He developed closed circuit programming

Thom Keith, cable TV pioneer, died of cancer Dec. 14 in Las Vegas. He was 69.

Keith started his production company, TKO, in 1965 in Laguna Hills, Calif., and relocated to Las Vegas in 1997. The company was billed as “the world’s largest closed circuit TV network.” Like community access TV it included programs such as “Good Morning Show.”

Along with the closed circuit TV system, Keith conducted seminars with Walter Cronkite with the hopes that cable television could become not only a programming medium but also advertising. In 1969 he founded a company to develop interactive television technologies and program content. He also developed “The Congressional Report,” a forerunner to today’s C-SPAN.

While living in Las Vegas for the past 15 years, Keith created programming for local television.

He is survived by two daughters, including actress Jennifer Keith, and a brother.

Services will be held at noon Dec. 29 at Westminster Memorial Park Cemetery: 14801 Beach Blvd., Westminster, CA 92683.

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