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Episode Number
Three Men
Producing Organization
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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Library of Congress (Washington, District of Columbia)
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Episode Description
As the United Nations approaches its twentieth anniversary, its tremendous growth can be seen not only by the size of its General Assembly but also in the active role of its chief administrator, the Secretary-General. The episode's commentator, James Eayrs, notes that the Secretary-General's job was originally thought of as that of a housekeeper. Since its beginnings, the functions of this high office have enlarged to that of peace-maker, diplomat, general of military forces, mediator, and financier -- brought about by grave crises in Korea, Berlin, the Suez, the Congo, Cyprus, the Russian attempt to replace the office with a troika, and by the three men who have stamped their personalities on the office. THREE MEN focuses upon the United Nations' three Secretaries-General -- the affable and optimistic Norwegian Trygve Lie, the remote and mystical Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden, and the present successor, U Thant of Burma. Interspersed with film excerpts, photos, and commentary, THREE MEN also includes an interview with UN Secretary-General U Thant, and Andrew Cordier, who has served as chief assistant to all three Secretaries-General and is now dean of Columbia University's school of international affairs. UN Secretary-General U Thant says of his job: "I feel that the Secretary-General will be called upon to perform more and more functions not originally contemplated in the Charter so long as the Security Council is called in the performance of certain functions because of the Cold War, because of the existence of fear and suspicion, which are unfortunately still a feature of our society, and so long as the big powers do not come to an agreement regarding the actual functioning of the Security Council." As for the United Nations organization, Secretary-General U Thant says he finds new member states gaining in maturity and the older members more understanding of the attitudes of the smaller countries. "This is in itself a very big help for the proper functioning of this organization. Therefore, I believe very strongly in universality and I welcome the rapid expansion of the United Nations membership," he says. Mr. Cordier, reflecting upon his service in the UN, says of Secretary-General Hammarskjold, "... I would put him as the number one diplomat of the world of this generation, although there are many good diplomats with whom I worked during eighteen years, but he is the number one in terms of his total skill and total effectiveness. "?INTERTEL: THREE MEN: a production of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. (Description adapted from documents in the NET Microfiche)
Other Description
Intertel, a dramatic breakthrough in the dissemination of ideas and cultural exchange through television, was conceived in November 1960. Five television broadcasters in the four major English-speaking nations joined to form the International Television Federation, to be known as Intertel, the first such international organization. The participants were Associated Rediffusion, Ltd. of Great Britain, the Australian Broadcasting Commission, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and for the United States, the National Educational Television and Radio Center and the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company. Intertel produced on a bi-monthly basis hour-long documentaries on important world topics, inaugurating a global television production agency dedicated to the creation of programs of substance and meaning. John F. White, President of NET, called Intertel more than a fusion of the creative talents of the organizations involved in producing television programs of outstanding merit. It is a step forward to world understanding, he added. I believe that the exchange of documentaries, while of great significance in the vastness of the mutual understanding in it can foster, is but the first step in a regular exchange of all forms of programming. Donald H. McGannon, President of WBC, hailed the new organization as a pool of the technical and creative ability and knowledge of all the groups which will extend the international horizons of television in all aspects. This is the first practical step, after years of talking and hoping, toward the creation and use of international television for cultural exchange and an effective weapon for peace. By having observers examine topics far removed from their everyday assignments, Intertel gives viewers a fresh viewpoint. The founder members indicated that by dubbing these programs in foreign languages and making them available to all nations, they hoped television companies in Europe, Asia and South America will eventually join this unique project. The supervisory committee for the United States programming segments consists of Mr. McGannon and Mr. White; Richard M. Pack, WBC Vice President Programming; and Robert Hudson, NET Vice President for Programming. Intertel came into formal being November 14, 1960, in a special meeting in Vancouver, B.C., and the culmination of plans for such an association which has been under way for a long time. John McMilliam of Associate Rediffusion, was named contemporary Coordinating Officer at that time. (Description adapted from documents in the NET Microfiche)
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Asset type
Global Affairs
Public Affairs
Media type
Moving Image
Composer: McCauley, William
Host: Eayrs, James
Interviewee: Thant, U
Interviewee: Cordier, Andrew
Producer: Tovell, Vincent
Producing Organization: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Writer: Eayrs, James George, 1926-
AAPB Contributor Holdings
Library of Congress
Identifier: 2419630-1 (MAVIS Item ID)
Format: 16mm film
Generation: Copy: Access
Color: B&W
Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive
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Format: 16mm film
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Chicago: “Intertel; 24; Three Men,” 1965-02-17, Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 28, 2022,
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