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The Tunnel (1962 film)

The Tunnel was a 90-minute family members by digging a tunnel underneath the Berlin Wall. Produced by Reuven Frank and narrated by Piers Anderton, it was an NBC White Paper installment that was broadcast on December 10, 1962 and sponsored by the Gulf Oil Corporation.[1]

The Tunnel earned three Emmy Awards in 1963. It was the only documentary to receive the award as The Program of the Year.[2] It was also honored for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Documentary (awarded to Frank) and Outstanding Achievement in International Reporting (awarded to Anderton).[3][4]

The Tunnel was the basis for a pair of similarly named German projects (Der Tunnel) which were released just under four decades after the original. One was the 1999 documentary directed by Marcus Vetter, which featured the NBC footage accompanied by firsthand accounts from the actual participants.[5] The other was the 2001 television movie production directed by Roland Suso Richter, which was loosely based on the events recorded in the original.[6]


An internal memo issued by Frank to the crew working on the documentary included the following outline of the goals of television news production:

Controversy & postponement

The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) officially announced on October 11, 1962 that it was going to televise the documentary on October 31 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (EST).[8] Reluctant to add to global tensions in light of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the television network decided on October 23 to indefinitely postpone the broadcast.[9]

See also


  1. ^ . New York City: Columbia University Press, 1991.Now the News: The Story of Broadcast JournalismBliss, Edward.
  2. ^ "Former NBC News Exec Reuven Frank Dies," Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Monday, February 6, 2006.
  3. ^ 1962–1963 Emmy Awards – infoplease.
  4. ^ , Thursday, September 23, 2004.San Francisco ChroniclePiers Barron Anderton (death notice),
  5. ^ ) – Filmperspektive.The Tunnel (Der Tunnel
  6. ^ Under The Radar (magazine).) – The Tunnel (Der Tunnel
  7. ^ , August 2007.The American Journal of BioethicsBraun, Joshua A. "The Imperatives of Narrative: Health Interest Groups and Morality in Network News,"
  8. ^ Adams, Val. "N.B.C.-TV Plans Documentary On Berlin Tunnel It Helped Build," The New York Times, Friday, October 12, 1962.
  9. ^ Shepard, Richard F. "N.B.C. Postpones Tunnel Telecast," The New York Times, Wednesday, October 24, 1962.

External links

  • NBC Special Report: The Tunnel – NBC News Archives.
  • (transcript) – NBC Learn.The Tunnel
  • , Tuesday, February 7, 2006.The New York TimesSteinberg, Jacques. "Reuven Frank, Producer Who Pioneered TV News Coverage at NBC, Is Dead at 85,"
  • , Tuesday, February 7, 2006.Los Angeles TimesCollins, Scott. "Reuven Frank, 85; NBC Producer Helped Launch 'Huntley-Brinkley' Show,

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