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Chayefsky Interview / Network #41071

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 30, 1976
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(Studio) Reporter notes critique of television in new motion picture "Network", by author Paddy Chayefsky, who wrote many shows for television in its early days, like "Marty." Movie attacks network news in particular. Chayefsky is interviewed; tape shown.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(NYC) Reporter asks author with regard to statement that network news will do anything for higher ratings. [CHAYEFSKY - says he wasn't talking of news depts.; mentions knowing reporter, as well as Walter Cronkite and John Chancellor. Says he was speaking of take-over of networks to be made into cash flow ind. as part of corporation Says if he'd made picture about GM, UAW, United States Steel, Teamsters Union, oil industry, steel industry or others, no one would contest validity. Notes reactions of audiences to picture. Says he's speaking of whole corporate way of life in film.] Reporter asks what is author's fear for TV. [CHAYEFSKY - says he's afraid when responsible people in television go, then industry, which has responsibility to public, will turn into nothing but another profit maker. Says picture is part of work of satirist - to say industry people must watch out for direction of industry and give more than common repetitive banalities of television now.]
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Studio) Says last picture he saw was "Best Years of Our Lives."
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reasoner, Harry;
Walters, Barbara

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