Robert Saudek (U.S. television executive)

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Robert Saudek (April 11, 1911 – March 13, 1997) was an American TV producer and executive, son of flutist and conductor Victor Saudek (1879–1966).


Saudek is best remembered for creating the arts and culture variety television show Omnibus at the behest of the Ford Foundation. Saudek sought to bring uplifting entertainment to American television audiences by bringing them the best actors, musicians, scientists, authors, comedians, and cultural figures.[1] Saudek also produced other cultural television programming, including Profiles in Courage.

Over the course of his career, he was awarded eleven Emmys and seven Peabodys.[2]

He served on the Carnegie Commission, which worked to establish both PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Saudek founded the Museum of Broadcasting (now known as the Museum of Television & Radio) and later headed the Library of Congress's motion picture division.[2]

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  1. ^ Saudek, Robert (November 9, 1952). "Experiment in Video Programming; Mr. Saudek Talks About The Objectives and Aims of 'Omnibus'". The New York Times. p. X13. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Thomas, Robert McG. Jr. (March 17, 1997). "Robert Saudek Is Dead at 85; A Pioneer of Culture on TV". The New York Times. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Jim Robertson, Televisionaries In Their Own Words: Public Television’s Founders Tell How it All Began (Charlotte Harbor, Fla.: Tabby House Books, 1993)
  • Omnibus: Television’s Golden Age, 100 minutes, Washington D.C.: New River Media (produced for PBS), 1999, videocassette

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