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In the past ABC has made half-hearted efforts or, worse, cosmetic efforts, to do something about news and I wasn't certain about what their real aim was - nor am I now.
In fact, I had a series of offers which would have brought me a lot of money to make films and package TV programs. There were people who said to me, we'll put a million dollars in your bank account tomorrow, which is a hard thing to turn down.
If you don't have the rights, you can't do the show.
I'm sensitive about my image of being hard to reach.
I want everybody in the news business to think of ABC before they go any place else. If it costs us an extra few thousand dollars to do that, what does it mean?
I think we have erred on the side of being too conservative so far, to tell you the truth.
I think people tuned in a lot to see Barbara when she first came here and they just didn't like the show they saw. I think it was dull. It was sterile.
I respect the game that goes on of putting this against that, but I don't respect, nor do I enjoy, an awful lot of the actual programs that go on the air.
I don't think the news department will have to lie down and play dead like it has in the past. By and large the network has been understanding, but then so have I.
I don't think people realize the extent to which TV networks are hurt when they carry public broadcasting. I think the estimate is that they lose a half-million dollars for a half day's programming.
I don't think any industry was ever as closely scrutinized and written about and constantly in the public eye as television.
I don't expect to win every battle but I think Fred Pierce has enough respect for me that I can go fight my battles and win my share.
But unlike the setup in most organizations, where there's an administrator on top and creative people or doers underneath, I'm basically a doer and I like to have administrative people underneath me.
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