NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jul 16, 1978
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(Studio) Boycotts by National Federal for Decency (NFD) of television program sponsors associated with programs NFD considers objectionable due to sex and violence noted. Effect of NFD protest against Sears noted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch
(No location given) NFD's protest against Ford Motors detailed. Background of NFD given; it's led by Methodist minister, Reverend Donald Wildmon, of Tupelo, Mississippi. [WILDMON - describes beginning of organization] Effect of NFD protests given; Sears' halt in sponsorship of "Charlie's Angels" noted. NFD's attempts to pressure Ford Motors into dropping sponsorship of show involving teenager named James outlined; requests for letters to Henry Ford II stated. [WILDMON - says public's influence in television is with those who pay for TV programs.] Ford Motor's response reported; company film shown. [Mkting. Vice President Arthur CONNORS - says what program company advertises on has no effect on programming as long as people watch it.]
REPORTER: Jim Upshaw