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Fred Friendly was a towering figure in the history of broadcast journalism, who came to stand for quality and integrity in journalism. Friendly, who died in 1998, was the former president of CBS News and the creator, with Edward R. Murrow, of the documentary television program See It Now.
After he left CBS, Friendly worked at the Ford Foundation, played a major role in establishing the PBS public television system, and taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Friendly developed Media and Society Seminars, using the distinctive Socratic style of the hypothetical scenario, and they were renamed the Fred Friendly Seminars after his death.
Today, the broadcast newsroom at Columbia University's School of Journalism is named for Friendly, as is a professorship at the school.