Pre-Empting Riots

Before a National Association of Broadcasters meeting in Chicago last week, the Federal Communications Commission's Nicholas Johnson exhorted the industry to help "close the understanding gap" that divides white and black Americans. "Broadcasting," he said, "must take the lead in that effort." Johnson quoted a recent study reporting that nearly two-thirds of ghetto homes had TV sets and 100% had radios, while only 14% read newspapers.

As for the other half of the dialogue, he chided the industry for its discrimination—Negroes, he said, hold 10.8% of all jobs in the...

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