Ms. Kidvid Calls It Quits

Activist Peggy Charren disbands her group, saying its job is done. But is children's TV really any better?

Few people in any field have demonstrated the power of a single impassioned voice as well as Peggy Charren. As head of Action for Children's Television, the activist group she founded 23 years ago in the living room of her suburban Boston home, Charren has been a tireless fighter for better children's TV. Because of her efforts, commercials aimed at kids are less manipulative than they once were; the hosts of children's shows, for example, can no longer hawk products to gullible young viewers. Even when she failed to bring about change, her constant, nagging presence -- and a knack for...

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