Television executive


Roger M. King, the CBS and King World Productions executive who helped bring stars including Oprah Winfrey, Alex Trebek and "Dr. Phil" McGraw to television, died Saturday at a hospital in Boca Raton, Fla., after suffering a stroke.

Mr. King was chief executive officer of CBS Television Distribution. He joined the network in 2000 when his groundbreaking company, King World Productions, merged with CBS.


Under his guidance, King World became the industry's leading distributor of first-run syndicated programming, bringing to television such programs as The Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil. He also launched the syndicated news magazine Inside Edition.


Television cameraman

Ralph Binder, a Denver television cameraman who often worked for ABC News, was killed Thursday in a traffic accident as he was on his way to Omaha, Neb., to cover the aftermath of the mass shooting at the Westroads Mall, the network said.

Mr. Binder and a sound technician were on Interstate 80 near Grand Island, Neb., when their vehicle swerved to avoid a car that had gone out of control, ABC News President David Westin said. The soundman, Dan Johnson, was treated at a hospital and released, Mr. Westin said.

Mr. Binder had worked for ABC News in Washington and later moved to Denver, where he frequently did freelance work for the network.

"He was a first-class cameraman, but much more, he was a wonderful man," Mr. Westin said.



University vice president

Richard Ewing, a Texas A&M; University vice president who resigned in the summer as head of the school's troubled biodefense research program, died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack .

He became the school's vice president of research in 2000, leading a federally funded program to conduct biodefense research. A watchdog group revealed this year that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had been investigating how the university failed to report a lab worker's infection with the Brucella bacterium and three other workers' exposure to Q fever.

As vice president for research, he was directly responsible for all lab work on campus, regardless of whether it involved federally protected agents. It was unclear whether he played a role in the failure to report the lab accidents.


Scholar of American music


H. Wiley Hitchcock, a leading scholar of American music and the founding director of the Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College, died Wednesday in New York City. The cause was prostate cancer, said his wife, Janet Hitchcock.

Besides being a teacher, editor and author of works including important studies of Baroque music, Mr. Hitchcock played a major role in building a support structure for scholars and studies in American music. In addition to founding the institute at Brooklyn College in 1971 and directing it through 1993, Mr. Hitchcock served as president of the Music Library Association, the Charles Ives Society and the American Musicological Society.

He was also on the editorial boards of The Musical Quarterly and American Music, as well as of New World Records, a recording venture devoted to American music. He was probably best known as the co-editor (and chief content editor) of the New Grove Dictionary of American Music. The voluminous "Ameri-Grove," as it came to be called, was heralded both for its ecumenical embrace of vernacular musical idioms and for the often breezy writing style of its articles.