This is a rehearsal film, with outtakes, for "See It Now," the series of current events documentary programs, hosted by Edward R. Murrow. On film, Alan Jackson (on camera) reports to Murrow (off camera) from Berlin on the possible revival of the Berlin airlift in response to a threatened Russian blockade against Berlin-manufactured goods going out of Berlin to West Germany. Murrow and Jackson briefly mention the need for a NATO air force. Murrow (still off camera) then begins to discuss the editorial principles of this new television news program. The remainder of the film includes repeated takes of these segments: Murrow introduces the Berlin airlift story; the Jackson film report is run; and Murrow discusses the editorial principles of this new television news program and signs off.

Preservation of the Post–World War II American Television Documentary Collection is supported in part by a Federal Save America’s Treasures grant administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


  • DATE: August 3, 1951 Friday
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:20:10
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W
  • CATALOG ID: T82:0188
  • GENRE: Public affairs/Documentaries
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Berlin blockade, 1948-1949
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV series, 1951-1958


  • Edward R. Murrow … Producer, Editor, Reporter
  • Fred W. Friendly … Producer, Editor
  • Don Hewitt … Director
  • Alan Jackson