Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Debuting in 1972, this twice-weekly British news broadcast was aimed at children, though it was refreshingly free of condescension. Even so, host John Craven tended to avoid "hard news," preferring humorous special-interest features. Eventually pared down to a single weekly telecast, the series was retitled as simply Newsround when Craven left in 1979. Remaining constant throughout the series' lengthy run (which extended into the 21st century) was its catchy xylophone background music. John Craven's Newsround also spawned a pair of spin-offs, Newsround Weekly (1977) and Newsround Extra (1981).