[Commercial television in Britain]
Thursday, August 06, 1953
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Seldes begins with ways of measuring influence. A previous comment about women weathercasters. She seemed to be ignorant of the weather terminology; perhaps there should be one area of television that should be left without showmanship. A burlesque of the weathercaster on television the next day. This is not an example of his influence, but he'd like to think so.
Reverse criticism in England. Commercial television is competition against the BBC. Reads a commentary by someone working for the BBC (Mr. Muggeridge?). There isn't as much variety in political commentators as we would like. Many stations and sponsors would increase the number of view points for audiences. Just because a program is sponsored, it doesn't mean the content is influenced.
Review of My Fair Lady. A presentation on the television included many edits (chopped up just to be a filler). Is this downgrading inevitable?
Agony, incorporated. Programs which capitalize on human misery. Give-aways. Children on quiz shows, children exploited by being forced to relay adult jokes.
John Huston is becoming the most written about director.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71536
Municipal archives id: LT3613