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Richard C. Wald, Leader in Print and Network News, Dies at 92


Mr. Chayefsky “was very charming, and he was very funny about a number of the people he’d seen,” Mr. Wald told Dave Itzkoff for his book “Mad as Hell: The Making of ‘Network’ and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies” (2014). “Which led me to consider that he was not going to treat them kindly.”

Mr. Wald resigned from NBC News in 1977 after disputes with the network’s upper management over issues just like the signing of exclusive and expensive contracts with former President Gerald R. Ford; his wife, Betty; and Henry A. Kissinger, the previous secretary of state, to seem on special NBC News broadcasts.

Although he endorsed the signings on the time, he later got here to feel that the fees paid had led to cuts in his budget for special news reports and documentaries, The Latest York Times reported on the time.

After leaving NBC, Mr. Wald consulted with PBS on the longer term of news-gathering on public television and for 3 months was a special assistant to Otis Chandler, publisher of The Los Angeles Times.

When Mr. Arledge recruited him to hitch ABC News in 1978, Mr. Wald had to regulate to the culture there, especially within the Washington bureau, which didn’t greet him happily.

“In the event you think we’d like some guy from NBC to assist us, you’re mistaken,” Frank Reynolds, considered one of three anchors on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” said, in accordance with Mr. Arledge’s memoir.

Mr. Wald adapted and stayed for 21 years.

Along with his sons Matthew, a former reporter for The Latest York Times, and Jonathan, a former executive producer of “Today” and “NBC Nightly News,” Mr. Wald, who lived in Larchmont, N.Y., is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Wald; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson. His wife, Edith (Leslie) Wald, died in 2021.

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