Rick Ludwin, who oversaw late-night programming at NBC for many years but is probably best known for backing the sitcom “Seinfeld” when it seemed the network might drop it before the show started its storied run, died on Sunday at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 71. 8:44 p.m.
Jan Erik Kongshaug, a recording engineer who helped sculpt the rich and quietly splendorous sound of ECM Records, an influential label that has produced timeless jazz and contemporary classical recordings, died on Nov. 5 in Oslo, Norway. 7:08 p.m.
Raymond Poulidor, the “eternal runner-up” whose repeated failure to win the Tour de France helped him conquer French hearts and become the country’s all-time favorite cyclist, has died. He was 83. 7:00 p.m.
William J. Hughes, who served 20 years in Congress representing the 2nd District of New Jersey and then was US ambassador to Panama during the years leading up to the transfer of control of the Panama Canal from the United States to Panama, died Oct. 30. 9:18 p.m.