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US-Saudi Rel. / Film #270951

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 08, 1980
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(Studio) British produced docudrama, "Death of a Princess", noted causing diplomatic controversy here; film reported based on execution of Saudi princess and her commoner lover 3 years ago. Saudi Arabia recalled expelling British ambassador after Britain's showing of film; Saudis noted now complaining about PBS's scheduled broadcast of movie.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Scenes from film shown, courtesy World WGBH-TV; letter of complaint to State Department from Saudi ambassador Sheik Faisal Alhegelan shown, quoted in part on screen. Following letter to PBS president Lawrence Grossman from deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher shown, quoted in part on screen. State Department spokesperson, without mentioning Saudi oil, said denying United States is pressuring PBS in any way; details given. [Spokesperson Hodding CARTER - notes long relationship with Saudi royal family.] [GROSSMAN - comments on consequences with regard to oil of alienating Saudi royal family.] Mobil Oil Corp.'s ad in "New York Times", calling for PBS reconsideration, shown, quoted in part on screen. Amt. invested in PBS by Mobil annually mentioned; decision to pressure PBS to not show film said coming from highest levels of US government
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Saudi ambassador to United States said incring. pressure by statement issued this afternoon; statement quoted. No. of PBS stations in North Carolina and Houston agreeing not to show film mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

5:37:10 OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) SUMMIT

(Studio) OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) reported ending summit in Saudi Arabia with no apparent agreement on long term oil price strategy; group said not making up any shortages resulting from Iran's oil cutbacks.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin

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