NBC Evening News for Friday, Dec 20, 1968
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(Studio) 3 television network executives testify before President Cmnsn. on Violence.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(DC) Todays theme: television makes much money, spends little of it studying effects of programs, specifically, violence and youth. Network execs. testimony summarized. ABC's Leonard Goldenson quoted. Commission staff report says violence on television increases on ABC-TV. NBC's Julian Goodman quoted re: studies of television and violence. CBS's Frank Stanton quoted with regard to his unawareness of meaningful research with regard to television and violence. [Hale BOGGS and Frank STANTON - exchange questions and answers with regard to television advertising, Nixon campaign advertising, Humphrey campaign advertising.] [BOGGS - asks why TV effective for ads, and not with regard to sadism, etc. Finds Stanton answer astonishing.] [STANTON - will have to let record stand. Remarks continue.] Stanton denies CBS staged event during 1968 Democratic Convention Senator Philip Hart proposes non-government citizen group to conduct surveillance tests of man media. Networks execs. reserve comment; believe study must be kept away from television news. NBC's Julian Goodman speaks of sanctity of news programs. [GOODMAN - speaks of newsman's responsibility.] Goodman says people blame the medium for the message. Commission to review testimony.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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