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Special Assignment (Cable Television) #65888

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 08, 1980
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(NYC) Process involved in showing reruns of shows such as "Mary Tyler Moore" for both local television stations and cable television outlined; controversy over situation, due to financial involved, detailed. [ABC senior vice president Everett ERLICK, Teleprompter president Russell KARP - comment.] Karp noted president of largest cable television firm; fins. involved for both cable systems and television stations outlined on screen. [Cable subscriber Jim CASSIE - describes restrictions on noncable television viewing.] San Diego's local television stations noted opposing cable television when it 1st came to town; details given. [KGTV general manager Clayton BRACE - notes that loss of profits hasn't occurred.] Network concern over cable impact on audience size noted unfounded; ad run by CBS once, opposing cable TV, shown, quoted in part on screen. [CBS Broadcast Group president Gene JANKOWSKI, NBC executive vice president Richard SONNENFELDT, ERLICK - comment on cable TV.] Opposition to cable among producers outlined. [MTM producer Grant TINKER - comments.] [Mission Cable general manager Gary WEIK - comments.]
REPORTER: Lynn Sherr

Robinson, Max;
Sherr, Lynn

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