NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 12, 1971
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(Studio) NBC President Julian Goodman appears before Senator Sam. J. Ervin, Junior's, subcommittee on press freedom; says Federal Communications Commission Fairness Doctrine could be threat to freedom of broadcast journalism.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) [GOODMAN - says doctrine always used after complaint by special interest group that uses media to air its propaganda; means government will determine information to be put over air as requested by special interest groups; hopes Federal Communications Commission will not make government final editor.] Ex-CBS news executive Fred Friendly, fears networks' own policies. [Columbia Journalism Prof. FRIENDLY - fears corporation concern for $s. News organization capable of better journalism than gets on air. Censor is airtime costs.]
REPORTER: Paul Duke