'Monday Night Football' producer Ohlmeyer to accept award

Longtime ABC sports director Chet Forte will posthumously receive the Directors Guild of America’s Lifetime Achievement in Sports Direction Award.

The honor, to be presented Saturday at the 52nd Annual DGA Awards, will be accepted on Forte’s behalf by former NBC West Coast president and new “Monday Night Football” producer Don Ohlmeyer.

Forte spent 24 years at ABC Sports beginning in 1963 and was probably best known for directing “Monday Night Football” between 1971 and 1986. He directed ABC’s Olympics coverage between 1964 and 1984, more than 300 episodes of “Wide World of Sports,” “Monday Night Baseball,” Super Bowl XIX, the World Series and numerous Triple Crown horse races.

He also directed ABC news specials, including space shuttle launches, the return of American hostages from Iran and Ronald Reagan’s presidential inauguration. Forte died of a heart attack in 1996 at the age of 60.

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