ERIC Number: ED060666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar-22
Reference Count: 0
Children's Television Violence; Statement Before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications of the Senate Commerce Committee.
The staff of the Surgeon General's report on Television and Social Behavior has given us five volumes of reports documenting television's adverse impact on our children's mental health. Action for Children's Television has pointed out what television executives are doing to make our children into little consumers. These are but small instances in a whole pattern of totally irresponsible corporate behavior, and they can only be understood and dealt with in that context. Some proposals to remedy this situation include: 1) fund the Public Broadcasting Corporation at no less than $500 million a year; 2) require that the three commercial networks provide one-third of all prime time on a nonsponsored basis for entertainment, dramas, cultural, and public affairs programming; 3) require counter advertising; 4) require that two commercial minutes be removed from every half hour containing violence, and be made available at no cost to professionals so they can provide information about the adverse effects of violence; 5) reduce the permissible number of commercial minutes; 6) require all commercials to be bunched on the hour and half-hour; 7) forbid networks to own programs, program production facilities, or situations; and 8) fund a review of the impact of television upon all aspects of our society. (SH)
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Authoring Institution: Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC.