Useful experiment

November 1972
Columbia Journalism Review;Nov/Dec1972, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p3
This article comments on an experimental public television of the coverage of the Republican National Convention in the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) should be commended for a complete transmission of the proceedings of the convention, although it failed to attract a large audience. The presentation was accompanied by periodical voice-over narration and interrupted by commentary only at pauses in the official business. Newsmen criticized this procedure as being non-journalism. This was true in the sense that journalists did not select or process the raw materials, Rather, the coverage was an alternate service of a type that has been discussed and not tested. However, the PBS presentation was supported by John J. O'Connor, television critic of the New York "Times" magazine. He said that the presentation was more effective than productions being mounted by both commercial and public television.


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