Earl K. “Dick” Moore, a leading communications and public interest attorney, died Nov. 3 in Manhattan after a long battle with cancer. He was 79.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Moore earned his law degree from Harvard in 1948. Shortly after, he started working at the Manhattan firm of Goldstein, Judd and Gurfein. It was while working there that Moore took on a case challenging the license renewal of NBC affiliate WLBT-TV of Jackson, Miss., for discrimination against African-Americans. WLBT-TV was the only American TV station to lose its operating license for cause.

Moore continued to work on cases that impacted broadcast advocacy, primetime access, multiple ownership and children’s programming.

In 1968, he started his own law partnership which grew to incorporate 30 attorneys. After its dissolution in 1990, he merged with another practice and worked until his 1996 retirement.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests gifts in Moore’s memory to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Moore is survived by wife Katharine, two sons, two daughters, two sisters and three grandchildren.