Network Creation


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Interviewees discuss the creative of television networks. 

Highlights
Herb Granath on the most important component of creating a new cable network
James L. Loper on the beginnings of the PBS Network of stations
Brian Lamb on his initial pitch for C-SPAN
Frank Stanton on the creation of CBS News
Kay Koplovitz on the creation of the Sci-Fi Channel (now SyFy)
Ted Turner on launching TNT
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Ralph M. Baruch

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Ralph M. Baruch on the creation of Showtime and MTV Networks

George Bodenheimer

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George Bodenheimer on ESPN's business model
George Bodenheimer on the culture of ESPN
George Bodenheimer on the reasoning behind launching ESPN2
George Bodenheimer on extending the ESPN brand with the radio network and ESPN.com

Marcy Carsey

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Marcy Carsey on investing in the Oxygen network

Stan Chambers

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Stan Chambers on the history and facilities of KTLA and some of the key people who were there at the beginning

Julia Child

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Julia Child on the advent of The Food Network and her "teaching" her audience

Andy Cohen

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Andy Cohen on Barry Diller offering him the opportunity to be Vice President of Original Programming at the cable channel, TRIO

Doug Herzog with Emerson College

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Doug Herzog on helping to create Comedy Central's identity, and on the creation of The Daily Show
Doug Herzog on the evolving standards of Comedy Central, and on South Park and The Daily Show

James Day

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James Day on initial funding efforts of KQED

Roy E. Disney

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Roy E. Disney on the formative years of the Disney company

Jerry Falwell

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Jerry Falwell on his purchase of the Liberty Broadcasting Cable Network

Richard Frank

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Richard Frank on the failed Paramount Television Service

Leonard H. Goldenson

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Leonard Goldenson his deal with Edward J. Noble (head of Lifesavers) to purchase NBC's Blue network, which became ABC
Leonard Goldenson on convincing Paramount's board members to buy ABC
Leonard Goldenson on acquiring ESPN and starting A&E

Herb Granath

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Herb Granath on the start of the Lifetime cable channel
Herb Granath on the growth of ESPN and the launch of ESPN 2
Herb Granath on the birth of The History Channel
Herb Granath on the birth and management of CBS cable
Herb Granath on the birth of ESPN
Herb Granath on the formation of Eurosport
Herb Granath on becoming Co-Chairman of the Hallmark Network
Herb Granath on the most important component of creating a new cable network

Donald Hall

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Donald Hall on the formation of Hallmark Entertainment and The Hallmark Channel

Don Hastings

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Don Hastings on the set and costumes of Captain Video and His Video Rangers, and on the DuMont Television Network

Robert Johnson

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Robert Johnson on starting BET
Robert Johnson on John Malone's role in creating BET
Robert Johnson on the early business plan and promotional activity of BET
Robert Johnson on coming up with the name BET

Kay Koplovitz

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Kay Koplovitz on realizing in 1973 that cable television would offer opportunities and joining UA-Columbia
Kay Koplovitz on HBO's early years in the 1970s
Kay Koplovitz on launching Madison Square Garden Sports Network , the first basic cable network
Kay Koplovitz on changing the name of her network Madison Square Garden Sports Network to USA in 1979
Kay Koplovitz on the creation of the Sci-Fi Channel (now SyFy)

Brian Lamb

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Brian Lamb on the inception of C-SPAN
Brian Lamb on coming up with the idea for C-SPAN
Brian Lamb on his initial pitch for C-SPAN
Brian Lamb on putting C-SPAN together and the politics involved in C-SPAN's development
Brian Lamb on C-SPAN's first day of broadcast and early lack of programming
Brian Lamb on the creation of C-SPAN 2 and getting the Senate televised and C-SPAN 3

James L. Loper

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James L. Loper on getting public television station KCET on the air
James L. Loper on developing instructional television
James L. Loper on the beginnings of the PBS Network of stations
James L. Loper on PBS programming and the mission of PBS
James L. Loper on obstacles to creating PBS and dealing with Washington D.C.

Wink Martindale

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Wink Martindale on the advent of Game Show Network

Michael Moye

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Michael Moye on the pilot, initial testing, and network notes for Married...With Children
Michael Moye on Married...With Children 's place on the new FOX network
Michael Moye on FOX executives hating Married...With Children
Michael Moye on "the Rakolta incident" (so called because a woman named Terry Rakolta complained about content on Married...With Children) and FOX withholding fan mail; on subsequent problems with the network

Jeff Probst

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Jeff Probst on the FX cable channel

Ward Quaal

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Ward Quaal on WGN becoming a superstation

Lee Rich

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Lee Rich on the network creators: David Sarnoff (NBC), William S. Paley (CBS), and Leonard Goldenson (ABC)

Thomas W. Sarnoff

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Thomas W. Sarnoff on his father, NBC founder David Sarnoff
Thomas W. Sarnoff on the vision of his father, NBC founder David Sarnoff
Thomas W. Sarnoff on David Sarnoff's legacy

Herbert S. Schlosser

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Herbert S. Schlosser on his involvement in the creation of the A&E cable network, and on the state of cable at the time

Reese Schonfeld

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Reese Schonfeld on an early proposed cable news network before CNN
Reese Schonfeld on meeting Ted Turner, and on the creation of CNN
Reese Schonfeld on staffing CNN along with Ted Turner at its inception
Reese Schonfeld on organizing CNN in secret, at first
Reese Schonfeld on Ted Turner's original idea for CNN, and on how Schonfeld developed it from there
Reese Schonfeld on CNN's innovative operating structure: "bottom/up," rather than "top/down" as network news did at that time
Reese Schonfeld on CNN's schedule when it first went on the air
Reese Schonfeld on CNN's early revenue
Reese Schonfeld on Ted Turner choosing the name "CNN," and on creating the CNN logo
Reese Schonfeld on how CNN covered breaking news around the world in its early days
Reese Schonfeld on Rome being the location of CNN's first main European base
Reese Schonfeld on hiring Ed Turner to be executive vice president of CNN
Reese Schonfeld on hiring Ted Kavanau as CNN's senior producer
Reese Schonfeld on hiring Jim Kitchell as CNN's vice president of production and operations
Reese Schonfeld on Burt Reinhardt's role in the development of CNN
Reese Schonfeld on CNN being completely computerized when it went on the air
Reese Schonfeld on the early technology used by CNN, some of which gave it a leg up on network news
Reese Schonfeld on the "open newsroom" look of the early CNN broadcasts
Reese Schonfeld on CNN getting the FCC to change the rules on live broadcasts
Reese Schonfeld on the early CNN graphics
Reese Schonfeld on CNN launch day, June 1, 1980
Reese Schonfeld on Ted Turner raising the capital to launch CNN, and on their early operating budget
Reese Schonfeld on CNN CFO Bill Bevins being at odds with Ted Turner over CNN investors, and on the potential threat of an early CNN competitor
Reese Schonfeld on striking a deal with Steve Ross at Time Warner to use one of their transponders for CNN
Reese Schonfeld on the challenges CNN faced overing its first big story, the Falklands War between Argentina and the United Kingdom
Reese Schonfeld on Ted Turner being hands-on at CNN in the beginning regarding content
Reese Schonfeld on CNN's initial advertisers
Reese Schonfeld on CNN's initial advertisers when it first went on the air
Reese Schonfeld on finding on-air talent for the first few years of CNN, including Bernard Shaw
Reese Schonfeld on his and Ted Turner's attempt to hire Dan Rather to be the main anchor at the inception of CNN
Reese Schonfeld on hiring Bill Zimmerman, Sandy Freeman, Lou Dobbs and various others as on-air talent at the start of CNN
Reese Schonfeld on the rules for their initial CNN anchors, including Kathleen Sullivan
Reese Schonfeld on teaching then-new CNN employees about journalism with "CNN College"
Reese Schonfeld on the first stories CNN covered, including an interview with then president Jimmy Carter
Reese Schonfeld on the decision to make CNN a non-union shop
Reese Schonfeld on dealing with the FCC on satellite delivery of television
Reese Schonfeld on the creation of the Food Network
Reese Schonfeld on the creation of the Food Network
Reese Schonfeld on Emeril Lagasse's early Food Network shows
Reese Schonfeld on running Julia Child's old shows on the Food Network, and on trying to position the network for women
Reese Schonfeld on the early personalities of the Food Network
Reese Schonfeld on what made the Food Network a success
Reese Schonfeld on Scripps Howard taking over the Food Network

Daniel Schorr

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Daniel Schorr on working for CNN at the creation of the network by Ted Turner

Chet Simmons

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Chet Simmons on leaving NBC Sports, and on the creation of ESPN
Chet Simmonson leaving NBC Sports for the newly created ESPN
Chet Simmons on ESPN founders Bill and Scott Rasmussen, and the other people at the network when it started
Chet Simmons on ESPN's early scheduling process
Chet Simmons on ESPN's early primetime schedule
Chet Simmons on the amount of live coverage ESPN did in their early years, and on the number of viewers and cable system at its launch
Chet Simmons on the first moments on the air at ESPN, and on the look and sponsors of the network at the time
Chet Simmons on ESPN's schedule when they first went on the air, and the demographics of the network and early success
Chet Simmons on ESPN's early offices, equipment, technology, and location
Chet Simmons on the growth of ESPN during his tenure

Frank Stanton

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Frank Stanton on CBS getting into television, and the CBS network coverage in the early days
Frank Stanton on the FCC issuing the original licenses to television stations around the country, and CBS' failed color system
Frank Stanton on where CBS stood in relation to NBC in the earliest days of television, and on eventually surpassing them with I Love Lucy
Frank Stanton on the creation of CBS News for television, and Edward R. Murrow's reluctance to do television
Frank Stanton on the design and construction of CBS Television City in Los Angeles
Frank Stanton on the design and construction of CBS Black Rock in New York City
Frank Stanton on the design and construction of CBS Black Rock
Frank Stanton on the design and creation of the CBS eye logo
Frank Stanton on what he feels is the lack of adequate maintenance of CBS Black Rock
Frank Stanton on what CBS Black Rock meant to CBS
Frank Stanton on the creation of CBS News
Frank Stanton on CBS News' initial roster of correspondents

Ted Turner

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Ted Turner on the birth of CNN
Ted Turner on the premiere and early budget for CNN
Ted Turner on the budgetary constraints on forming CNN
Ted Turner on network resistance to CNN; on his concept for and naming CNN
Ted Turner on creating CNN II (Headline News)
Ted Turner on launching TNT
Ted Turner on purchasing Hanna-Barbera's library and creating the Cartoon Network
Ted Turner on creating TCM, Turner Classic Movies

Bill Tush

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Bill Tush on an early TV Guide article about "Superstation" WTCG
Bill Tush on WTCG being beamed via satellite and becoming a "Superstation"
Bill Tush on the advent of CNN

Dean Valentine

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Dean Valentine on being named president and chief executive of UPN a year after it launched
Dean Valentine on the steps he took as president and chief executive officer of UPN to boost ratings, and on battling The WB

Tony Verna

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Tony Verna on working with ESPN and how they've changed sports broadcasting

Av Westin

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Av Westin on the Public Broadcasting Laboratory

Lauren Zalaznick

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Lauren Zalaznick on the experience of creating and branding the Trio network
Lauren Zalaznick on programming the Trio network
Lauren Zalaznick on what she learned about programming as the head of Trio

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