Speech On The Broadcasting Industry

1360 WordsMar 15, 20176 Pages
Address to the Broadcasting Industry As television channels in the 1960’s continued to display numerous violence, American comedy, and offensive commercials, television programming offered scanty, enjoyable shows for the general audience. Newton Minow, the Federal Communications Chairman (FCC) from 1961 to 1963, argued for a better quality of television in his “Address to the Broadcasting Industry” to over 2,000 members of the National Association of Broadcasters. As a result, it generated a national debate about the quality of television programming. Throughout his speech, Minow argues for better television programming since other means of communication offer better content, children are exposed to only violence and cartoons, and the…show more content…
Some people may argue a book is less entertaining and interesting than a television show in the 1960’s. However, the television shows broadcasted are solely focused to entertaining the general audience after work, chores, or school by employing monotonous programming. If a person who solely watches television for an entire day, they evidently become tedious. Also, the television shows lack diverse plots, themes, characters, originality, and other aspects unlike a book or a newspaper. Therefore, numerous television companies decided to display new content such as news shows, movies, drama series, horror shows, documentaries, music shows, and shows based on true stories. An example is HBO’s Band of Brothers, a miniseries about the story of a company of soldiers in WWII from their initial training to the end of the war. During the war, the soldiers experience D-Day, participate in numerous battles, liberate a Nazi concentration camp, and enter Hitler’s mountain retreat located in Berchtesgaden, Germany. This tale of comradeship displays how ordinary, American men accomplished the extraordinary and end a gruesome and unjustified war. As a result from Newton’s proposal for better television programming, numerous shows and series like Band of Brothers offer an entertaining, unique, and worthy alternative to other forms of communication. Another reason Minow argues for better television

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