ERIC Number: ED132634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
NCCB (National Citizens Committee for Broadcasting)--A Media Challenger.
Ranly, Donald P.
This report traces the development of the National Citizens Committee for Broadcasting (NCCB) in its attempts to make broadcasting better serve the public interest. The committee first became active in 1967, when President Johnson's proposals and recommendations for funding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting were meeting resistance in the Congress. The activities of NCCB under Chairman Thomas P. Hoving are described. In 1968 Hoving charged that the commercial television networks and the American Telephone and Telegraph Company were in collusion to dominate technical facilities for the coast-to-coast relay of video "trivia." As a result of Hoving's attacks on commercial broadcasters, several members of the committee and of the board of trustees resigned. In 1970 Hoving resigned and, amidst much controversy, the NCCB began to reorganize. In 1974 Nicholas Johnson became chairman and chief executive officer of the organization. At this time, the NCCB began to publish a magazine entitled "access" in an attempt to encourage a sense of common purpose to those involved in the citizens media-reform movement. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Freedom of Information Foundation, Columbia, MO.