Radio: The Busy Air, Mar. 5, 1956

¶ After watching too many movies on TV, RCA Chairman David Sarnoff warned that "the true function of television will have failed if the film programming snowballs so as to become the dominant appeal." In an interview published by the trade paper Variety, Sarnoff holds out little hope that TVmen can save themselves from the movie blight. "Fortunately," he adds, "we have the public and advertisers to decide this for us . . . They may agree with us, or the movies-on-TV networks will take over."

¶ Jackie Gleason, who has recently been bested by Perry Como in the ratings, last week...