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New York Times: “Reuven Frank, a pioneering television news producer whose career at NBC ran from Huntley and Brinkley (whom he first paired on the evening news in the 1950’s) to Tom Brokaw (whom he installed as a solo anchor in the 1980’s), died Sunday at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey.”
“He was there almost at the beginning (of TV news) and in many ways helped to define what a network news operation would be,” Ron Simon, curator at the Museum of Television & Radio, told The Hollywood Reporter. “He helped define the idea of anchor.”
The Los Angeles Times remembers:
“Throughout his 40-year broadcast career, Frank stressed the importance of strong visuals and storytelling techniques in reporting news stories.
While such an approach might not seem radical today, in the 1950s television still lingered in the shadow of radio, and Frank sketched out a roadmap to exploit the new medium to the fullest.
As he later wrote: ‘Pictures are the point of television reporting.'”