Mr. Chayefsky “was very charming and was very funny about some of the people he had seen,” Mr. Wald told Dave Itzkoff for his book. “Crazy as hell: The Making of ‘Network’ and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies “(2014).” Which led me to believe he wouldn’t treat them kindly. “
Mr. Wald resigned from NBC News in 1977 after disputes with the network’s senior management over issues like the signing of exclusive and expensive contracts with former president Gerald R. Ford; his wife, Betty; and Henry A. Kissinger, the former secretary of state, to appear on special NBC News broadcasts.
Although he approved the purchases at the time, he later heard that the taxes paid had led to cuts in his budget for special news and documentaries, the New York Times reported at the time.
After leaving NBC, Mr. Wald consulted with PBS about the future of newsgathering on public television and was a special assistant for three months. Otis Chandlereditor of the Los Angeles Times.
When Mr. Arledge recruited him to join ABC News in 1978, Mr. Wald had to adapt to the local culture, especially in the Washington office, which did not welcome him happily.
“If you think we need an NBC guy to help us, you’re wrong”, Frank Reynoldsaccording to the memoir of Mr. Arledge, one of the three hosts of ABC’s “World News Tonight”.
Mr. Wald adapted and stayed for 21 years.
In addition to his sons Matthew, a former New York Times reporter, and Jonathan, a former executive producer of “Today” and “NBC Nightly News,” Mr. Wald, who lived in Larchmont, New York, has survived a daughter, Elizabeth. Forest; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson. His wife, Edith (Leslie) Wald, died in 2021.