Search the Archive

Owen Interview #705588

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 05, 1977
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(London, England) Economic conference to be test for President Carter & also debut of sorts for Prime Minister Callaghan's surprise choice for foreign secretary, David Owen, to succeed late Anthony Crosland. Owen is youngest to hold position since Anthony Eden, before WW II. Owen's background noted; is married to American from Long Island, New York. (Interview shown.) Anchor asks what is expected from economic conference. [OWEN - doesn't expect concrete proposals, but does expect leaders will have greater understanding of each other, other nations, & world.] Anchor asks if he is seriously concerned with Soviet military buildup. [OWEN - says yes. Is hard to understand why it is happening; does not believe it is to be major threat to posterity.] Is asked regarding Rhodesia issue & possible reconvening of Geneva conference [OWEN - does not want Geneva-style conference again. Talks of needs he sees before such conference attempted. Has said he wants to see majority rule in Rhodesia in 1978, but not restricted to specific time.] Anchor asks if rest of world should be reacting to South Africa's racial policies. [OWEN - says yes; cites South Africa Prime Minister John Vorster's view that black Africans fundamentally different from whites. Feels this is erroneous & that South Africa government must be made to see racial policies must change if it is to live in international world.] Is asked for view of Carter administration. [OWEN - says administration is determined to make changes & has made some. Enjoys working with Carter; cites views of President.] REPORTER: Walter Cronkite


Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.