August 7, 1994 |
Diane Sawyer has been a part of the newsmagazine landscape on both CBS and ABC. A look at notable network attempts at weekly prime-time newsmagazines: SEPT. 24, 1968--Debut of CBS' "60 Minutes," with original correspondents Mike Wallace and Harry Reasoner. The show becomes a ratings hit in the 1976-77 season after moving to Sundays at 7 p.m. In 1984, Diane Sawyer joins the series for five years. JUNE 6, 1978--"20/20" debuts on ABC with anchors Harold Hayes and Robert Hughes.
August 13, 1990 |
ABC newsman Sam Donaldson says he might be too nice. The acid-tongued reporter pulled his punches during verbal sparring with "PrimeTime Live" co-anchor Diane Sawyer when the low-rated show premiered last year, he said in the Aug. 18 issue of TV Guide. "I could not bring myself to slap Diane across the chops," he said. "With George Will (his sparring partner on ABC's "This Week With David Brinkley"), I have no problem. Maybe it's a sexist thing; I don't know. I haven't analyzed the motivation."
June 16, 1995 |
Michael Jackson's interview with Diane Sawyer didn't pull the kind of ratings he racked up in his 1993 appearance with Oprah Winfrey, but he scored a decisive victory over the NBA. Jackson's appearance on "PrimeTime Live" Wednesday night was seen in about 24.7 million homes, according to figures released Thursday by the A.C. Nielsen Co. NBC's coverage of what turned out to be the Houston Rockets' title-clinching game against Orlando drew viewers in about 13.
January 12, 1990 |
Don Hewitt, admitting he's "ashamed" of his recent behavior toward former "60 Minutes" correspondent Diane Sawyer, says he has apologized to her and they've made a date for lunch. Hewitt, the executive producer of "60 Minutes," received some criticism after he apparently snubbed Sawyer as he and six others were inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in Los Angeles Sunday. Hewitt said press reports had it wrong.
September 16, 2003 |
The locket worked, but so did the patriotic books. ABC's Diane Sawyer won the frenzy to do the first TV interview with former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch, which will air in November as a special edition of "Primetime," followed the next morning by an interview with NBC's "Today" show co-anchor Katie Couric. To gain the attention of Lynch and her media advisors, Sawyer accompanied her interview request with a locket that featured a photo of Lynch's family home; Couric sent the books.
June 13, 1990 |
At its annual affiliates convention this morning in Century City, ABC hauled out its glittery array of news stars--Peter Jennings, David Brinkley, Barbara Walters, Ted Koppel and Sam Donaldson, with Diane Sawyer live by remote from New York. They talked about freedom around the world, flag-burning, poverty and other big issues. But then they invited questions from the audience of about 1,200 station executives in the Century Plaza ballroom.
August 1, 1999 |
A curious subject came up last week when it was suggested that ABC-TV's Diane Sawyer was wrong to ask for a couple of days off work after the plane crash of family friend John F. Kennedy Jr., rather than reporting the story for the people who pay her. Any criticism of Sawyer on this score is unjustified, for more than one reason. She was hardly the only ABC newsperson able to do this story. Peter and Babs and others there could handle it.
May 5, 1999 |
Defining moments, from Diane to Dan . . . On Monday, "The CBS Evening News" reran a portion of an interview in Belgrade that was aired in full the previous evening on "60 Minutes." The subject was Mirjana Markovic, the influential Marxist academic whose husband, Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic, has been on the receiving end of relentless NATO air and verbal attacks.
February 28, 1989 |
After weeks of pondering who to appoint as executive producer of the new Sam Donaldson-Diane Sawyer prime-time news series, ABC News President Roone Arledge on Monday named Phyllis McGrady to the post. Her appointment was part of a management shuffle in which veteran executive Av Westin, whose contract expires at the end of next month, was replaced as head of long-form programming at ABC News.