Don West, broadcasting chronicler, advocate and ‘giant,’ dies


Don West, who as a reporter and editor at Broadcasting magazine over the second half of the last century chronicled the heyday of broadcasting and the rise of cable and advocated relentlessly for full First Amendment rights for broadcasters, died Sunday, Feb. 4, at an Arlington, Va., nursing home with his family at his side. He was 94.

West also worked at CBS for three years in the late 1960s for then President Frank Stanton where he tried to develop a new form of reality journalism. After retiring from journalism in 2003, he served as president of the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation for 12 years.

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