Movie Fact #794 – March 18th, 2015:

Part of the inspiration for screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky’s script for the 1976 film “Network” came from the on-air suicide of television news reporter Christine Chubbuck in Sarasota, Florida two years earlier. The anchorwoman Chubback was suffering from depression and battles with her editors, and unable to keep going, she shot herself on camera as stunned viewers watched on July 15, 1974. Chayefsky used this incident to set up his film’s focal point which was, as he would say later in an interview, “Television will do anything for a rating… anything!”

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