Press: Bad Show

The FCC's Fowler vs. TV news

As television critics go, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Mark Fowler has always been a booster. In his role as the Reagan Administration's point man for broadcasting deregulation, Fowler has argued for three years that unleashing the industry was the surest way to guarantee quality in programming. Thus there were gasps in the audience when Fowler mounted the podium last week at the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention in Las Vegas and let fly with some sharp rebukes for TV newscasters. "Too often, broadcast journalists are obsessed with getting it first, with confrontation, not coverage," said...

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