Broadcasting pioneer Stanton dead at 98

BOSTON, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- A pioneer in TV broadcasting development, Frank Stanton died this weekend in Boston at the age of 98.

The New York Times reported that Stanton, who revolutionized television during his nearly three decades as CBS president, succumbed to a prolonged illness Sunday at his Boston home.


Working with tycoon William S. Paley, Stanton used their individual strengths to make CBS a major TV player as they blended high culture with quality journalism to develop the world's first concept of TV broadcasting.

"Paley had a restless, readily satisfied curiosity while Stanton probed more deeply and was interested in a broader range of subjects," Sally Bedell Smith, who wrote a Paley biography, told the Times. "Paley acted from the gut; Stanton from the brain. Paley could be disorganized and unpredictable. Stanton was disciplined and systematic. Yet their relationship worked -- largely due to Stanton's forbearance and diligence."

The Times said that Stanton, who was also chairman of the American National Red Cross for six years, left no survivors.

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