“It was very fascinating and very interesting about some of the people he saw,” Chayefsky told Dave Itskoff for his book. “Crazy like hell: Creating a “Network” and the Fateful Vision of the Most Angry Man in the Movie “(2014). “It made me believe he didn’t intend to treat them kindly.”
Wald resigned from NBC News in 1977 after competing with senior network managers over the issue. Like the signature of an exclusive and expensive contract With former President Gerald R. Ford. His wife, Betty. Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger will appear on a special broadcast of NBC News.
He upheld the signature at the time, but later he began to feel that the fees paid led to a reduction in his budget for special news reports and documentaries, the New York Times reported at the time.
After leaving NBC, Mr. Wald consulted PBS about the future of public television coverage and served as a special assistant for three months. Otis ChandlerLos Angeles Times publisher.
When Mr. Arledge hired him to participate in ABC News in 1978, Mr. Wald had to adapt to the culture there, especially at the Washington office, which was not willing to welcome him.
“If you think you need someone from NBC to help us, you’re wrong.” Frank ReynoldsAccording to Arlage’s memoirs, one of ABC’s “World News Tonight” three anchors said.
Mr Wald adapted and stayed for 21 years.
In addition to his son Matthew, a former New York Times reporter, and Jonathan, a former executive producer of “Today” and “NBC Nightly News,” Wald, who lived in Larchmont, NY, has survived by his daughter. , Elizabeth Wald; 7 grandchildren. And one great-grandson. His wife, Edith (Leslie) Wald, died in 2021.