ERIC Number: ED054611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
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Wasteland Revisited; A Report on the Failure of Commercial Television to Serve the Children of the Bay Area.
Committee on Children's Television, San Francisco, CA.
The Committee on Children's Television (CCT) analyzed the fall program schedules for the five San Francisco Bay Area commercial television stations. They found that 80% of programs directed to children on weekdays are old network and syndicated series, with 10% being contributed by a network; less than 6% of the total children's schedule is devoted to the new network informational programs; 41% of the total children's schedule consists of cartoons; and only 2% of the total schedule for children is produced by local stations. In May, 1971, after a resolution was passed by the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco requesting programming which "adequately reflects the rich diversity of American society," CCT initiated meetings with management representatives of the stations to express concern for better children's programming. While several of the stations have voiced support for the resolution, CCT feels that most of the stations "will do little to upgrade the quantity and quality of children's programming next season." CCT recommends that children be given programs that reflect the cultural diversity of the Bay Area, that treat children as a special class with special human needs, and that are shown at hours appropriate to children. (SH)
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Authoring Institution: Committee on Children's Television, San Francisco, CA.