TS News - US Educational TV Future In Doubt

TELE-satellit News, 12 July 1996

US Educational TV Future In Doubt
  WASHINGTON, DC, USA, 96/07/11 (SHOPTALK) -- The future of educational
television for children fell into jeopardy this week when Federal
Communications Commission member James Quello raised a slew of objections
against the newly drafted plan to increase children's programming.

  Quello, who's vote is vital to the proposed measure, said that if the plan
wasn't changed he would vote against it. The current plan would require TV
stations to air at
least three hours of educational shows a week for children as a condition
for license renewal.

  With the plan, says Quello, broadcasters are not given enough flexibility
to meet that goal. Quello's objections resulted in the cancellation of a
scheduled meeting yesterday to vote on the plan.

  The entire issue of childrens TV in the US, and the complaints about
imposition of a three hour minimum weekly quota, has caused amazement in
many other countries where childrens TV can be routinely found for two to
three hours each day on many channels.

  By: Don Fitzpatrick
  Source: Shoptalk, http://www.tvspy.com/

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