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Ten O'Clock News; Pamela Smart trial spectators


Marcus Jones reports on the public's interest in the Pamela Smart trial. Includes interviews with "groupies" that wait overnight for public seating inside the courtroom, or to watch the trial on television in an adjoining room. The trial is being broadcast live throughout New Hampshire (shots of residents watching in bars, nursing homes, etc.) and has gained national media attention. Reporter Bill Spencer says that the live courtroom coverage will help people understand the legal system and make them more willing to serve as jurors, but Marcus Jones wonders whether the "circus atmosphere" surrounding the trial is about "justice, or just entertainment." B-roll follows edited story, including courthouse exterior, metal detector, waiting for a place in courtroom, Court Room One signs, bags being searched before entry, people entering courtroom directly, Pamela Smart entering courtroom, onlookers watching on television in overflow room, shots of Smart testimony on television.

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Ten O'Clock News

Pamela Smart trial spectators

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Smart, Pamela
Exeter (N.H.)
News Report
Jones, Marcus (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Pamela Smart trial spectators,” 03/18/1991, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 26, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A4756AB01A8743CEAEE414AC5CF68E64.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Pamela Smart trial spectators.” 03/18/1991. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 26, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A4756AB01A8743CEAEE414AC5CF68E64>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Pamela Smart trial spectators. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A4756AB01A8743CEAEE414AC5CF68E64
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