Nope. That started about 10 / 15 years later.
The politics of the LA TV production industry in the 1980’s was not that different from the 1960’s. The same industry people were still in control of the top management positions. The upper management generation change started in the late 1990’s and it was in 2005/2010 that it was pretty much complete. A typical early / mid 1990’s prime time schedule was not that different from 20 years before.
Here is early 1990’s…
Here is late 1960’s.
Maybe 20% of those shows were shown outside the US but most of the 1960’s shows except for mid season cancellations were still in syndication in the 1980’s. As were a number of shows from the 1950’s.
i knew quite a few people in the trades back then. Although movies got more media attention TV production was actually the biggest part of The 'Biz in LA back then. In the 1990’s cable started making serious inroads but it was in the mid / late 2000’s when the nightly network audience fell below critical mass that the old business died. And with it any standards of taste or morals. But the end of the old order was signaled when ABC strip programmed 'Millionaire five days a week in 2000. A sign of just how bad things had become.
All ancient history now. With streaming platform owing the audience and broadcast just a dying legacy platform. Basically an Oldsmobile audience. Over 50’s and the average viewer age getting one year older every year.
Just look at last years ratings. None of the top rated 10 prime time shows would have broke Top 75 back 30 years ago.
Its dead, Jim.
As for the big abuse scandals of that era, some were in the network end of the business but the most horrific abuse was in the cable end. With both Disney and Nickelodeon so far doing a good job of keeping them out of the courts. So far. Disney did not surprise me too much but what happened at Nick in the 1990’s and the cover up by Viacom, was much worse. And a real surprise. They had run a very tight ship the first 10 years.
So no different from the Vatican really when it comes to protection pf power, reputation, and money. The only difference is that everyone working in The Biz or familiar with how it works will readily admit that its full of sleazy sh*ts. Unlike with the Vatican it seems.