Thomas W. Moore

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Thomas Waldrop "Tom" Moore (September 17, 1918 – 31 March 2007) was an American television executive who headed ABC in the 1960s.[1]

Moore was born in Meridian, Mississippi. He attended Mississippi State University[2] and graduated from University of Missouri, then served in the United States Navy as a pilot through World War II. After the war, he took a job as spokesman for Los Angeles-based Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries. In 1947, he began selling airtime for CBS Radio before being hired by ABC as vice president of sales in 1956.[3]

He was ABC's vice president of programming from 1956 to 1957, then network president from 1957 to 1969.

Among the shows aired during this time were The Real McCoys, 77 Sunset Strip, My Three Sons, The Flintstones, Ben Casey, and The Untouchables. While he was network president, the network added, among other shows, McHale's Navy, Peyton Place, The Addams Family and Batman.

He later started the production company, Tomorrow Entertainment, and shows they produced were nominated for ten Emmy Awards, winning at least five.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (April 4, 2007). Tom Moore, President of ABC Television in ’60s, Dies at 88. New York Times
  2. ^ A review by Thomas W. Moore, Class of 1939 via Mississippi State University
  3. ^ James, Meg (April 5, 2007). Tom Moore, 88; former ABC president. Los Angeles Times

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