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Madeline Amgott Dead: Pioneering Female TV News Producer Dies at 92

22 July 2014 2:03 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Madeline Amgott, who was one of the only women to produce TV news programming in the 1950s and ’60s, died of lymphoma on Saturday in Manhattan. She was 92.

But Amgott’s achievements went beyond just successfully penetrating a male-dominated arena. She produced what was likely the first network-affiliate news program independent of network resources: “The Big News,” which aired on New York City’s Wabc in the early ’60s.

Amgott also produced episodes of CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” and a children’s version, “30 Minutes,” which aired on Saturdays. She earned three Daytime Emmys for the latter program.

During the 1970s Amgott produced episodes of NBC’s issues-oriented discussion series “Not for Women Only,” hosted by Barbara Walters, among others.

She produced Bill Moyers’ 1987 series “In Search of the Constitution” on PBS. She also produced segments of CBS’ “Morning News.”

Madeline Rochelle Barotz was born in the Bronx and graduated from Brooklyn College. »

- Variety Staff

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