R | | Drama
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.
In the film, Max and Diana refer to their affair as "a many-splendored thing", an inside joke, since William Holden had starred in Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955).
This story is about Howard Beale, who was the news anchorman on UBS TV. In his time, Howard Beale had been a mandarin of television, the grand old man of news, with a HUT rating of 16 and a 28 audience share. In 1969, however, his fortunes began to ...
Just after Beale announces his intention to commit suicide on the air, we see a row of TV screens showing how the story is being covered by the other channels. Playing a news anchor, John Gabriel claims that "something happened at one of our sister networks..." It should have been referred to as a "competitive" network - a "sister" implies the same corporate ownership, something prohibited by the FCC in 1976.
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