CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 14, 1978
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(Studio) Report on censorship-or-citizen action controversy involving National Congress of Parent-Teachers Association and television.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Atlanta, Georgia) [National PTA television Action Center spokesperson Marion YOUNG - discusses public reaction to television programming.] Details given of PTA intensified campaign against alleged video violence and sexploitation, during work- shops at national convention in Atlanta. Org.'s threats to Continue with plans to work against license renewals for 5 network affiliates in Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit noted. PTA's basis for campaign, own study conducted last year, described. [PTA national president Grace BAISINGER - states findings that shows like "Charlie's Angels, Kojak, Starsky and Hutch" and "Police Woman" were objectionable because of violence. Disagreement with PTA findings of television industry representatives, like television Info. Office of NYC, reported [TV Info. Office director Roy DANISH - discusses view that this is form of censorship.] [BAISINGER - says possible action against network affiliated stations isn't censorship, but exercise in citizen action rights given them by Federal Communications Act.] Other PTA efforts to influence television programming outlined.
REPORTER: Ed Rabel
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