May 4, 1992 |
Robert C. Buchanan, 67, a former stage manager for KYW-TV who worked with network television personalities, died yesterday at his home in the Torresdale section. During his 37-year career, Mr. Buchanan coordinated camera locations and props for entertainers whose shows originated from the Channel 3 studios. He worked with Ernie Kovacs, Mike Douglas, Tom Snyder, Maury Povich and Jessica Savitch, among others. His job with KYW, in fact, was the only position he held after graduating from Temple University in 1951.
July 29, 1991
Is it an invasion of privacy for newspapers to photograph funerals of prominent persons? The Daily News, on this page, asked readers' views on this topic, and the response was about evenly divided, with a slight edge to those who believe such coverage is justified. These are some of the comments telephoned in: "No, if it's a private affair, I think you should honor the request of the family. " "It's an invasion of privacy, because it's a personal and sorrowful thing.
February 10, 1989 |
The world of show biz - and that would include the news according to network television - is famous for eating its young, old, middle-aged and even innocent bystanders. Among the young was Jessica Savitch, among the innocent was Cheryl Crane, and two new paperbacks, one about Savitch and one by Crane, are mesmerizing page-turners in the best sense: You are haunted and intrigued by their lives and, by extension, by the possibilities of life. Golden Girl: The Story of Jessica Savitch by Alanna Nash (Signet, $4.95)
April 19, 1988 |
Ed Bradley acknowledged yesterday that he did have a "romantic relationship" with Jessica Savitch in the early 1970s. The "60 Minutes" correspondent said he could not come to the phone to speak personally, but passed word through his assistant, Bonnie Bellamy, that he had an affair with Savitch when he was a radio reporter for WCBS in New York and she was an administrative assistant for CBS. Again through Bellamy, Bradley said he continued a...
April 18, 1988 |
"Encountering the lethal competition and relentless pressure of NBC's Washington bureau at the relatively tender age of 30 (she consistently represented herself as a year younger on all publicity releases) would have been hard on even the most mature and well balanced of broadcasters, and Savitch was neither . . . Newsroom regulars traded tales of her temper tantrums, her high-hat demands, her reportorial fumbles, and her alleged affairs with various news division VIPs. Nonetheless, even her most bitter critics had to acknowledge that she had a red-light reflex to die for; when the scarlet light went on over a studio camera, signaling that she was on the air, Savitch summoned up every ounce of her 100-pound frame and projected herself straight through the television set into the viewer's living room . . . In, 1983, Savitch was no longer young, nor was she a rising star.
February 8, 1988 |
Lori Savitch just wants to do a story - a whole bunch of different stories, really - in her hometown. "I love it. I love the idea of being a general assignment reporter in the place I grew up," said Savitch, who starts her job on Channel 29's (WTAF) "Ten O'Clock News" Feb. 29. "Something new every day. And I will be back near the family I love. " That family she loves, of course, is also the family of the late newswoman Jessica Savitch, Lori's older sister, who died in 1983 when a car in which she was riding fell plunged into the canal next to a New Hope restaurant's parking lot. But at least in the local TV news world, where gossip flows like the Mississippi during spring flood time, there is little bustle over the arrival of "Jessica's sister" in town.
January 30, 1988 |
Jessica Savitch may have appeared to have been a woman who had everything, but a forthcoming biography of the late KYW-TV and NBC-TV anchor says her TV image masked a tragic life. In Golden Girl: The Story of Jessica Savitch, due early this summer, Kentucky journalist Alanna Nash says Savitch was plagued by drug problems (cocaine) and a miserable love life (her first marriage ended in divorce after 10 months, and her second husband became ill and hanged himself five months into the marriage)
January 28, 1988 |
Jessica Savitch's mother, two sisters and seven friends will split more than $8 million from a settlement of a lawsuit arising from the 1983 drowning of the NBC-TV anchorwoman in a canal behind a New Hope, Bucks County, restaurant. According to one lawyer in the case, $7 million of the settlement was paid by the New York Post, whose insurance covered the leased station wagon in which Savitch died. Martin M. Fischbein, vice president and assistant general manager of the Post, was driving the car on the fatal evening of Oct. 23. After sharing a meal with Savitch at the Chez Odette restaurant, Fischbein drove onto a nearby towpath, evidently thinking it was the main road.