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TV Pioneer Albert Krivin Dies

Nov 4, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Albert Krivin, a pioneering television executive and one of the earliest believers in the potential of the UHF television band, died Oct. 20 in Encino, Calif. He was 97.

While president of the television division of Metromedia, Mr. Krivin persuaded the company’s CEO, John Kluge, to build and create Channel 26 on the UHF band in Houston. When the channel was a success, Mr. Kluge named it KRIV-TV, after Mr. Krivin. The station still exists today and is run by Fox Television Stations Group, which bought a group of Metromedia-owned stations in 1986.

Mr. Krivin began his career after World War II as a local advertising salesman at then-Westinghouse-owned KYW-TV in Philadelphia. He and the station then moved to Cleveland, where he eventually became general sales manager.

Metromedia gave Mr. Krivin his first shot at running a TV station when he moved to Kansas City, Mo., to manage KMBC-TV. He was then promoted to VP and general manager of KTTV in Los Angeles. When he became president of Metromedia’s television division, it included a production company, Metro TV Sales and eight major-market TV stations.

Mr. Krivin is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eleanor, their daughter, Susan, and a daughter, Phyllis, from a previous marriage.