[Discussion of commercial TV and movies]
Sunday, September 11, 1955
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Seldes discusses the advent of commercial British television broadcasting. Seldes wonders if this will change how we consider our own broadcasting.
Non-commercial British television will be adding 15 more programs per week in the light of commercial broadcasting debuting.
He goes on to discuss television production by the large studios. All five will appeal to the same area of interest and emotion.
Seldes then talks about how using popular stars to sell magazines ends up making the star more popular. He compares intellectual magazines to fan magazines. Seldes believes our stars lack standards, they should have set "prices" for the use of their images on magazines. In the days of vaudeville Vanity Fair was able to bring together the popular and the sophisticated.
Seldes mentions author Herman Wouk, who he views as almost plagiarizing Arthur Kober. Seldes has considerable disdain for Wouk.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 70340
Municipal archives id: LT6345