Thursday, November 10, 2016

Access to Sesame Street is Open

Sesame Street aired for the first time on November 10, 1969.
November 10, 1969
Sesame Street
, aired for the first time on this day in 1969. The show was the result of talks between TV producer Joan Ganz Cooney and Carnegie Foundation vice president Lloyd Morrisett. From the beginning, the show featured short films, skits, songs and more hosted by live actors and Jim Henson’s Muppets. In 1981, when the federal government withdrew its funding, the Children’s Television Workshop turned to other revenue sources, including lucrative royalties on books and items based on the show’s characters. In 1999, the show featured a separate segment, “Elmo’s World” due to the popularity of the loved red Muppet. By the show’s 40th anniversary, it was being broadcast in more than 140 countries. As of 2014, Sesame Street has won 159 Emmy Awards and 8 Grammy Awards and yet, we still do not know how to get there.