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Gilbert Seldes discusses the TV show "The $64,000 Question" and the censoring of TV shows.
Seldes describes a panel discussion he had recently taken part of arranged by the Canadian Broadcasting Company to discuss whether the show "The $64,000 Question" should be banned from the air. Among the panelists was a minister who felt the program should be banned because it was gambling and encouraged the idea of "getting something for nothing;" a newspaper columnist who claimed that the show wasn't simply a gamble, but that participants earned their winnings; and a TV Executive who claimed that the show made people think and was very popular among viewers.
Though Seldes does not agree with all aspects of the show he does not approve of it's censorship. He speaks generally about panel shows and some of the redemptive qualities of this type of show. He also speaks with regret of the cancellation of Edward R. Murrow's "See It Now" - saying it is a shame that such a show will not be seen by the large audience that currently tunes in to the $64,000 Question.
Seldes then moves on to speak generally about comic books that children are exposed to. He speaks also of the prospect of pay television.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 8360
Municipal archives id: LT6370