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Campaign 1976 / Debates / Coverage / Lawsuits #490042

NBC Evening News for Friday, Sep 17, 1976
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(Studio) television networks and League of Women Voters at odds over coverage of president debates to begin next Thursday Issue is that networks want to cover event, not be made part of it.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Details of controversy noted. 1st debate will be at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theater. Objections by networks to league rules cited. NBC News President Richard Wald says controversy only discussion of details for covering major news event. CBS News President Richard Salant says he'll recommend that any CBS News correspondents decline if invited to participate in debate panel. ABC, which will provide cameras for all other television outlets, objects to league rule against any shots of audience except before and after debate itself. Spokesperson for both candidates say they feel debates will go on and will be televised.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(Studio) Federal judge in Washington, DC says debates can go on without candidates other than President Ford and Jimmy Carter. Turns down appeals by independent candidate Eugene McCarthy, and American party candidate; both wanted to be included in debates.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Only candidate in ctroom. is American party's Tom Anderson. Ctroom. proceedings noted. Judge Aubrey Robinson declines to interfere. Anderson says he's not fringe candidate. [ANDERSON - says American party is only organized, conservative 3rd party in cntry.] Not all complainants' cases in court; candidate Lester Maddox took case to FCC; if he loses, he'll probably join others in taking case to Court of Appeals next week
REPORTER: Carl Stern Artist: Betty Wells

Chancellor, John;
Pettit, Tom;
Stern, Carl

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