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Re: New Report Faults Commercial TV Broadcasters
Not surprised at all. When WODS was owned by CBS (pre Westinghouse et
al) the company required 6% of the weekly broadcast air time be devoted
to news and public affairs (10.08 hours a week). CBS was very strict
about maintaining a 6% minimum. That figure was slashed dramatically
after the Westinghouse buyout and merger with Infinity. The reason the
program director gave me for the cut back is "we aren't required to do it
On Mon, 27 Mar 2000 19:14:14 -0500 Donna Halper <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Well, I'm not terribly surprised by this... are any of you???
>commercial broadcasters are forsaking
> >public affairs programming. Despite promises from broadcasters that
> >competition and deregulation will lead to a diversity of voices and
> >allegiance to localism, the report, "Market Conditions and Public
> >Programming," highlights that during a typical fortnight, only 0.3
> >of the total commercial broadcast time is devoted to local public
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