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Issues and Answers

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Issues and Answers
Presented byHoward K. Smith
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Running time30 minutes
Original networkABC
Original release1960 (1960) –
1981 (1981)
Followed byThis Week

Issues and Answers was a once-weekly TV news program that was telecast by the American Broadcasting Company network from November 1960[1] to November 1981. The series was distributed to the ABC affiliate stations on Sunday afternoons for either live broadcast or video taped for later broadcast.

Issues and Answers was ABC's response to such TV programs as NBC's Meet the Press and CBS's Face the Nation. It featured TV reporters interviewing selected newsmakers of the contemporary time period – mostly government officials, both domestic and foreign. Unlike the other networks' news-interview TV programs, which featured newspaper and radio reporters along with TV correspondents, Issues and Answers more commonly featured only ABC News correspondents.[2]

The program's theme song for many years was the third movement (the "Song of the Blacksmith") of the Second Suite in F for Military Band (Op. 28, No. 2) by Gustav Holst.

For its entire run it was produced by Margaret "Peggy" Whedon, one of ABC's first female correspondents.[3]

Issues and Answers was canceled in 1981, succeeded by the 60-minute This Week with David Brinkley.


  1. ^ "Broadcasting" (PDF). 3 July 1961. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  2. ^ IMDB entry
  3. ^ "Broadcasting" (PDF). 17 January 1983. Retrieved 2 February 2017.

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