Robert Wilson, television pioneer and father of Owen, Luke and Andrew Wilson, passed away on Friday, May 5. He was 75.
The news broke via KERA, which is a radio station Wilson “built from the ground up.” The Dallas PBS station noted that he died after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
KERA recognized Wilson’s many accomplishments as it’s station manager from 1968 until 1975. He helped the station move from black and white to color and launched news anchor Jim Lehrer’s career by co-creating Newsroom. Wilson is also credited for bringing Monty Python’s Flying Circus to American television in 1974.
Wilson is survived by his wife, Laura and his three sons as well as his grandchildren.
Luke Wilson stated that his father’s memory can be honored through donations to PBS.