Public TV: Extra

Adversity sometimes rewards its victims. For seven weeks, San Francisco's two major daily newspapers were shut down by a strike. There was a good chance that the dispute would be settled this week. Meanwhile, TV had undertaken a successful rescue program that promises to become a minor trend. During the newspaper blackout, KQED's public TV channel went on the air with a nightly one-hour Newspaper of the Air. And it was just that: a "city room" peopled with staffers from the striking papers who made up their feature and news "pages" before the camera.

While one...

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