Death of Roone Arledge

July 8, 1931 - December 5, 2002
New York, New York | Age 71

Pioneering ABC TV executive
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ABC News chairman Roone Arledge was remembered as an industry pioneer who ushered in the era of primetime sports, mentored top broadcasters and developed new ways to present the news.

Shows from "Monday Night Football'' to "Nightline'' owed huge debts to Arledge, who died Thursday in New York of complications from cancer, the network said. He was 71.

"Roone Arledge invented television sports and then reinvented television news,'' said one of his proteges, Dick Ebersol, who...

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