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Albert T. Primo  
Chairman  

Albert T. Primo is recognized worldwide as the creator of the Eyewitness News concept which revolutionized the way television news is presented and has become the standard format for the industry. He developed the first “beat system” for local TV news and initiated the use of minority reporters and women in prominent roles on news programs.

He currently produces an innovative weekly program, Teen Kids News syndicated to 200+TV Stations, seen in 1,000 locations in 175 countries and all the Navy ships at sea via American Forces Network and sent by PBS satellite to 8,880 schools each week.

Primo founded Eyewitness Newservice, Inc. after 10 years with ABC as Vice President of News. He continues to provide production and strategic advisory services for networks, local stations, Internet, cable organizations, newspapers and corporations.

He assembled the team and developed the Investigative News series, “Now It Can Be Told” with Geraldo Rivera, whom he originally discovered and trained as a journalist with the Columbia University Minority Training Program. He was Executive Producer.

Primo led the news team at WABC-TV that forever changed treatment for retarded people with his Award winning series with Mr. Rivera, “Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace.” He received the coveted Peabody award as Executive Producer. He was recently inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences for lifetime achievement, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and numerous other awards.

He was the youngest Corporate Vice President named at ABC in 1972, in charge of local news where he expanded his Eyewitness News format to more than 100 stations. Primo joined ABC News as Executive Producer of the Reasoner Report in 1974.

He published The Village Gazette. newspaper in Greenwich, CT for eight years and also owned and operated radio station WNVR, Waterbury, CT for an equal period of time.

In 1985, he became a limited partner in Cablevision of Connecticut, writing the successful franchise application that created the regional news channels concept, News 12. He was the subject of a CNN Pinnacle program, June 4, 2000.

He Co-Founded IA Global, Inc. a public company that represents media properties. It’s listed on the American Stock Exchange, AMEX (IAO). He was also a founding partner of Medialink, Inc. a public relations company and USNewswire, Inc. which was recently acquired by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway company.

Albert T. Primo served for 10 years on the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a BA degree and funded the Eyewitness News Electronic Journalism Center. Served on the Purchase College Foundation, State University of New York (SUNY). Newbury College in Boston conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree on Mr. Primo in May. He is also a member of the President’s Advisory Board of Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.
182 Sound Beach Ave. Old Greenwich, CT 06870, Primonews@aol.com, 203-637-0044

 

 

 
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