History Creator / DuMont

28th Jan '16 10:04:57 AM Prfnoff
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Today, [=DuMont=] is more of a footnote than anything else, usually brought up as a shorthand for "long-dead television network" and known for little else among the general public. The best-known series associated with the network are ''Series/CaptainVideo'' and ''Cavalcade of Stars'', the latter of which gave America Jackie Gleason and ''Series/TheHoneymooners''. Two of the most popular programs during the network's heyday were the GameShow ''Down You Go'' and the religious program ''Life Is Worth Living'', the latter of which won both an Emmy for host Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and respect from direct competitor Milton Berle.
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Today, [=DuMont=] is more of a footnote than anything else, usually brought up as a shorthand for "long-dead television network" and known for little else among the general public. The best-known series associated with the network are ''Series/CaptainVideo'' and ''Cavalcade of Stars'', the latter of which gave America Jackie Gleason Creator/JackieGleason, Creator/ArtCarney and ''Series/TheHoneymooners''. Two of the most popular programs during the network's heyday were the GameShow ''Down You Go'' and the religious program ''Life Is Worth Living'', the latter of which won both an Emmy for host Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and respect from direct competitor Milton Berle.
29th Dec '15 6:32:29 PM crazysamaritan
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After Creator/PaulWinchell sued Metromedia over the rights to his children's series ''Winchell-Mahoney Time'', company management opted to [[WhatAnIdiot destroy the tapes]] — a WallBanger of epic proportions that resulted in Winchell being awarded $17.8M in compensation and punitive damages.[[note]](Even so, Winchell was likely still upset - a ruling in his favor can't offset the fact that his show was quite probably LostForever.)[[/note]]
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After Creator/PaulWinchell sued Metromedia over the rights to his children's series ''Winchell-Mahoney Time'', company management opted to [[WhatAnIdiot destroy the tapes]] — a WallBanger mistake of epic proportions that resulted in Winchell being awarded $17.8M in compensation and punitive damages.[[note]](Even so, Winchell was likely still upset - a ruling in his favor can't offset the fact that his show was quite probably LostForever.)[[/note]]
4th Dec '15 5:54:08 PM WarioBarker
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The fourth network from the early days of television in the United States, though actually the third to come to the air.[[note]] ABC was the fourth. NBC and CBS were first and second, respectively.[[/note]] It eventually failed, as its problems included an FCC ruling restricting it because of part-ownership by Paramount; not having an associated radio network to bring over programs and performers (and absorb costs); a forced over-dependence on UHF stations in an era when all-channel tuning wasn't required on TV sets (and it wouldn't be until 1964); and aforementioned part-owners Paramount doing little to help the network to overcome these problems, and creating new ones of their own, partly because [[NewMediaAreEvil they feared the impact television would have on their main movie business]]. [=DuMont=] is, in more recent years, more of a footnote than anything else, usually brought up as a shorthand for "long-dead television network" and known for little else among the general public. The best-known series associated with the network are ''Series/CaptainVideo'' and ''Cavalcade of Stars'', the latter of which gave America ''Series/TheHoneymooners''. Two of the most popular programs during the network's heyday were the GameShow ''Down You Go'' and the religious program ''Life Is Worth Living'', the latter of which won both an Emmy for host Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and respect from direct competitor Milton Berle. Most, if not all, of [=DuMont=]'s programs were produced on small budgets out of necessity rather than a conscious decision, but the network made up for this shortcoming by use of good writing and ''very'' energetic crews. The result was a bunch of wobbly sets filled with people (typically from Broadway shows) who come across as genuinely putting 110% into what they're doing, with a lot of famous faces gracing the lineup. [=DuMont=]'s endearing charm, "gung-ho" attitude, general quirkiness, and abundant imagination resulted in being SoCoolItsAwesome on its best days and SoBadItsGood on its worst — even when nothing seems to go right, especially on a live show, they're at least ''trying''… which is a lot more than can be said of some shows or networks today.
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The fourth network from the early days of television in the United States, though actually the third to come to the air.[[note]] ABC [[note]](ABC was the fourth. NBC and CBS were first and second, respectively.[[/note]] )[[/note]] It eventually failed, as its problems included an FCC ruling restricting it because of part-ownership by Paramount; not having an associated radio network to bring over programs and performers (and absorb costs); a forced over-dependence on UHF stations in an era when all-channel tuning wasn't required on TV sets (and it wouldn't be until 1964); and aforementioned part-owners Paramount doing little to help the network to overcome these problems, and creating new ones of their own, partly because [[NewMediaAreEvil they feared the impact television would have on their main movie business]]. Today, [=DuMont=] is, in more recent years, is more of a footnote than anything else, usually brought up as a shorthand for "long-dead television network" and known for little else among the general public. The best-known series associated with the network are ''Series/CaptainVideo'' and ''Cavalcade of Stars'', the latter of which gave America Jackie Gleason and ''Series/TheHoneymooners''. Two of the most popular programs during the network's heyday were the GameShow ''Down You Go'' and the religious program ''Life Is Worth Living'', the latter of which won both an Emmy for host Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and respect from direct competitor Milton Berle. Most, if not all, of [=DuMont=]'s programs were produced on small budgets out of necessity rather than a conscious decision, decision (again, Paramount refused to help and had stopped financially supporting the network in 1941), but the network made up for this shortcoming by use of good writing and ''very'' energetic crews. The result was a bunch of wobbly sets filled with people (typically from Broadway shows) who come across as genuinely putting 110% into what they're doing, with a lot of famous now-famous faces gracing the lineup. [=DuMont=]'s endearing charm, "gung-ho" attitude, general quirkiness, and abundant imagination resulted in being SoCoolItsAwesome on its best days and SoBadItsGood on its worst — even when nothing seems to go right, especially on a live show, they're at least ''trying''… ''trying''...which is a lot more than can be said of some shows or networks today.

Ironically, Paramount's former theater division, United Paramount Theatres[[note]] (forcibly stripped from Paramount proper by the Supreme Court's landmark 1948 ruling ''U.S. v. Paramount'', which was one of the major causes of the FallOfTheStudioSystem)[[/note]], purchased Creator/{{ABC}} in February 1953, and the steady revenue stream from movie theaters helped it quickly leapfrog [=DuMont=] to become the third network.
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Ironically, Paramount's former theater division, United Paramount Theatres[[note]] (forcibly Theatres [[note]](forcibly stripped from Paramount proper by the Supreme Court's landmark 1948 ruling ''U.S. v. Paramount'', which was one of the major causes of the FallOfTheStudioSystem)[[/note]], purchased Creator/{{ABC}} in February 1953, and the steady revenue stream from movie theaters helped it quickly leapfrog [=DuMont=] to become the third network.

Leonard Goldenson, president of UPT, struck up a deal with [=DuMont=] managing director Ted Bergmann — a merged network called ABC-[=DuMont=] until at least 1958. The deal honored [=DuMont=]'s network commitments and in exchange gave [=DuMont=] $5,000,000 cash, guaranteed advertising time for [=DuMont=] television sets, and a secure future for its staff. The merged network owned stations in five of the six largest markets (the exception being Philadelphia) as well as ABC Radio and [=DuMont=]'s ''de facto'' monopoly station in Pittsburgh (WDTV). However, it also had to sell a New York station (WABD or WJZ, both of which were network flagships) and two others to meet the FCC's limit of five stations per owner. …Except Paramount vetoed the plan almost out of hand due to antitrust concerns, as the FCC had ruled a few months earlier that Paramount controlled [=DuMont=]… and there were still doubts as to whether UPT had really separated from Paramount.
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Leonard Goldenson, president of UPT, struck up a deal with [=DuMont=] managing director Ted Bergmann — a merged network called ABC-[=DuMont=] until at least 1958. The deal honored [=DuMont=]'s network commitments and in exchange gave [=DuMont=] the network $5,000,000 cash, guaranteed advertising time for [=DuMont=] television sets, and a secure future for its the network's staff. The merged network owned stations in five of the six largest markets (the exception being Philadelphia) as well as ABC Radio and [=DuMont=]'s ''de facto'' monopoly station in Pittsburgh (WDTV). However, it also had to sell a New York station (WABD or WJZ, both of which were network flagships) and two others (most likely ABC's two smallest O&Os, WXYZ and KGO) to meet the FCC's limit of five stations per owner. …Except owner. ...Except Paramount [[ExecutiveMeddling vetoed the plan almost out of hand hand]] due to antitrust concerns, as the FCC had ruled a few months earlier that Paramount controlled [=DuMont=]… [=DuMont=] - and there were still doubts as to whether UPT had really separated from Paramount.

In late 1954, [=DuMont=] sold WDTV, which it used to get clearances in other markets, to Westinghouse [[note]] (already the owner of pioneering radio station KDKA, which also became the new name for WDTV the next year)[[/note]] for $9.75M. Although the sale gave [=DuMont=] some much-needed cash, it also set off the chain of events that led to its demise, as the network no longer had a bargaining chip. By February 1955, [=DuMont=] execs realized that the network wasn't going to survive and opted to shut it down, leaving WABD and WTTG to be operated as independent stations. Most of the lineup was dropped beginning in April; Sheen aired his last episode on the 26th and moved to ABC, where he remained until 1957. August brought even more problems as Paramount, with the help of other stockholders, seized control of [=DuMont=] Laboratories in a boardroom coup and kicked out network creator/president Allen B. [=DuMont=]. On September 23, the network's last regular series (a game show, ''What's the Story?'') aired for the last time.
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In late 1954, [=DuMont=] sold WDTV, which it used to get clearances in other large markets, to Westinghouse [[note]] (already [[note]](already the owner of pioneering radio station KDKA, which also became the new name for WDTV the next year)[[/note]] for $9.75M. Although the sale gave [=DuMont=] some much-needed cash, it also set off the chain of events that led to its the network's demise, as the network it no longer had a its bargaining chip. By February 1955, [=DuMont=] execs realized that the network wasn't going to survive and opted to shut it down, leaving WABD and WTTG to be operated as independent stations. Most of the lineup was dropped beginning in April; Sheen aired his last episode on the 26th and moved to ABC, where he remained until 1957. August brought even more problems as Paramount, by way of Paramount - the company, with the help of other stockholders, seized control of [=DuMont=] Laboratories in a boardroom coup and kicked out network creator/president Allen B. [=DuMont=]. On September 23, the network's last regular series (a game show, ''What's the Story?'') aired for the last time.

After Creator/PaulWinchell sued Metromedia over the rights to his children's series ''Winchell-Mahoney Time'', company management opted to [[WhatAnIdiot destroy the tapes]] — an idiocy that resulted in Winchell being awarded $17.8M in compensation and punitive damages.
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After Creator/PaulWinchell sued Metromedia over the rights to his children's series ''Winchell-Mahoney Time'', company management opted to [[WhatAnIdiot destroy the tapes]] — an idiocy a WallBanger of epic proportions that resulted in Winchell being awarded $17.8M in compensation and punitive damages. damages.[[note]](Even so, Winchell was likely still upset - a ruling in his favor can't offset the fact that his show was quite probably LostForever.)[[/note]]

It should be noted that Dr. [=DuMont=] seemed to realize the benefits of keeping his network's programming library as intact as possible, and admirably did so despite the general wipe-and-reuse practices of the era and the network's own escalating money issues. [[DownerEnding That was for naught, however]], as many kinescopes were trashed around 1958 for their silver content and the rest were dumped by three trucks into Upper New York Bay during the 1970s. As such, very little of the network's programming survives today; TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surviving_DuMont_Television_Network_broadcasts a list]] if you're so inclined, which also includes video links.
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It should be noted that Dr. [=DuMont=] seemed to realize the benefits of keeping his network's programming library as intact as possible, and admirably did so despite the general wipe-and-reuse practices of the era and the network's own escalating money issues. [[DownerEnding That was for naught, however]], as many by the early 1970s the library of kinescopes were trashed around 1958 for their (both 35mm and 16mm ones) wound up in the hands of ABC, who put some of the films through a process to reclaim the ''tiny'' amounts of silver content and the rest that were within and ultimately dumped by three trucks into Upper most (if not all) of the lot in New York Bay during the 1970s.City's East River to make room in their warehouse for more recent videotapes. As such, very little of the network's programming survives today; TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surviving_DuMont_Television_Network_broadcasts a list]] if you're so inclined, which also includes video links.

* The second was in the GrandFinale [[note]] (by production order)[[/note]] of ''Ellen'' (May 13, 1998), presented as a SeriousBusiness documentary by Linda Ellerbee about the fictional [=DeGeneres=]' long career. Clips were shown of Ellen hosting the [=DuMont=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NechRuEE4t8#t=10m13s game]] ''[[RedScare Who's the Commie?]]'' (with announcer John O'Hurley) in 1954, apparent proof that the network was desperate to get some sort of ratings; [[TheCameo Orson Bean]] recalled that he was skeptical about a woman hosting a game show, "But then the camera went on, and there she was: Creator/BillCullen with a rack".
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* The second was in the GrandFinale [[note]] (by production order)[[/note]] of ''Ellen'' (May 13, 1998), presented as a SeriousBusiness documentary by Linda Ellerbee about the fictional [=DeGeneres=]' long career. Clips were shown of Ellen hosting the [=DuMont=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NechRuEE4t8#t=10m13s com/watch?v=NechRuEE4t8&t=10m13s game]] ''[[RedScare Who's the Commie?]]'' (with announcer John O'Hurley) in 1954, apparent proof that the network was desperate to get some sort of ratings; [[TheCameo Orson Bean]] recalled that he was skeptical about a woman hosting a game show, "But then the camera went on, and there she was: Creator/BillCullen with a rack".rack!"
21st Nov '15 10:37:46 AM nombretomado
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On March 6, 1986, nearly 30 years after [=DuMont=] folded, the Metromedia TV stations and Metromedia Producers Corp. were purchased by RupertMurdoch's News Corporation for $3.5B and became the {{FOX}} network, with the Fox Television Center right where WABD (now WNYW) sits — the former [=DuMont=] Tele-Centre (the Metromedia Telecenter during that era, and a set of exterior doors on the building have even retained the 1970s "double M" logo on the handles).
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On March 6, 1986, nearly 30 years after [=DuMont=] folded, the Metromedia TV stations and Metromedia Producers Corp. were purchased by RupertMurdoch's UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch's News Corporation for $3.5B and became the {{FOX}} network, with the Fox Television Center right where WABD (now WNYW) sits — the former [=DuMont=] Tele-Centre (the Metromedia Telecenter during that era, and a set of exterior doors on the building have even retained the 1970s "double M" logo on the handles).
10th Oct '15 11:06:10 AM MorganWick
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The fourth network from the early days of television in the United States, though actually the third to come to the air.[[note]] ABC was the fourth. NBC and CBS were first and second, respectively.[[/note]] It eventually failed, as its problems included an FCC ruling restricting it because of part-ownership by Paramount; not having an associated radio network to bring over programs and performers (and absorb costs); and a forced over-dependence on UHF stations in an era when all-channel tuning wasn't required on TV sets (and it wouldn't be until 1964). [=DuMont=] is, in more recent years, more of a footnote than anything else. The best-known series associated with the network are ''Series/CaptainVideo'' and ''Cavalcade of Stars'', the latter of which gave America ''Series/TheHoneymooners''. Two of the most popular programs during the network's heyday were the GameShow ''Down You Go'' and the religious program ''Life Is Worth Living'', the latter of which won both an Emmy for host Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and respect from direct competitor Milton Berle.
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The fourth network from the early days of television in the United States, though actually the third to come to the air.[[note]] ABC was the fourth. NBC and CBS were first and second, respectively.[[/note]] It eventually failed, as its problems included an FCC ruling restricting it because of part-ownership by Paramount; not having an associated radio network to bring over programs and performers (and absorb costs); and a forced over-dependence on UHF stations in an era when all-channel tuning wasn't required on TV sets (and it wouldn't be until 1964). 1964); and aforementioned part-owners Paramount doing little to help the network to overcome these problems, and creating new ones of their own, partly because [[NewMediaAreEvil they feared the impact television would have on their main movie business]]. [=DuMont=] is, in more recent years, more of a footnote than anything else.else, usually brought up as a shorthand for "long-dead television network" and known for little else among the general public. The best-known series associated with the network are ''Series/CaptainVideo'' and ''Cavalcade of Stars'', the latter of which gave America ''Series/TheHoneymooners''. Two of the most popular programs during the network's heyday were the GameShow ''Down You Go'' and the religious program ''Life Is Worth Living'', the latter of which won both an Emmy for host Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and respect from direct competitor Milton Berle.
12th Aug '15 9:23:16 PM Soufriere
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Ironically, Paramount's former theater division, United Paramount Theatres[[note]] (forcibly stripped from Paramount proper by the Supreme Court's landmark 1948 ruling ''U.S. v Paramount'', which was one of the major causes of the FallOfTheStudioSystem)[[/note]], purchased Creator/{{ABC}} in February 1953, and the steady revenue stream from movie theaters helped it quickly leapfrog [=DuMont=] to become the third network.
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Ironically, Paramount's former theater division, United Paramount Theatres[[note]] (forcibly stripped from Paramount proper by the Supreme Court's landmark 1948 ruling ''U.S. v v. Paramount'', which was one of the major causes of the FallOfTheStudioSystem)[[/note]], purchased Creator/{{ABC}} in February 1953, and the steady revenue stream from movie theaters helped it quickly leapfrog [=DuMont=] to become the third network.
12th Aug '15 9:21:42 PM Soufriere
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The fourth network from the early days of television in the United States, though actually the third to come to the air. It eventually failed, as its problems included an FCC ruling restricting it because of part-ownership by Paramount; not having an associated radio network to bring over programs and performers (and absorb costs); and a forced over-dependence on UHF stations in an era when all-channel tuning wasn't required on TV sets (and it wouldn't be until 1964). [=DuMont=] is, in more recent years, more of a footnote than anything else. The best-known series associated with the network are ''Series/CaptainVideo'' and ''Cavalcade of Stars'', the latter of which gave America ''TheHoneymooners''. Two of the most popular programs during the network's heyday were the GameShow ''Down You Go'' and the religious program ''Life Is Worth Living'', the latter of which won both an Emmy for host Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and respect from direct competitor Milton Berle. Most, if not all, of [=DuMont=]'s programs were produced on small budgets out of necessity rather than a conscious decision, but the network made up for this shortcoming by use of good writing and ''very'' energetic crews. The result was a bunch of wobbly sets filled with people (typically from Broadway shows) who come across as genuinely putting 110% into what they're doing, with a lot of famous faces gracing the lineup. [=DuMont=]'s endearing charm, "gung-ho" attitude, general quirkiness, and abundant imagination resulted in being SoCoolItsAwesome on its best days and SoBadItsGood on its worst — even when nothing seems to go right, especially on a live show, they're at least ''trying''...which is a lot more than can be said of some shows or networks today.
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The fourth network from the early days of television in the United States, though actually the third to come to the air. [[note]] ABC was the fourth. NBC and CBS were first and second, respectively.[[/note]] It eventually failed, as its problems included an FCC ruling restricting it because of part-ownership by Paramount; not having an associated radio network to bring over programs and performers (and absorb costs); and a forced over-dependence on UHF stations in an era when all-channel tuning wasn't required on TV sets (and it wouldn't be until 1964). [=DuMont=] is, in more recent years, more of a footnote than anything else. The best-known series associated with the network are ''Series/CaptainVideo'' and ''Cavalcade of Stars'', the latter of which gave America ''TheHoneymooners''.''Series/TheHoneymooners''. Two of the most popular programs during the network's heyday were the GameShow ''Down You Go'' and the religious program ''Life Is Worth Living'', the latter of which won both an Emmy for host Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and respect from direct competitor Milton Berle. Most, if not all, of [=DuMont=]'s programs were produced on small budgets out of necessity rather than a conscious decision, but the network made up for this shortcoming by use of good writing and ''very'' energetic crews. The result was a bunch of wobbly sets filled with people (typically from Broadway shows) who come across as genuinely putting 110% into what they're doing, with a lot of famous faces gracing the lineup. [=DuMont=]'s endearing charm, "gung-ho" attitude, general quirkiness, and abundant imagination resulted in being SoCoolItsAwesome on its best days and SoBadItsGood on its worst — even when nothing seems to go right, especially on a live show, they're at least ''trying''...''trying''… which is a lot more than can be said of some shows or networks today.

Ironically, Paramount's former theater division (United Paramount Theatres) purchased Creator/{{ABC}} in February 1953, and the steady revenue stream from movie theaters helped it quickly leapfrog [=DuMont=] to become the third network.
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Ironically, Paramount's former theater division (United division, United Paramount Theatres) Theatres[[note]] (forcibly stripped from Paramount proper by the Supreme Court's landmark 1948 ruling ''U.S. v Paramount'', which was one of the major causes of the FallOfTheStudioSystem)[[/note]], purchased Creator/{{ABC}} in February 1953, and the steady revenue stream from movie theaters helped it quickly leapfrog [=DuMont=] to become the third network.

...Except Paramount vetoed the plan almost out of hand due to antitrust concerns, as the FCC had ruled a few months earlier that Paramount controlled [=DuMont=]...and there were still doubts as to whether UPT had really separated from Paramount.
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...Except …Except Paramount vetoed the plan almost out of hand due to antitrust concerns, as the FCC had ruled a few months earlier that Paramount controlled [=DuMont=]...[=DuMont=]… and there were still doubts as to whether UPT had really separated from Paramount.

In late 1954, [=DuMont=] sold WDTV, which it used to get clearances in other markets, to Westinghouse [[note]](already the owner of radio station KDKA, which also became the new name for WDTV the next year)[[/note]] for $9.75M. Although the sale gave [=DuMont=] some much-needed cash, it also set off the chain of events that led to its demise, as the network no longer had a bargaining chip. By February 1955, [=DuMont=] execs realized that the network wasn't going to survive and opted to shut it down, leaving WABD and WTTG to be operated as independent stations.
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In late 1954, [=DuMont=] sold WDTV, which it used to get clearances in other markets, to Westinghouse [[note]](already [[note]] (already the owner of pioneering radio station KDKA, which also became the new name for WDTV the next year)[[/note]] for $9.75M. Although the sale gave [=DuMont=] some much-needed cash, it also set off the chain of events that led to its demise, as the network no longer had a bargaining chip. By February 1955, [=DuMont=] execs realized that the network wasn't going to survive and opted to shut it down, leaving WABD and WTTG to be operated as independent stations.

As the years progressed, Metromedia purchased more TV and radio stations as well as producing and distributing many series, most notably ''TruthOrConsequences'' and the 1972-86 era of ''The MervGriffin Show''. After Paul Winchell sued Metromedia over the rights to his children's series ''Winchell-Mahoney Time'', company management opted to [[WhatAnIdiot destroy the tapes]] — an idiocy that resulted in Winchell being awarded $17.8M in compensation and punitive damages.
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As the years progressed, Metromedia purchased more TV and radio stations as well as producing and distributing many series, most notably ''TruthOrConsequences'' and the 1972-86 era of ''The MervGriffin Creator/MervGriffin Show''. After Paul Winchell Creator/PaulWinchell sued Metromedia over the rights to his children's series ''Winchell-Mahoney Time'', company management opted to [[WhatAnIdiot destroy the tapes]] — an idiocy that resulted in Winchell being awarded $17.8M in compensation and punitive damages.

So in the end, [[SpiritualSuccessor DuMont became FOX]]...and proceeded to end up with [[ExecutiveMeddling a different]] [[TheFireflyEffect set]] [[LowestCommonDenominator of problems]].
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So in the end, [[SpiritualSuccessor DuMont became FOX]]...FOX]]… and proceeded to end up with [[ExecutiveMeddling a different]] [[TheFireflyEffect set]] [[LowestCommonDenominator of problems]].

* The second was in the GrandFinale [[note]](by production order)[[/note]] of ''Ellen'' (May 13, 1998), presented as a SeriousBusiness documentary by Linda Ellerbee about the fictional [=DeGeneres=]' long career. Clips were shown of Ellen hosting the [=DuMont=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NechRuEE4t8#t=10m13s game]] ''[[RedScare Who's the Commie?]]'' (with announcer John O'Hurley) in 1954, apparent proof that the network was desperate to get some sort of ratings; [[TheCameo Orson Bean]] recalled that he was skeptical about a woman hosting a game show, "But then the camera went on, and there she was: Creator/BillCullen with a rack".
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* The second was in the GrandFinale [[note]](by [[note]] (by production order)[[/note]] of ''Ellen'' (May 13, 1998), presented as a SeriousBusiness documentary by Linda Ellerbee about the fictional [=DeGeneres=]' long career. Clips were shown of Ellen hosting the [=DuMont=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NechRuEE4t8#t=10m13s game]] ''[[RedScare Who's the Commie?]]'' (with announcer John O'Hurley) in 1954, apparent proof that the network was desperate to get some sort of ratings; [[TheCameo Orson Bean]] recalled that he was skeptical about a woman hosting a game show, "But then the camera went on, and there she was: Creator/BillCullen with a rack".
10th May '15 2:27:57 AM WarioBarker
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The fourth network from the early days of television in the United States, though actually the third to come to the air. It eventually failed, as its problems included an FCC ruling restricting it because of part-ownership by Paramount; not having an associated radio network to bring over programs and performers (and absorb costs); and a forced over-dependence on UHF stations in an era when it wasn't required on TV sets (and it wouldn't be until 1964).
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The fourth network from the early days of television in the United States, though actually the third to come to the air. It eventually failed, as its problems included an FCC ruling restricting it because of part-ownership by Paramount; not having an associated radio network to bring over programs and performers (and absorb costs); and a forced over-dependence on UHF stations in an era when it all-channel tuning wasn't required on TV sets (and it wouldn't be until 1964).

In late 1954, [=DuMont=] sold WDTV, which it used to get clearances in other markets, to Westinghouse [[note]](already the owner of radio station KDKA, which also became the new name for WDTV the next year)[[/note]] for $9.75M. Although the sale gave [=DuMont=] some much-needed cash, it also set off its downfall. By February 1955, [=DuMont=] execs realized that the network wasn't going to survive and opted to shut it down, leaving WABD and WTTG to be operated as independent stations.
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In late 1954, [=DuMont=] sold WDTV, which it used to get clearances in other markets, to Westinghouse [[note]](already the owner of radio station KDKA, which also became the new name for WDTV the next year)[[/note]] for $9.75M. Although the sale gave [=DuMont=] some much-needed cash, it also set off the chain of events that led to its downfall.demise, as the network no longer had a bargaining chip. By February 1955, [=DuMont=] execs realized that the network wasn't going to survive and opted to shut it down, leaving WABD and WTTG to be operated as independent stations.

So in the end, [[SpiritualSuccessor DuMont became FOX]]...and proceeded to earn itself [[ExecutiveMeddling a different]] [[TheFireflyEffect set]] [[LowestCommonDenominator of problems]].
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So in the end, [[SpiritualSuccessor DuMont became FOX]]...and proceeded to earn itself end up with [[ExecutiveMeddling a different]] [[TheFireflyEffect set]] [[LowestCommonDenominator of problems]]. problems]].

It should be noted that Dr. [=DuMont=] seemed to realize the benefits of keeping the network's programming as intact as possible, and admirably did so despite the general wipe-and-reuse practices of the era and the network's own ever-increasing money problems. [[DownerEnding That was for naught, however]], as many kinescopes were trashed around 1958 for their silver content and the rest were dumped by three trucks into Upper New York Bay during the 1970s. As such, very little of the network's programming survives today; TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surviving_DuMont_Television_Network_broadcasts a list]] if you're so inclined, which also includes video links.
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It should be noted that Dr. [=DuMont=] seemed to realize the benefits of keeping the his network's programming library as intact as possible, and admirably did so despite the general wipe-and-reuse practices of the era and the network's own ever-increasing escalating money problems.issues. [[DownerEnding That was for naught, however]], as many kinescopes were trashed around 1958 for their silver content and the rest were dumped by three trucks into Upper New York Bay during the 1970s. As such, very little of the network's programming survives today; TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surviving_DuMont_Television_Network_broadcasts a list]] if you're so inclined, which also includes video links.

Has no relation (that we're aware of) to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuPont DuPont]], despite the rather similar logo.
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Has Finally, [=DuMont=] has no relation (that we're aware of) to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuPont DuPont]], despite the rather similar logo.
24th Aug '14 3:52:47 PM mlsmithca
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* The second was in the GrandFinale [[note]](by production order)[[/note]] of ''Ellen'' (May 13, 1998), presented as a SeriousBusiness documentary by Linda Ellerbee about the fictional [=DeGeneres=]' long career. Clips were shown of Ellen hosting the [=DuMont=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NechRuEE4t8#t=10m13s game]] ''[[RedScare Who's the Commie?]]'' (with announcer John O'Hurley) in 1954, apparent proof that the network was desperate to get some sort of ratings; [[TheCameo Orson Bean]] recalled that he was skeptical about a woman hosting a game show, "But then the camera went on, and there she was: BillCullen with a rack".
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* The second was in the GrandFinale [[note]](by production order)[[/note]] of ''Ellen'' (May 13, 1998), presented as a SeriousBusiness documentary by Linda Ellerbee about the fictional [=DeGeneres=]' long career. Clips were shown of Ellen hosting the [=DuMont=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NechRuEE4t8#t=10m13s game]] ''[[RedScare Who's the Commie?]]'' (with announcer John O'Hurley) in 1954, apparent proof that the network was desperate to get some sort of ratings; [[TheCameo Orson Bean]] recalled that he was skeptical about a woman hosting a game show, "But then the camera went on, and there she was: BillCullen Creator/BillCullen with a rack".
30th Jun '13 1:24:55 PM WarioBarker
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After Paul Winchell sued Metromedia over the rights to his children's series ''Winchell-Mahoney Time'', company management opted to [[WhatAnIdiot destroy the tapes]] — an idiocy that resulted in Winchell being awarded $17.8 million in compensation and punitive damages.
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After Paul Winchell sued Metromedia over the rights to his children's series ''Winchell-Mahoney Time'', company management opted to [[WhatAnIdiot destroy the tapes]] — an idiocy that resulted in Winchell being awarded $17.8 million 8M in compensation and punitive damages.

On March 6, 1986, nearly 30 years after [=DuMont=] folded, the Metromedia TV stations and Metromedia Producers Corp. were purchased by RupertMurdoch's News Corporation for $3.5B and became the {{FOX}} network, with the Fox Television Center right where WABD (now WNYW) sits (it is their studio complex) — the former [=DuMont=] Tele-Centre (the Metromedia Telecenter during that era, and a set of exterior doors on the building even have the 70s "double M" logo on the handles, to this day!).
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On March 6, 1986, nearly 30 years after [=DuMont=] folded, the Metromedia TV stations and Metromedia Producers Corp. were purchased by RupertMurdoch's News Corporation for $3.5B and became the {{FOX}} network, with the Fox Television Center right where WABD (now WNYW) sits (it is their studio complex) — the former [=DuMont=] Tele-Centre (the Metromedia Telecenter during that era, and a set of exterior doors on the building have even have retained the 70s 1970s "double M" logo on the handles, to this day!). handles).
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