Mr. Chayefsky was “very charming and very funny about some of the people he had seen,” Wald told Dave Itzkoff in his book “Mad as Hell: Making of ‘Network’ and Fateful Vision of the Angry Man in the Movies.” ” (2014). “It made me believe that he would not be kind to them.”
Wald resigned from NBC News in 1977 after arguing with the network’s senior management over issues such as signing an exclusive and expensive contract with former President Gerald R. Ford. his wife Betty; and former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger to appear on an NBC News special.
At the time, he approved the contract, but later he felt that the fees he paid had cut his special news coverage and documentary budget, The New York Times reported at the time.
After leaving NBC, Wald consulted with PBS about the future of public television news gathering and worked as a special assistant for Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler for three months.
In 1978, Mr. When Arledge hired him to join ABC News, Wald had to adapt to the culture there, especially the Washington office.
According to Arledge’s memoir, Frank Reynolds, one of three ABC’s “World News Tonight” anchors, said, “If you think NBC needs someone to help us, you’re mistaken.”
Wald adapted and stayed for 21 years.
In addition to former New York Times reporter Matthew and former executive producer of Today and NBC Nightly News, Jonathan, Wald, who lived in Latchmont, New York, is survived by a daughter. , Elizabeth Wald; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson. His wife Edith (Leslie) Wald died in 2021.