This article is about the American current events program. Crossfire crossfire series book 1 pdf a nightly current events debate television program that aired on CNN from 1982 to 2005 and again from 2013 to 2014.
Its format was designed to present and challenge the opinions of a politically liberal pundit and a conservative pundit. In 2013, after eight years off the air, a new version of Crossfire re-launched on September 9. The panelists for the new edition of Crossfire were former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and political commentator S. Cupp representing the right with political consultant Stephanie Cutter and advocate Van Jones representing the left.
The version was last broadcast in July 2014 and officially cancelled later that year. The show was hosted by two pundits, one of whom was presented as being “on the left” and one “on the right,” to provide two sides of the political spectrum. The show usually featured two additional “left and right” guests on each topic of discussion.
On some occasions only one guest was featured. Occasionally, when the co-hosts agreed on the featured topic, two guests of the opposing view would appear. More rarely, when hosts disagreed with the prevailing view of their side, they would debate someone from their own camp who agreed with it.
The concept began in 1978 when Tom Braden and Pat Buchanan co-hosted a radio show on then-NBC-owned WRC radio in Washington. The program, on which the pair debated political issues, was highly praised, but its ratings were low and, in 1982, it was cancelled. At the time, Reese Schonfeld, then President and CEO of CNN was searching for a replacement for his 10pm program. The program put the day’s most important newsmaker in the spotlight, caught between a conservative and a liberal journalist.
Their ratings, which were low by radio standards, were better than CNN’s. CNN’s owner, Ted Turner, objected to their hiring but Braden and Buchanan, with a signed contract, threatened a lawsuit. Turner backed down and agreed to give them a half hour at 11:30pm.
The program’s original producer was Randy Douthit. The show soon became popular and was elevated to a 7:30pm time slot. In 1985, Buchanan left the show for a job as communications director in the Reagan White House. In 1987, Buchanan returned to the show, replacing Novak.