ERIC Number: ED059581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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On the Cable; The Television of Abundance. Report of the Sloan Commission on Cable Communications.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.
The Sloan Commission report on cable television surveys the history and technology of cable television and suggests the prospects and possibilities the medium offers to the American public. The possible impact of cable television on over-the-air television is projected, and the possible shape of entertainment, news and opinion, public services, political, and community service programs on cable is examined in detail. Suggestions are made for ownership and control of cable systems and the regulation of cable television by the federal government. The major conclusions and recommendations of the Commission are summarized, and four of the support papers are presented along with abstracts of several others. Among the recommendations of the Commission are: cable systems can carry mass entertainment, specialized entertainment programs, as well as channels devoted to governmental, quasi-governmental, educational services and mandated public access channels; cable systems should be obliged to carry the local public broadcasting stations; public television stations should be permitted to operate cable franchises without market restrictions; local franchising authorities should give preference for ownership to community non-profit and profit-making institutions within neighborhoods which have special social or ethnic problems and needs. (JY)
Descriptors: Broadcast Industry, Cable Television, Community Control, Federal Legislation, News Media, Programing (Broadcast), Television
McGraw-Hill Book Company, 330 West 42nd Street, New York, N.Y. 10036 ($2.95)
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Authoring Institution: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.