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(Studio) In Los Angeles today, Federal Judge Warren Ferguson rules method of networks adopting family viewing hour unconstitutional, though viewing period itself not so.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Hollywood, California) Report on viewing hour implementation and suit brought by union of television writers, directors, actors and producers. Judge says FCC pressured networks to begin practice. 1 of producers is Norman Lear. [LEAR - says practice is sham.] Case of "Sonny and Cher" show noted. (Interview by Richard Wagner.) [Sonny BONO - says it's hassle and logic hard to figure.] [CHER - notes commercial on television after news which daughter, Chastity, saw; relates it to family hour] Reaction of network execs. mixed. [CBS-TV Network President Robert WUSSLER - says public deserves less violence on TV, but such can't be judged by courts or institutions.] CBS says ruling will be appealed and family hour will be contd.; ABC and NBC indicate similar policy.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Drinkwater, Terry
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