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Veteran Newsman John Hart Leaving NBC

March 18, 1988

NEW YORK (AP) _ NBC correspondent John Hart is leaving the network at the end of the month to pursue other interests.

Hart, whose thoughtful, poetic style has been featured in his pieces for ″NBC Nightly News,″ also served as Saturday anchor for the broadcast and anchors NBC’s News Digests.

Hart joined NBC in 1975 as a political correspondent and later served as Chief European Correspondent. Before NBC, Hart spent about 15 years at CBS, serving as Washington anchor and then New York anchor of the ″CBS Morning News″ from 1968 to 1973.

Hart said Thursday that the decision to leave ″just kind of grew over several years. The business changed and I changed and I guess we changed differently.″

NBC News President Lawrence K. Grossman said NBC News would welcome him back if he ever wanted to return. Hart said he didn’t know what he would do yet, except get his hectic life back to normal.

Two other prominent network journalists, Bill Moyers and Roger Mudd, have left network news for public television in recent years, citing dissatisfaction with the increasing importance of budgets and marketing in news divisions.

Hart said such issues affected his decision, but he declined to discuss them lest appear he was leaving the network with bad feelings.

″I’m not going away mad,″ he said. ″It’s really a very positive step. I’m really grateful to the business for the life it’s given me. I’ve been able to witness first-hand the major events in my life. I wouldn’t do it differently in any way.″

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