Key Player in Launch of Action News Format Dies

By Kevin Eck 

Lew Klein, who played a role in launching the Action News format, has died. Klein was 91.

Klein started working at WFIL, the Philadelphia station where Action News originated and later became ABC owned station WPVI, in 1952.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, a spokesperson with Temple University says Mr. Klein was recovering from heart surgery when he slipped and fell and hit his head over the weekend.


During his career, Klein worked as executive producer of American Bandstand when it was recorded in Philadelphia and as producer for the Philadelphia Phillies telecasts for fifteen years.

The College of Media and Communications at Temple University was named for Klein in 2017. He’d been teaching classes there for 67 years.

The university told WPVI Klein helped launch the careers of hundreds of professionals, including CBS Evening News Executive Producer Steve Capus, comedian Bob Saget, and the late host and producer Dick Clark.

Klein is survived by his wife, Janet, his children, a granddaughter, and his great-grandchildren.