Final ‘McLaughlin Group’ to tape Friday; hourlong tribute planned

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The McLaughlin Group, one of public television’s longest-running public affairs programs, will end this weekend.

Host John McLaughlin died Tuesday at age 89. His program, presented by WTTW in Chicago, had aired since 1982.

John Roberts, a longtime consulting producer with McLaughlin’s company Oliver Productions, told Variety that McLaughlin had said to him several years ago, “What would be so wrong if when I finish up I just turn the lights out?”

The panel is expected to tape a final half-hour show Friday. An hourlong retrospective is planned for a later date.