PALM SPRINGS, Calif., April 4 (UPI) -- Tom Moore, who helped marshal underdog ABC-TV through the turbulent 1960s, has died in California at the age of 88.
Moore's son, Thomas Jr., confirmed that his father died Saturday near his home in Palm Springs, Calif., The New York Times reported Wednesday. Besides his son, the Mississippi native is survived by his wife Claire, a daughter Jean Edwards, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Moore joined ABC in 1956 as vice president for sales. He then was head of programming from 1958-62 and was president from 1962-69.
In those years, ABC was a distant third to CBS and NBC and Moore helped narrow the gap by attracting younger viewers, first with such hits as "The Real McCoys," "77 Sunset Strip" and "The Untouchables," and then with a string of popular shows such as "McHale's Navy," "The Fugitive," "Peyton Place," "The Addams Family" and "Batman." He also is credited with helping to build ABC's sports programming.
After leaving ABC, Moore won five Emmys in the 1970s and '80s with his own production company.