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->''"Your TV's so old, I bet you get the [=DuMont=] network on it!"''
-->--'''Death''', ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' (episode "Death Is A Bitch").

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).

[=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.

[=DuMont=] was also unique in that it employed a potentially-money-saving advertising tactic of letting advertisers '''choose''' where their commercials ran, rather than do what the other three networks did and force a large number of stations on them.

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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!!1953: The ABC-[=DuMont=] merger
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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!!1954-56: The downfall
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.

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.

The only things left to keep the lights on were sporting events per prior commitments, which continued to air sporadically over the next ten months. Following the broadcast of ''Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena'' on August 6, 1956 (one retrospective claims it was only seen on '''five stations'''), [=DuMont=] went bust and the remaining network-owned stations (WABD, New York and WTTG, Washington) spun off into the [=DuMont=] Broadcasting Corporation.
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!!1956-86: The aftermath (including the Metromedia years)
In 1957, after purchasing two New York radio stations (WNEW and WHFI), the [=DuMont=] Broadcasting Corporation was renamed the Metropolitan Broadcasting Company to distance itself from the failure of the [=DuMont=] network. The next year, John Kluge bought Paramount's shares for $4,000,000 and became Metropolitan's chairman; Kluge renamed the company "Metromedia" in 1961, although the "Metropolitan" name remained for the broadcasting division until 1967.

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 destroy the tapes an idiocy that resulted in Winchell being awarded just under $18,000,000 as compensation.

In 1984, Kluge bought out Metromedia's shareholders and took the company private.

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 Broadcasting Center right where WABD (now WNYW) sits the former [=DuMont=] Tele-Centre (the Metromedia Telecenter during that era).

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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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.

While the network was mostly forgotten, there were two later references of note:
* One was in ''Film/{{Tron}}'' (released July 9, 1982), where the crucial turning point is facilitated by an aged, near-abandoned information guardian named [=DuMont=].
* 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".
** Mention is also made of how ''Commie'' and Ellen were implicated in the quiz show scandals, heavily suggesting it was a local WABD series that replaced ''Sense and Nonsense'' (1951-54) and ended circa 1959 despite Ellen eventually being cleared of any charges (the "Commies" were actually generous people who liked jazz).

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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->''"Your TV's so old, I bet you get the [=DuMont=] network on it!"''
-->--'''Death''', ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' (episode "Death Is A Bitch").

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).

[=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.

[=DuMont=] was also unique in that it employed a potentially-money-saving advertising tactic of letting advertisers '''choose''' where their commercials ran, rather than do what the other three networks did and force a large number of stations on them.

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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!!1953: The ABC-[=DuMont=] merger
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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!!1954-56: The downfall
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.

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.

The only things left to keep the lights on were sporting events per prior commitments, which continued to air sporadically over the next ten months. Following the broadcast of ''Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena'' on August 6, 1956 (one retrospective claims it was only seen on '''five stations'''), [=DuMont=] went bust and the remaining network-owned stations (WABD, New York and WTTG, Washington) spun off into the [=DuMont=] Broadcasting Corporation.
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!!1956-86: The aftermath (including the Metromedia years)
In 1957, after purchasing two New York radio stations (WNEW and WHFI), the [=DuMont=] Broadcasting Corporation was renamed the Metropolitan Broadcasting Company to distance itself from the failure of the [=DuMont=] network. The next year, John Kluge bought Paramount's shares for $4,000,000 and became Metropolitan's chairman; Kluge renamed the company "Metromedia" in 1961, although the "Metropolitan" name remained for the broadcasting division until 1967.

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 destroy the tapes an idiocy that resulted in Winchell being awarded just under $18,000,000 as compensation.

In 1984, Kluge bought out Metromedia's shareholders and took the company private.

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 Broadcasting Center right where WABD (now WNYW) sits the former [=DuMont=] Tele-Centre (the Metromedia Telecenter during that era).

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

While the network was mostly forgotten, there were two later references of note:
* One was in ''Film/{{Tron}}'' (released July 9, 1982), where the crucial turning point is facilitated by an aged, near-abandoned information guardian named [=DuMont=].
* 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".
** Mention is also made of how ''Commie'' and Ellen were implicated in the quiz show scandals, heavily suggesting it was a local WABD series that replaced ''Sense and Nonsense'' (1951-54) and ended circa 1959 despite Ellen eventually being cleared of any charges (the "Commies" were actually generous people who liked jazz).

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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22nd Jan '13 1:28:27 PM PatPayne
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[=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 Fulton Sheen and respect from direct competitor Milton Berle.

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[=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.
26th Nov '12 4:49:02 AM WarioBarker
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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 and "gung-ho" attitude resulted in being SoCoolItsAwesome on its best days and SoBadItsGood on its worst.

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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 and charm, "gung-ho" attitude attitude, general quirkiness, and abundant imagination resulted in being SoCoolItsAwesome on its best days and SoBadItsGood on its worst.
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.
26th Nov '12 4:38:27 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). Ironically, Paramount's former theater division purchased Creator/{{ABC}} in 1953, and the steady revenue stream from movie theaters helped it quickly leapfrog [=DuMont=] to become the third network.

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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). Ironically, Paramount's former theater division purchased Creator/{{ABC}} in 1953, and the steady revenue stream from movie theaters helped it quickly leapfrog [=DuMont=] to become the third network.
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In 1954, the network sold its ''de facto'' monopoly station in Pittsburgh (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. Most of the lineup was dropped beginning in April 1955, and on September 23 the network's last regular series (a game show, ''What's the Story?'') aired for the last time. The only things left were sporting events, which continued to air sporadically over the next ten months.

Following the broadcast of ''Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena'' on August 6, 1956 (one retrospective claims it was only seen on '''five stations'''), [=DuMont=] went bust with the remaining network-owned stations (WABD, New York and WTTG, Washington) going independent and spun off into the company that eventually became Metromedia. 30 years later, RupertMurdoch bought Metromedia's television operations from company creator John Kluge and established the {{FOX}} network, with the Fox Broadcasting Center right where WABD (now WNYW) sits the former [=DuMont=] Tele-Centre. [[SpiritualSuccessor DuMont became FOX]]...and proceeded to earn itself [[ExecutiveMeddling a different]] [[TheFireflyEffect set]] [[LowestCommonDenominator of problems]].

The network's founder, Allen B. [=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.

While the network was mostly forgotten, there were two later references of note:
* One was in ''Film/{{Tron}}'' (released July 9, 1982), where the crucial turning point is facilitated by an aged, near-abandoned information guardian named [=DuMont=].
* 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; 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".
** Mention is also made of how ''Commie'' and Ellen were implicated in the quiz show scandals, heavily suggesting it was a local WABD series that replaced ''Sense and Nonsense'' (1951-54) and ended circa 1959 despite Ellen eventually being cleared of any charges (the "Commies" were actually generous people who liked jazz).

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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In 1954, Ironically, Paramount's former theater division (United Paramount Theatres) purchased Creator/{{ABC}} in February 1953, and the network sold its ''de facto'' monopoly station in Pittsburgh (WDTV), which steady revenue stream from movie theaters helped 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 quickly leapfrog [=DuMont=] some much-needed cash, it also set off its downfall. Most of to become the lineup was dropped beginning in April 1955, and on September 23 the network's last regular series (a game show, ''What's the Story?'') aired for the last time. The only things left were sporting events, which continued to air sporadically over the next ten months.

Following the broadcast of ''Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena'' on August 6, 1956 (one retrospective claims it was only seen on '''five stations'''), [=DuMont=] went bust with the remaining network-owned stations (WABD, New York and WTTG, Washington) going independent and spun off into the company that eventually became Metromedia. 30 years later, RupertMurdoch bought Metromedia's television operations from company creator John Kluge and established the {{FOX}} network, with the Fox Broadcasting Center right where WABD (now WNYW) sits the former [=DuMont=] Tele-Centre. [[SpiritualSuccessor DuMont became FOX]]...and proceeded to earn itself [[ExecutiveMeddling a different]] [[TheFireflyEffect set]] [[LowestCommonDenominator of problems]].

The network's founder, Allen B. [=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.

While the network was mostly forgotten, there were two later references of note:
* One was in ''Film/{{Tron}}'' (released July 9, 1982), where the crucial turning point is facilitated by an aged, near-abandoned information guardian named [=DuMont=].
* 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; 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".
** Mention is also made of how ''Commie'' and Ellen were implicated in the quiz show scandals, heavily suggesting it was a local WABD series that replaced ''Sense and Nonsense'' (1951-54) and ended circa 1959 despite Ellen eventually being cleared of any charges (the "Commies" were actually generous people who liked jazz).

Has no relation (that we're aware of) to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuPont DuPont]], despite the rather similar logo.
third network.


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!!1953: The ABC-[=DuMont=] merger
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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!!1954-56: The downfall
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.

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.

The only things left to keep the lights on were sporting events per prior commitments, which continued to air sporadically over the next ten months. Following the broadcast of ''Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena'' on August 6, 1956 (one retrospective claims it was only seen on '''five stations'''), [=DuMont=] went bust and the remaining network-owned stations (WABD, New York and WTTG, Washington) spun off into the [=DuMont=] Broadcasting Corporation.
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!!1956-86: The aftermath (including the Metromedia years)
In 1957, after purchasing two New York radio stations (WNEW and WHFI), the [=DuMont=] Broadcasting Corporation was renamed the Metropolitan Broadcasting Company to distance itself from the failure of the [=DuMont=] network. The next year, John Kluge bought Paramount's shares for $4,000,000 and became Metropolitan's chairman; Kluge renamed the company "Metromedia" in 1961, although the "Metropolitan" name remained for the broadcasting division until 1967.

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 destroy the tapes an idiocy that resulted in Winchell being awarded just under $18,000,000 as compensation.

In 1984, Kluge bought out Metromedia's shareholders and took the company private.

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 Broadcasting Center right where WABD (now WNYW) sits the former [=DuMont=] Tele-Centre (the Metromedia Telecenter during that era).

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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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.

While the network was mostly forgotten, there were two later references of note:
* One was in ''Film/{{Tron}}'' (released July 9, 1982), where the crucial turning point is facilitated by an aged, near-abandoned information guardian named [=DuMont=].
* 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".
** Mention is also made of how ''Commie'' and Ellen were implicated in the quiz show scandals, heavily suggesting it was a local WABD series that replaced ''Sense and Nonsense'' (1951-54) and ended circa 1959 despite Ellen eventually being cleared of any charges (the "Commies" were actually generous people who liked jazz).

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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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). Ironically, Paramount's former theater division purchased {{ABC}} in 1953, and the steady revenue stream from movie theaters helped it quickly leapfrog [=DuMont=] to become the third network.

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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). Ironically, Paramount's former theater division purchased {{ABC}} Creator/{{ABC}} in 1953, and the steady revenue stream from movie theaters helped it quickly leapfrog [=DuMont=] to become the third network.



In 1954, the network sold its ''de facto'' monopoly station in Pittsburgh (WDTV), which it used to get clearances in other markets, to Westinghouse [[hottip:*:(already the owner of radio station KDKA, which also became the new name for WDTV the next year)]] for $9.75M. Although the sale gave [=DuMont=] some much-needed cash, it also set off its downfall. Most of the lineup was dropped beginning in April 1955, and on September 23 the network's last regular series (a game show, ''What's the Story?'') aired for the last time. The only things left were sporting events, which continued to air sporadically over the next ten months.

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In 1954, the network sold its ''de facto'' monopoly station in Pittsburgh (WDTV), which it used to get clearances in other markets, to Westinghouse [[hottip:*:(already [[note]](already the owner of radio station KDKA, which also became the new name for WDTV the next year)]] year)[[/note]] for $9.75M. Although the sale gave [=DuMont=] some much-needed cash, it also set off its downfall. Most of the lineup was dropped beginning in April 1955, and on September 23 the network's last regular series (a game show, ''What's the Story?'') aired for the last time. The only things left were sporting events, which continued to air sporadically over the next ten months.



* The second was in the GrandFinale [[hottip:*:(by production order)]] 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; 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 [[hottip:*:(by [[note]](by production order)]] 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; 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 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 until 1964. Ironically, Paramount's former theater division purchased {{ABC}} in 1953, and the steady revenue stream from movie theaters helped it quickly leapfrog [=DuMont=] to become the third network.

[=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 had a regular skit that evolved into ''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 Fulton Sheen and respect from direct competitor Milton Berle.

Most, if not all, of [=DuMont=]'s programs were produced on small budgets, but 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.

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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 1964.1964). Ironically, Paramount's former theater division purchased {{ABC}} in 1953, and the steady revenue stream from movie theaters helped it quickly leapfrog [=DuMont=] to become the third network.

[=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 had a regular skit that evolved into 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 Fulton Sheen and respect from direct competitor Milton Berle.

Most, if not all, of [=DuMont=]'s programs were produced on small budgets, 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.
doing, with a lot of famous faces gracing the lineup. [=DuMont=]'s endearing charm and "gung-ho" attitude resulted in being SoCoolItsAwesome on its best days and SoBadItsGood on its worst.



In 1954, the network sold its ''de facto'' monopoly station in Pittsburgh (WDTV), which it used to get clearances in other markets, to Westinghouse [[hottip:*:(already the owner of radio station KDKA, which also became the new name for WDTV the next year)]] for $9.75 Million. Although the sale gave [=DuMont=] some much-needed cash, it also set off its downfall. Most of the lineup was dropped beginning in April 1955, and on September 23 the network's last regular series (a game show, ''What's The Story'') aired for the last time. The only things left were sporting events, which continued to air sporadically over the next ten months.

Following the broadcast of ''Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena'' on August 6, 1956 (one retrospective claims it was only seen on '''five stations'''), [=DuMont=] went bust with the remaining network-owned stations (WABD, New York and WTTG, Washington) going independent and spun off into the company that eventually became Metromedia. 30 years later, RupertMurdoch bought Metromedia's television operations from company creator John Kluge and established the {{FOX}} network, with the Fox Broadcasting Center right where WABD (now WNYW) sits the former [=DuMont=] Tele-Centre. So in a way, [[SpiritualSuccessor DuMont became FOX]]...and proceeded to earn itself [[ExecutiveMeddling a different]] [[TheFireflyEffect set]] [[LowestCommonDenominator of problems]].

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In 1954, the network sold its ''de facto'' monopoly station in Pittsburgh (WDTV), which it used to get clearances in other markets, to Westinghouse [[hottip:*:(already the owner of radio station KDKA, which also became the new name for WDTV the next year)]] for $9.75 Million.75M. Although the sale gave [=DuMont=] some much-needed cash, it also set off its downfall. Most of the lineup was dropped beginning in April 1955, and on September 23 the network's last regular series (a game show, ''What's The Story'') the Story?'') aired for the last time. The only things left were sporting events, which continued to air sporadically over the next ten months.

Following the broadcast of ''Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena'' on August 6, 1956 (one retrospective claims it was only seen on '''five stations'''), [=DuMont=] went bust with the remaining network-owned stations (WABD, New York and WTTG, Washington) going independent and spun off into the company that eventually became Metromedia. 30 years later, RupertMurdoch bought Metromedia's television operations from company creator John Kluge and established the {{FOX}} network, with the Fox Broadcasting Center right where WABD (now WNYW) sits the former [=DuMont=] Tele-Centre. So in a way, [[SpiritualSuccessor DuMont became FOX]]...and proceeded to earn itself [[ExecutiveMeddling a different]] [[TheFireflyEffect set]] [[LowestCommonDenominator of problems]].



* The second was in the GrandFinale [[hottip:*:(by production order)]] 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 [=DuMont=]'s 1954 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NechRuEE4t8#t=10m13s game]] ''[[RedScare Who's The Commie?]]'' (with announcer John O'Hurley), apparent proof that the network was desperate to get some sort of ratings; 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". It apparently continued on WABD until about 1958 or so, as it was among those present in the quiz show scandal investigations...although Ellen was eventually cleared of said charges due to the "Commies" being generous people who liked jazz.

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* The second was in the GrandFinale [[hottip:*:(by production order)]] 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 [=DuMont=]'s 1954 the [=DuMont=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NechRuEE4t8#t=10m13s game]] ''[[RedScare Who's The the Commie?]]'' (with announcer John O'Hurley), O'Hurley) in 1954, apparent proof that the network was desperate to get some sort of ratings; Orson Bean recalled that he was skeptical about a woman hosting a game show, "But then the camera went on, and there she was was: BillCullen with a rack". It apparently continued on WABD until about 1958 or so, as it was among those present rack".
** Mention is also made of how ''Commie'' and Ellen were implicated
in the quiz show scandal investigations...although scandals, heavily suggesting it was a local WABD series that replaced ''Sense and Nonsense'' (1951-54) and ended circa 1959 despite Ellen was eventually being cleared of said any charges due to the (the "Commies" being were actually generous people who liked jazz.
jazz).
21st Jul '12 11:28:20 PM Indigo12ash
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-->--'''Death''', ''FamilyGuy'' (episode "Death Is A Bitch").

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-->--'''Death''', ''FamilyGuy'' ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' (episode "Death Is A Bitch").



[=DuMont=] is, in more recent years, more of a footnote than anything else. The best-known series associated with the network are ''CaptainVideo'' and ''Cavalcade of Stars'', the latter of which had a regular skit that evolved into ''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 Fulton Sheen and respect from direct competitor Milton Berle.

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[=DuMont=] is, in more recent years, more of a footnote than anything else. The best-known series associated with the network are ''CaptainVideo'' ''Series/CaptainVideo'' and ''Cavalcade of Stars'', the latter of which had a regular skit that evolved into ''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 Fulton Sheen and respect from direct competitor Milton Berle.
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[=DuMont=] was also unique in that it employed a potentially-money-saving advertising tactic allow advertisers to choose where their commercials run, instead of forcing a large number of stations on them like the other three networks did.

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[=DuMont=] was also unique in that it employed a potentially-money-saving advertising tactic allow of letting advertisers to choose '''choose''' where their commercials run, instead of forcing ran, rather than do what the other three networks did and force a large number of stations on them like the other three networks did.
them.



Following the broadcast of ''Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena'' on August 6, 1956 (one retrospective claims it was only seen on '''five stations'''), [=DuMont=] went bust with the remaining network-owned stations (WABD, New York and WTTG, Washington) going independent and spun off into the company that eventually became Metromedia. Thirty years later, RupertMurdoch bought Metromedia's television operations from company creator John Kluge and established the {{FOX}} network, with the Fox Broadcasting Center right where WABD (now WNYW) sits the former [=DuMont=] Tele-Centre. So in a way, [[SpiritualSuccessor DuMont became FOX]]...and proceeded to earn itself [[ExecutiveMeddling a different]] [[TheFireflyEffect set]] [[LowestCommonDenominator of problems]].

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Following the broadcast of ''Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena'' on August 6, 1956 (one retrospective claims it was only seen on '''five stations'''), [=DuMont=] went bust with the remaining network-owned stations (WABD, New York and WTTG, Washington) going independent and spun off into the company that eventually became Metromedia. Thirty 30 years later, RupertMurdoch bought Metromedia's television operations from company creator John Kluge and established the {{FOX}} network, with the Fox Broadcasting Center right where WABD (now WNYW) sits the former [=DuMont=] Tele-Centre. So in a way, [[SpiritualSuccessor DuMont became FOX]]...and proceeded to earn itself [[ExecutiveMeddling a different]] [[TheFireflyEffect set]] [[LowestCommonDenominator of problems]].



* One was in the film ''{{Tron}}'' (released July 9, 1982), where the crucial turning point is facilitated by an aged, near-abandoned information guardian named [=DuMont=].

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* One was in the film ''{{Tron}}'' ''Film/{{Tron}}'' (released July 9, 1982), where the crucial turning point is facilitated by an aged, near-abandoned information guardian named [=DuMont=].
21st Jan '12 12:13:40 AM WarioBarker
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-->'''Death''', ''FamilyGuy'' (episode "Death Is A Bitch").

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-->'''Death''', -->--'''Death''', ''FamilyGuy'' (episode "Death Is A Bitch").



* The second was in the GrandFinale [[hottip:*:(by production order)]] 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 [=DuMont=]'s 1954 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NechRuEE4t8#t=10m13s game]] ''[[RedScare Who's The Commie?]]'' (with announcer John O'Hurley), apparent proof that the network was desperate to get some sort of ratings; Orson Bean recalled that he was at first skeptical about a woman hosting a game show, "But then the camera went on, and there she was BillCullen with a rack". The show apparently continued on WABD until about 1958 or so, as it was among those present in the quiz show scandals; Ellen was eventually cleared of said charges, as it turned out the so-called "Commies" were actually generous people who liked jazz.

to:

* The second was in the GrandFinale [[hottip:*:(by production order)]] 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 [=DuMont=]'s 1954 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NechRuEE4t8#t=10m13s game]] ''[[RedScare Who's The Commie?]]'' (with announcer John O'Hurley), apparent proof that the network was desperate to get some sort of ratings; Orson Bean recalled that he was at first skeptical about a woman hosting a game show, "But then the camera went on, and there she was BillCullen with a rack". The show It apparently continued on WABD until about 1958 or so, as it was among those present in the quiz show scandals; scandal investigations...although Ellen was eventually cleared of said charges, as it turned out charges due to the so-called "Commies" were actually being generous people who liked jazz.
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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, even though UHF would not be required on television sets until 1964. Ironically, Paramount's former theater division would purchase {{ABC}} in 1953, and the steady revenue stream from movie theaters helped that network quickly leapfrog [=DuMont=] to become the third network.

[=DuMont=] is, in more recent years, more like a footnote than anything else. The best-known series associated with the network are ''CaptainVideo'' and ''Cavalcade of Stars'', the latter of which had a regular skit that evolved into ''TheHoneymooners''. Two of the most popular programs during the network's heyday were the GameShow ''DownYouGo'' and the religious program ''LifeIsWorthLiving'', the latter of which won both an Emmy for host Fulton 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. 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, even though UHF would not be stations in an era when it wasn't required on television TV sets until 1964. Ironically, Paramount's former theater division would purchase purchased {{ABC}} in 1953, and the steady revenue stream from movie theaters helped that network it quickly leapfrog [=DuMont=] to become the third network.

[=DuMont=] is, in more recent years, more like of a footnote than anything else. The best-known series associated with the network are ''CaptainVideo'' and ''Cavalcade of Stars'', the latter of which had a regular skit that evolved into ''TheHoneymooners''. Two of the most popular programs during the network's heyday were the GameShow ''DownYouGo'' ''Down You Go'' and the religious program ''LifeIsWorthLiving'', ''Life Is Worth Living'', the latter of which won both an Emmy for host Fulton Sheen and respect from direct competitor Milton Berle.



In 1954, the network sold its ''de facto'' monopoly station in Pittsburgh (WDTV), which it used to get clearances in other markets, to Westinghouse[[hottip:*:(already the owner of radio station KDKA, which also became the new name for WDTV the next year)]] for just under $10 Million. Although the sale gave [=DuMont=] some much-needed cash, it was also the move which set off its downfall. Most of the programming lineup was dropped beginning in April 1955, and on September 23 the network's last regular series (a game show, ''What's the Story'') aired for the last time. The only things left on the network were sporting events, which continued to air sporadically over the next ten months.

Following the broadcast of ''Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena'' on August 6, 1956 (one retrospective claims it was only seen on '''five stations'''), [=DuMont=] went bust with the remaining network-owned stations (WABD, New York and WTTG, Washington) going independent and spun off into the company that eventually became Metromedia. Thirty years later, RupertMurdoch bought Metromedia's television operations from John Kluge (who created Metromedia) and established the {{FOX}} network, with the Fox Broadcasting Center right where WABD (now WNYW) sits the former [=DuMont=] Tele-Centre. So, in a way, [[SpiritualSuccessor DuMont became FOX]]...and proceeded to earn itself [[ExecutiveMeddling a different]] [[TheFireflyEffect set]] [[LowestCommonDenominator of problems]].

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In 1954, the network sold its ''de facto'' monopoly station in Pittsburgh (WDTV), which it used to get clearances in other markets, to Westinghouse[[hottip:*:(already Westinghouse [[hottip:*:(already the owner of radio station KDKA, which also became the new name for WDTV the next year)]] for just under $10 $9.75 Million. Although the sale gave [=DuMont=] some much-needed cash, it was also the move which set off its downfall. Most of the programming lineup was dropped beginning in April 1955, and on September 23 the network's last regular series (a game show, ''What's the The Story'') aired for the last time. The only things left on the network were sporting events, which continued to air sporadically over the next ten months.

Following the broadcast of ''Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena'' on August 6, 1956 (one retrospective claims it was only seen on '''five stations'''), [=DuMont=] went bust with the remaining network-owned stations (WABD, New York and WTTG, Washington) going independent and spun off into the company that eventually became Metromedia. Thirty years later, RupertMurdoch bought Metromedia's television operations from company creator John Kluge (who created Metromedia) and established the {{FOX}} network, with the Fox Broadcasting Center right where WABD (now WNYW) sits the former [=DuMont=] Tele-Centre. So, So in a way, [[SpiritualSuccessor DuMont became FOX]]...and proceeded to earn itself [[ExecutiveMeddling a different]] [[TheFireflyEffect set]] [[LowestCommonDenominator of problems]].



* One was in the film ''{{Tron}}'' (released July 9, 1982), where the crucial turning point is facilitated by an aged, near-abandoned information guardian named [=DuMont=].
* The second was in the GrandFinale [[hottip:*:(by production order)]] of ''Ellen'' (May 13, 1998), presented as a SeriousBusiness documentary by Linda Ellerbee about [=DeGeneres=]' long career. Clips were shown of Ellen hosting [=DuMont=]'s 1954 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NechRuEE4t8#t=10m13s game]] ''[[RedScare Who's The Commie?]]'' (with announcer John O'Hurley), apparent proof that the network was desperate to get some sort of ratings; Orson Bean recalled that he was at first skeptical about a woman hosting a game show, "But then the camera went on, and there she was BillCullen with a rack". The show ran until about 1956 or so, and was among those implicated in the rigged-quiz scandals; Ellen was eventually cleared, as it turned out the so-called "Commies" were actually generous people who liked jazz.
** Note that this is total fiction. The first game show to be hosted by a woman was Just Men!, which debuted in 1983 and lasted 13 weeks. BettyWhite hosted and even won an Emmy for her role in the show, which even Betty White admits was given to her because she was the only female game show host. However most people (excluding Summer Sanders of FigureItOut) remember Anne Robinson as the first permanent female game show host, in 2003, of ''TheWeakestLink''.

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* * One was in the film ''{{Tron}}'' (released July 9, 1982), where the crucial turning point is facilitated by an aged, near-abandoned information guardian named [=DuMont=].
* * The second was in the GrandFinale [[hottip:*:(by production order)]] 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 [=DuMont=]'s 1954 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NechRuEE4t8#t=10m13s game]] ''[[RedScare Who's The Commie?]]'' (with announcer John O'Hurley), apparent proof that the network was desperate to get some sort of ratings; Orson Bean recalled that he was at first skeptical about a woman hosting a game show, "But then the camera went on, and there she was BillCullen with a rack". The show ran apparently continued on WABD until about 1956 1958 or so, and as it was among those implicated present in the rigged-quiz quiz show scandals; Ellen was eventually cleared, cleared of said charges, as it turned out the so-called "Commies" were actually generous people who liked jazz.
** Note that this is total fiction. The first game show to be hosted by a woman was Just Men!, which debuted in 1983 and lasted 13 weeks. BettyWhite hosted and even won an Emmy for her role in the show, which even Betty White admits was given to her because she was the only female game show host. However most people (excluding Summer Sanders of FigureItOut) remember Anne Robinson as the first permanent female game show host, in 2003, of ''TheWeakestLink''.
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