CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 20, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Clash between television networks and movie studios over syndication rights to reruns of television shows examined; econs. involved and legal restrictions on ABC, CBS, and NBC pertaining to reruns outlined on screen, discussed. Basis of Federal Communications Commission ruling recalled. [Motion Picture Association president Jack VALENTI, NBC president Robert MULHOLLAND - debate issue.] [ABC Incorporated president Frederick PIERCE - believes repeal of Federal Communications Commission rule would increase competition and quality of television programming.] CBS statement on issue quoted on screen; government agencies involved noted all supporting deregulation. Alleged stance of President Reagan noted. [Producer Norman LEAR - accuses networks of trying to maintain monopoly.] Reagan thought deciding soon on extent of his personal involvement in matter.
REPORTER: Bill Plante
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