Olympics: A Made-for-TV Extravaganza

At a circus-like gathering of world journalists, ABC is the focus

Television news does not often compete with print in digging up investigative stories or in the subtler craft of discerning political and economic trends. But when it comes to covering visual events of known proportions (preferably grand), staged at announced times and places, TV can be informative, intimate and stirring. At its best, live TV enables millions, even billions of people to share an emotional experience. ABC has faced in the Summer Olympics the most complex task ever undertaken by an American...

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