1953 televised from Hollywood with Bob Hope hosting and New York presented by Fredrik March. The split screen technology was a first. The big upset was High Noon losing to The Greatest Show on Earth for best picture. Gary Cooper took the prize for best actor in his High Noon role. The first color telecast was in 1966 when The Sound of Music took best picture.
Think about the great anchors in TV history, Murrow, Cronkite, Huntley, Brinkley, Jennings and the list goes on. These anchors stuck to the news and had no desire to be a comedian, guest star on talk shows or appear on celebrity roasts. This is what got Brian Williams in serious trouble. Rumor has it, Katie Couric is in talks to replace Williams. Lester will most likely walk.