"If the information had not come out, the American people would have gone on with their merry lives. They would have had entertainment, then it would have gone on to some other form of entertainment on television. What really took place, was that live television essentially stopped with my demise and the demise of my show. Television then went into the area of filmed product."
About This Interview
Albert Freedman talks about his early days as a writer and producer for radio, on such audience participation shows as Earn Your Vacation and A Dollar A Minute. He describes his transition to TV, writing for The Pinky Lee Show and You Bet Your Life. He describes his early association with Jack Barry and Dan Enright when he produced the quiz shows Juvenile Jury and Life Begins at Eighty in the mid-1950s. He describes his work as a producer on Tic Tac Dough and Tweny-One. Twenty-One would become the center of controversy during the "quiz show scandals" and Freedman describes his testimonies before the grand jury hearings in New York and the later Harris subcommittee in Washington D.C. Freedman describes his dealings with Charles Van Doren, whom he initially booked on Twenty-One, the star witness of the Washington hearings. Freedman also discusses his later work in television, after a long absence, on such series as KTLA's Paramount Television and Your Funny Funny Films, in the 1960s. Conducted June 23, 2000 by Jeff Kisseloff.