Television: Wasteland Revisited

One year after he told the National Association of Broadcasters that they were the overlords of a "vast wasteland," FCC Chairman Newton Minow stood before the same group in Chicago last week. "My speech last year ran about 6,000 words," he said. "Only two of those words seem to have survived. All of you know the two words I mean—public interest" The broadcasters chuckled manfully.

Minow could justifiably take credit that his campaign against shoddy, dollar-grubbing television programming had forced the TV industry to think a little more about its responsibility to...

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