Wolf Blitzer Celebrates 5 years in The Situation Room

By Chris Ariens 

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Five years ago today “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer went on the air — the once three-hour, afternoon newscast with its wall of video monitors (not always color-corrected), was revolutionary at the time.

“When our Washington bureau chief David Bohrman first told me about his idea for a show that would have me standing in front of a wall for hours, I thought he was crazy,” Blitzer tells TVNewser.

And for the last five years, Blitzer has covered hurricanes, earthquakes, elections and more … while standing at those monitors. He sits during commercial breaks, which we saw during a set visit last year.

The show was shortened to two hours (5-7pmET) earlier this year with the expansion of Rick’s List. CNN calls The Situation Room a “command center for breaking news, politics and extraordinary reports from around the world.”

“It only took a few shows to see how our format gave viewers a window to world news in a way never before accomplished on television,” Blitzer tells us, adding, “I am proud of that innovation and look forward to continuing to break the mold in years to come.”

Earlier on TVNewser: 20 Years at CNN for Wolf Blitzer

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