Legendary TV-News Producer Bill Geddie Passes Away at 68

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Bill Geddie with his wife

The world of television mourns the loss of a true icon as Bill Geddie, the renowned TV-news producer behind several of Barbara Walters’ most notable projects, including the long-running ABC daytime show “The View,” has passed away at the age of 68 due to coronary-related factors. Geddie’s family confirmed the sad news to Variety.

Beyond his significant contributions to television, Geddie was a beloved husband and father. His family described him as larger-than-life, possessing a genuine love for television and entertainment. His creative talents knew no bounds, as he delved into screenwriting, recording podcasts, playing guitar, writing songs, and showcasing a deep appreciation for a diverse range of music from country to jazz. The Beatles held a special place in his heart, and he cherished the unforgettable opportunity to meet his personal hero, Paul McCartney, in person. Geddie’s family fondly reflected on the many remarkable people he crossed paths with, showcasing his magnetic and sociable nature.

Bill Geddie’s partnership with Barbara Walters went beyond their work on “The View.” For an impressive 25 years, the two were the driving force behind ABC News correspondent’s BarWall Productions. Geddie’s versatile talents allowed him to serve as the executive producer, writer, and director of the famed “Barbara Walters Specials” and “The 10 Most Fascinating People.” The passing of Barbara Walters in December 2022 at the age of 93 marked a significant loss to the industry.

Throughout his illustrious career, Geddie worked with various popular hosts. He spent 17 years as the executive producer of “The View,” successfully launching the groundbreaking show alongside Walters. Additionally, he served as the executive producer for ABC’s “Tamron Hall” during its 2018-2020 season and even oversaw a celebrity-interview special anchored by Megyn Kelly during her successful run at Fox News Channel in 2016.

Geddie’s talents extended beyond the realm of television. He had a hand in producing the 1996 sci-fi film “Unforgettable,” starring Ray Liotta and Linda Fiorentino. His production company, Bill Geddie Productions, produced 60 original hours for the Discovery Channel, adding to his impressive body of work.

Aside from his professional accomplishments, Geddie will be remembered for his unique humor, filled with puns, and his unwavering belief in honesty and integrity. His family described him as a kind man who led by example and provided positive guidance to those around him.

Born on July 17, 1955, in San Antonio, Texas, Geddie’s career in television started in a humble manner. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in communications and film in 1977. Early in his career, he worked as a news cameraman and editor at KOCO, an ABC station, where he eventually met his wife of 44 years, Barbara. Geddie’s journey led him to become a producer at Westinghouse’s “PM Magazine” in San Francisco and then to New York City, where he joined “Good Morning America” (GMA).

Throughout his career, Bill Geddie received numerous accolades, including six local Emmys and the Regional Cameraman of the Year award during his time as a news cameraman and editor at WKYC in Cleveland. He later transitioned to a producer role, where he won four national Emmy Awards, including one for his work on “The View” in 2003, and three NAACP Image Awards for the same show.

Geddie’s passion for golf and movies shone brightly in his personal life. He enjoyed playing golf for charities and was a member of the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. In his downtime, he loved watching zombie horror films and film noir with his family.

Bill Geddie’s legacy in the world of television and entertainment will be forever cherished, and his impact on the industry will continue to inspire generations to come. He leaves behind his wife Barbara, as well as two daughters, Allison and Lauren, and a multitude of admirers and colleagues who were fortunate to know and work with him.

Source : Variety 

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