Television: The Boredom Factor

Television took a drubbing last week from one of its dearest friends: a TV adman. John P. Cunningham, head of Cunningham & Walsh, Inc., whose clients will funnel $20.8 million into TV this year, told 700 admen in Atlantic City that today's "pallid programing" is fast robbing even the best commercials of their power. Said he: "People will watch programs that bore them, but they tend to tune out their minds, which is bad for advertising."

Tedium seemed to be growing so fast in TV that Cunningham's outfit tried to measure "the Boredom Factor"...

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