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Television and America's Children: A Crisis of Neglect
     

Television and America's Children: A Crisis of Neglect

by Edward L. Palmer
 

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Since the demise of Captain Kangaroo in the early eighties, the three major commercial networks have offered no regularly scheduled weekday programming for children, and American Public TV, with its chronic lack of funds, produces only about a sixth the volume of new children's programs each year as Britain's BBC or Japan's NHK.
Yet, as Edward Palmer reveals in

Overview

Since the demise of Captain Kangaroo in the early eighties, the three major commercial networks have offered no regularly scheduled weekday programming for children, and American Public TV, with its chronic lack of funds, produces only about a sixth the volume of new children's programs each year as Britain's BBC or Japan's NHK.
Yet, as Edward Palmer reveals in this illuminating volume, America could easily have the finest children's television in the world, for less than one cent per day for each of the nation's forty-two million children. One of the founders of the Children's Television Workshop pioneered twenty years ago, Palmer explores the reasons behind the deplorable state of U.S. children's television and lays a large part of the blame on commercial TV, whose policy is not to serve the public, but to sell viewers to advertisers. Television and America's Children offers specific remedies for this American crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195055405
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/01/1988
Series:
Communication and Society Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.92(d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Edward L. Palmer is an independent consultant for educational and health-related television programs. He is a former Vice President for Research at the Children's Television Workshop.

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