Senator William Benton : How Can the Public Interests Best Be Served Through Television?

Monday, May 14, 1951

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Message from the Senator to "Mr. Chairman and my friends in educational broadcasting" over a loud speaker (?). "Today you can be one of the most important groups in the United States except for those who are responsible for the formulation of our foreign policy, I don't know any group which could have a greater impact on our country's future [than educational broadcasters]." Includes contemporary statistics on the use of television: "TV receivers up from 7,000 on V-J Day, to over 11 million today; that total likely to be doubled in the next five years," etc. His own "television revelation." Call for a senate study of the role the federal government ought to play in this "explosive new instrument."

How can the public's best interest be served? Allocations for 209 educational channels.

Television isn't just a cousin of radio; it is a new species.

Subscription radio and television? An alternative to exclusive reliance on advertising.

Role of the FCC?

Concludes with a few seconds of an unidentified speaker discussing the same topic.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69644
Municipal archives id: LT532


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