Wide World of Roone

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photoRoone Arledge knew television. He brought state-of-the-art technologies to sports programming, including instant replay, slow motion, and advanced graphics . He put Howard Cosell on the air. At the Munich Olympics in 1972, he produced for a world audience the first live coverage of a terror attack, when the Palestinian Black September Movement murdered 11 Israeli athletes.

As president of ABC News, he turned a third-place network into number one, creating such programs as Nightline, World News Tonight, and 20/20.

We remember a true American visionary who transformed the television industry.


Robert Zelnick, chair of the journalism department, Boston University

Bob Thompson, professor of media and popular culture at Syracuse University

Charles Pierce, the Boston Globe

This program aired on December 6, 2002.


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