Howard S. Meighan, a former CBS executive who is credited as a pioneer in the use of videotape on television, died of cardiac arrest March 8 at New York Hospital in Manhattan. He was 88.
In 1956, when Meighan was a veepee at CBS, the Ampex Corp. introduced a new system that could simultaneously record sound and pictures and play them back immediately. Meighan saw that video recording could bring a better picture to television viewers and, on his advice, CBS was one of the first purchasers of the equipment.
Born in Mamaroneck, N.Y., in 1906, Meighan graduated from Columbia U. and worked for the J. Walter Thompson ad agency.
He started with CBS in 1934 as account exec in radio sales and worked his way up. At one time, he was president of CBS Radio. In the 1950s, he was in charge of developing Television City.
He left CBS in 1958 to start Videotape Prods. Inc.
Survived by his wife, two daughters, a sister and two brothers.