A TV news pioneer and filmmaker who hosted an Emmy Award-winning program has died. The New York Times reports that William Greaves, who was the host of “Black Journal,” died Monday at his Manhattan home. He was 87.
“Black Journal,” which debuted in 1968 after the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders recommended more coverage of black issues, was the only national telecast focused on black affairs in that decade, The Times reports. Greaves was its co-host and later its executive producer.
In 1969, The Times television critic Jack Gould wrote that the program “has earned its rightful niche as a continuing and absorbing feature of television’s output.” He added, “Mr. Greaves is simply covering a story that should be covered and covering it with distinction.”
The show won an Emmy in the “magazine-type programming” category in 1970.
Greaves, who was also a documentarian, left that year to pursue other projects. The show was later renamed “Tony Brown’s Journal,” after the host who replaced him.
One of Greaves’ documentaries is “The Fighters,” about the 1971 Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight. He also created a 1968 film called “Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One,” which had a complicated structure and took nearly four decades to get released. It was “warmly praised as ahead of its time” when it was released in 2005, the story adds.