Front Page Challenge
History of A Television LegendBook - 1999
Beginning in the summer of 1957, Canadians from St. John's to Victoria sat spellbound in their living rooms every week to watch Front Page Challenge, a show originally scheduled to replace regular broadcast for the summer season. It had a life expectancy of 13 weeks. Ultimately, it became one of Canada's longest-running television programs, airing on CBC television for thirty-eight years and attracting a devoted audience.
During that remarkable record-breaking run, host Fred Davis and panelists Pierre Berton, Gordon Sinclair, Jack Webster, Toby Robins and Betty Kennedy became household names across Canada. An extraordinary range of surprise guests -- Eleanor Roosevelt, Errol Flynn, Gordie Howe, Boris Karloff, Duke Ellington and Pierre Trudeau -- appeared on the show to be identified and interviewed.
After thirty eight years of success, the cancellation of the show came as a shock to its loy