Television: Under the Spreading FCC

During a recent tour to raise funds for the Israeli government, the speaker offered a free box of candy or cigars to anyone in his audiences who had ever had a phone call from a TV rating service. "I took a gamble," said Comedian George Jessel, "but no one came forward."

This testimonial to the absurdity of TV ratings was given at a special FCC hearing in Manhattan. The commission was collecting the views of "a number of persons who are actively engaged in the creation, production, writing, casting, sale and licensing...

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