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Roberts 1 The TV Quiz Show Scandal The 1950s is when quiz shows started to become popular in the United States (Batchelor) . Everyone developed a new obsession with these types of shows . At the peak of the craze there were 22 quiz shows (“Quiz Shows”) . They were originally popular on radio but eventually made their way over to television . The “big money” quiz shows were so popular because the suspense was so much more dramatic (Doherty) . Radio quiz shows had awarded a maximum of $64 in the 1940s but now the top prize was upwards of $64,000 (Doherty) . This obviously created a huge excitement . But with that excitement came the desire to win and doing anything to win . This is where the quiz show scandal comes into play . It came to be discovered that producers and sponsors were giving certain “fan favorites” the answers so that they could keep the contestants winning and their audiences to maintain watching (“Quiz Shows”) . This rocked the television world and put audiences in a whirlwind . This scandal prompted a change in how quiz shows were handled and even how networks operated (Hilmes) . The quiz show scandal even effects how certain things are done today in regards to networks, sponsors, and quiz shows .
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