The obit is an interesting look at t.v. news history as well.
A good passage:
"Our men are already on the job from coast to coast," Mr. Frank said in a news release issued by NBC on June 8, 1960, a month before the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles. "They'll arrive at the conventions with their own assigned delegations or personalities. And when the conventions get under way, our men will belong to and be an integral part of their assignments."
He added, "It's a kind of aboveboard and perfectly ethical journalistic 'espionage,' if you will."