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Roone Arledge

  • Birthplace: Forest Hills, Queens, New York City
  • Birthday: July 08
Date of passing: 
December 05, 2002

Roone Arledge was an American sports and news broadcasting executive who was president of ABC Sports from 1968 until 1986 and ABC News from 1977 until 1998, and a key part of the company's rise to competition with the two other main television networks, NBC and CBS, in the 1960s, '70s, '80s and '90s.

He created many programs still airing today, such as Monday Night Football, ABC World News Tonight, Primetime, Nightline and 20/20.

Arledge was selected by Life magazine as one of the "100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century".

Roone Arledge was an American sports and news broadcasting executive who was president of ABC Sports from 1968 until 1986 and ABC News from 1977 until 1998, and a key part of the company's rise to competition with the two other main television networks, NBC and CBS, in the 1960s, '70s, '80s and '90s.

He created many programs still airing today, such as Monday Night Football, ABC World News Tonight, Primetime, Nightline and 20/20.

Arledge was selected by Life magazine as one of the "100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century".

Sports Illustrated ranked him number three in a list of "the 40 individuals who have most significantly altered or elevated the world of sports in the last four decades".

Roone Arledge was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1989.

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Roone Arledge

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