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Special Segment (Paying For PBS) #518240

NBC Evening News for Friday, Jul 03, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(NYC) PBS innovator William McCarter of WTTW in Chicago, developer of "The Paper Chase" concept, said now considering adding commercials to public TV. Scenes from "The Paper Chase" shown. [McCARTER - explains position.] Commercial idea explained. [PBS director Lawrence GROSSMAN - objects to idea of commercials.] Grossman s proposal of pay television discussed; criticism of idea outlined. [GROSSMAN - defs. concept.] [WNET spokesperson Jay ISELIN - expresses concern with regard to current PBS focus.] Criticism of PBS at present outlined; scenes from "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"; "Contact"; and "Danger UXB" shown as exs. ["Chicago Sun-Times" spokesperson Gary DEEB - notes safety of PBS programming.] Question of PBS' future direction considered.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson

Chancellor, John;
Jamieson, Bob

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