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Airdate: Tuesday - January 8, 1957

Last Update: 09-13-2008

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Mike Wallace, who conducts "Night Beat" over television station WAND, has reached an agreement with the American Broadcasting Company that is expected to result in a long-term contract. It was said that Mr. Wallace's services would be available exclusively to the A.B.C. television and radio networks under the terms of the pending arrangement. Financial terms were not disclosed. Mr. Wallace's first assignment for A.B.C.-TV will be a continuation of "Night Beat," now televised only in New York. On the network, however, the present one-hour program would be reduced to thirty minutes and feature only one interview instead of two. On "Night Beat," which made its debut last October, Mr. Wallace asks provocative and searching questions of various personalities. Although he has been active in radio and television for many years, including network shows, "Night Beat" has brought him by far the , greatest prominence he has experienced here. Just when Mr. Wallace will terminate his services with WARD, owned by the Du Mont Broadcasting Corporation, is an Unanswered question. Last week he said he would not leave the station to take on a network job before June. It was reported, however, that A.B.C. hopes to present "Night Beat" - or a similar program - beginning in the Spring. "Night Beat" is presented over Channel 5 from 11 P. N. to midnight on Tuesdays through Fridays. Mr. Wallace also does an evening news program over WABD, is quiz master on "The Big Surprise" 'and a panelist on "To Tell the Truth." He would have to relinquish these assignments under his A.B.C. contract. Weaver on Rebound Sylvester L. (Pall Weaver Jr., who resigned as chairman of the National Broadcasting Company last September in a spectacular. Shake-up in management, is expected to announce new business plans within the next few weeks. It appears now that he probably will establish his' own company that will engage in, among other things, television programs packaging and consultation to theatrical enterprises. Mr. Weaver, once a leading newsmaker in the television industry, has been out of the limelight since his departure from N. B. C. But in recent weeks he has been discussing possible ventures with various executives - including heads of at least one network - in an effort to formulate definite plans, Night People to Speak The producer of a Motion picture that has its premiere tonight can get an immediate reaction of, the audience through Jean Shepherd, who conducts a radio program over WOR. Following what Mr. Shepherd calls a "People's Premiere" of "Edge of the City" tonight at midnight at Law's Sheridan Theatre. WOR will broadcast a Special one-hour program from the theatre beginning at 2 A. M. Mr. Shepherd will moderate a question-and-answer session between the theatre audience and the movie's producer, David Susskind, and the director, Martin Ritt. "Edge of the City" was adapted from a television play, "A Man is Ten Feet Tall," which was written by Robert Alan Aurthur.
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January 08,1957
New York Times

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