Television: The Impromptu Network

The TV networks decided last week that soap operas and quiz shows were more important than any live broadcast of Teamster Boss Dave Beck's second big appearance before Senate investigators. Not content with the decision, a dozen stations across the U.S. had the enterprise to form an impromptu network of their own so that one of the year's best running news stories could be heard and seen as it was happening.

ABC's Washington affiliate, WMAL, first asked network officials if there was any interest in televising the hearings. Not enough to justify the cost, said ABC. It was the same argument with...

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