ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 26, 1980
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(Studio) Psychological impact of ordeal on families of US hostages in Iran noted.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(New York City) Reaction of hostage William Royer's mother to seeing son on tape today reported. [Dorothy ROYER - comments.] [Brother of hostage, David ENGLEMANN - comments.] Richard Hermening, seeing son Kevin, noted also reacting to message sent by another hostage; film shown. [Richard HERMENING, mother of hostage Barbara TIMM, grandmother of hostage Paul Lewis, Mary BUCK, mother of hostage Margaret LAUTERBACH, mother of hostage, Wynona McKEEL - react to seeing relatives.] Possibility that remainder of hostages will be seen tomorrow mentioned.
REPORTER: Richard Anderson (KTRK, WFAA, WISN, WLS, WDTN films/tapes)
(Studio) US refusal to pay Iranian ransom demands and continued negotiating efforts by Algerian diplomats discussed.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) State Department reaction to Algerian visit and Iranian films outlined; official statement quoted on screen, discussed. Apparent differences in this year's messages from hostages from last year's examined. [1979 and 1980, hostage Kevin HERMENING - sends message.] Possible rationale considered.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore