Former ABC President Moore Dies at 88

Apr 4, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Tom Moore, former ABC Television Network president and Emmy winner, died Saturday in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 88.

Mr. Moore entirely changed the way ABC was viewed at the time he took over programming in 1958. Where it had not previously been considered a competitive network, his foresight to gear the ABC’s programming to the 18 to 35 demographic helped the network bridge the ratings gap between NBC and CBS. He served as head of programming from 1958 to 1962 and as network president from 1962 to 1969.

During his reign as head of programming, Mr. Moore helped bring such shows as “Ben Casey,” “The Flintstones,” “My Three Sons,” “The Real McCoys,” “77 Sunset Strip” and “The Untouchables” to ABC. As network president he oversaw, among others, “The Addams Family,” “Batman,” “The Fugitive,” “McHale’s Navy” and “Peyton Place.”

Mr. Moore received primetime Emmys in 1978, 1980, 1981 and 1983 for his work as executive producer on “The Body Human,” a medical series that used cameras inside the body. In 1979, he won an Emmy for another medical-themed series, “Lifeline,” which highlighted the work of pioneering doctors.

His company also won Emmys for “A War of Children” in 1973 and “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” in 1974.

He is survived by his wife, daughter, son and sister as well as four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

(Editor: Romanelli)