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The Battle Between NBC And CBS To Be The First To Film A Berlin Wall Tunnel Escape

By Mike Conway/The Conversation

When the Berlin Wall was completed in August 1961, East German residents immediately tried to figure out ways to circumvent the barrier and escape into West Berlin.

By the following summer, NBC and CBS were at work on two separate, secret documentaries on tunnels being dug under the Berlin Wall.

The tunnel CBS chose was a disaster that resulted in arrests and court trials. NBC's tunnel ended up being in one of the most decorated documentaries in American television history.

And yet, in the fall of 1962, NBC was under tremendous pressure from both sides of the Iron Curtain to scrap its documentary altogether.

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Posted on November 13, 2019
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The Battle Between NBC And CBS To Be The First To Film A Berlin Wall Tunnel Escape

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The tunnel CBS chose was a disaster that resulted in arrests and court trials. NBC's tunnel ended up being in one of the most decorated documentaries in American television history.

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