TV Abroad: Mike Fright

The last of France's spring strikes—that of the state-owned television industry—ended last week, or so Prime Minister Couve de Murville proclaimed to the National Assembly. But the 14 million Frenchmen who own TV sets could not really tell for sure. Paris' Huntley and Brinkley—Pierre Dumayet and Pierre Desgraupes—as well as all of the other news regulars, remained off the air. Filling in for the eighth straight week were sketchy, scab-produced newscasts and a veritable festival of test patterns, canned variety shows and film antiques.

The official government euphemism was that programming was...

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