of the episodes is unknown. GSN has aired John Daly hosted episodes in the past.