Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The quintessential Canadian panel show, Front Page Challenge was What's My Line? cross-pollinated with Meet the Press. On each half-hour episode, four regular panelists -- all prominent journalists -- tried to guess the identity of a mystery guest and/or identify a late-breaking news story after watching a brief film clip. The panelists were also called upon to ascertain the "Canadian connection" represented by guest stars from other countries. The guests chosen on the series were a truly eclectic bunch, ranging from past Canadian PMs to Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, from newsman Walter Cronkite to football flash Joe Namath, from screen legend Mary Pickford to comedian Groucho Marx, and from former American first lady Eleanor Roosevelt to the amazing Errol Flynn. Once the game portion of the program was finished, the panelists and guests engaged in a lively discussion on a variety of topics. Created by John Aylesworth, Front Page Challenge was originally telecast by the CBC beginning June 24, 1957, and ending in the fall of 1995.