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Telephone Libel Suit / Texas #232085

CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 25, 1974
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(Studio) Libel suit begins involving telephone company scandal.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(San Antonio, Texas) On October 17, Vice President Southwestern Bell Telephone Company T.O. Gravitt killed self. In suicide note, he charged company with extensive wrongdoing. [Son Mike GRAVITT - says father saw how it pervaded political contributions and excesses in corps. without proper regulations.] Gravitt's family and fired employee, Jim Ashley, meet company in court in $29 million suit charging company with libel. [ASHLEY - says company guilty of deceit and erroneous info.] Company says Ashley fired for misconduct. [Phone rep. C.L. TODD - says Ashley's dismissal proof company won't tolerate wrongdoing. Some of Ashley's charges are why he was dismissed.] Phone rates higher here than anywhere; no state commissioner to regular utilities, and charges made with regard to wiretaps.

Cronkite, Walter;
Rabel, Ed

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