Morris (Morrie) Gelman, 90, former reporter for B&C as well as other media trades in New York, Washington and Los Angeles, died Aug. 26 in Palm Desert, Calif.
Gelman retired in 2000 after almost 50 years in journalism, first for newspapers and later for a variety of business magazines, including as a senior editor and contributing editor for Broadcasting & Cable in Hollywood in the 1960s and '70s.
Gelman was born in Brooklyn and after working in the mail room of Mutual Broadcasting System, joined the New York Post as an assistant to iconic columnist Earl Wilson and later as a police reporter before transitioning into entertainment business journalism as a features editor for Theater magazine.
In addition to writing for B&C (then Broadcasting and Cable), Gelman worked for Variety, Ad Age and Electronic Media (later TV Week).
Gelman also conducted interviews for the Archive of American Television at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and and penned the book, The Best in Televison, 50 Years of Emmys.
Gelman is survived by his wife, Marisa, two sons and two grandchildren.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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