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ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2000 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The organic food industry kept up its attack on ABC News correspondent John Stossel, asking Thursday for ABC to issue a full retraction of his Feb. 4 "20/20" report questioning the safety of organic food. ABC News declined to comment, although Stossel is expected to address a number of the criticisms on tonight's "20/20."
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BUSINESS
August 10, 2000 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
ABC News officially reprimanded "20/20" correspondent John Stossel and suspended producer David Fitzpatrick on Wednesday over an error in a report the two did questioning the safety of organic food. The disciplinary actions may not be the last, however; ABC News sources said the company is continuing its investigation into the disputed report, which aired Feb. 4 and was repeated July 7 over objections of the organic food community.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2000 | ELIZABETH JENSEN
ABC News apologized for an error in John Stossel's Feb. 4 "20/20" report, rerun on July 7, on the safety of organic food. Stossel had reported that produce tested at the request of ABC News found no pesticide residue, but in fact, ABC said, the produce hadn't been tested for pesticides.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2000 | BRIAN LOWRY and ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Although ABC is still a few weeks away from setting next season's prime-time lineup, the top-rated network finds itself with plenty of questions to answer and political fires to douse, many of them raised by the show that thrust it onto that perch, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." One question that could have particularly significant ramifications: Will Barbara Walters stay at "20/20"?
NEWS
March 4, 1999 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, TIMES TELEVISION CRITIC
Dueling Monicas. Each was attractive. Each had experience with a higher power. Each was renowned for touching others. Each was on television Wednesday night. So much for the striking parallels between Monica S. Lewinsky and the Irish-bred angelic Monica of the hit series "Touched by an Angel," which CBS counter-programmed against the second half of Barbara Walters' two-hour interview with Lewinsky in hopes of putting a dent in ABC's expected huge audience.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 1999 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The story behind ABC News' heavily hyped interview with Monica Lewinsky tonight is turning out to be almost as fascinating as what the interview subject herself will have to say--especially since many highlights have already been leaked, from a tape that the network believes was stolen.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 1998 | LESLIE BERGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
No one likes to feel redundant, especially household names. So ABC gathered a half-dozen anchors under one roof Thursday morning in a polished performance of network unity to launch the new version of its newsmagazine "20/20." The informal continental breakfast at ABC's sleek Manhattan headquarters wasn't much of an unveiling, however.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 1998 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taking a page from NBC's playbook, ABC will combine its "20/20" and "PrimeTime Live" newsmagazines into one new program next fall that will have three editions each week, all called "20/20." ABC News Chairman Roone Arledge and ABC News President David Westin made the announcement Tuesday during the network's unveiling of its fall prime-time schedule before advertisers and media representatives in New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 1998 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CBS is considering creating a second night of "60 Minutes" for its prime-time schedule but the show's creator and his star correspondents are strongly opposed to the idea. "Certain broadcasts come along once in a lifetime--they don't come along twice in a lifetime," creator and executive producer Don Hewitt said in an interview Thursday. "We're all opposed to it," echoed "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney. "It's a terrible idea."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1998 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Glendale hospital worker who allegedly told police he killed 40 to 50 people will take his case to a nationwide television audience later this week. Officials with both the syndicated news magazine "EXTRA" and ABC's "20/20" said Monday that they will broadcast taped interviews with Efren Saldivar, the 28-year-old respiratory therapist who purportedly confessed to killing terminally ill patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
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