TV broadcast industry Essay

This was my first experience searching databases. Once again, I was overwhelmed with the onslaught of information I found on my topic. Searching databases definitely seemed faster and more efficient than searching for information online using search engines.

For the purpose of this assignment, as you know, I will be interviewing two subjects I believe will be helpful in my quest for information. Josh Bond, Station Manager and Program Director for KXAN (NBC), and Tara Lantz, mother and Program Supervisor, of her three-year-old son named Brett. I believe these subjects to be credible, and capable of providing valuable input. The following are possible questions I plan to ask Josh Bond:

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1.) What is your station policy on programs with violent content?

2.) What are your constraints as far as FCC regulations are concerned?

3.) What are the penalties for noncompliance of the regulations?

4.) Do violent programs have to be aired after a certain time of day?

5.) How much, if at all, do you believe these regulations and guidelines will change in the future?

I plan to ask Tara Lantz the following questions:

1.) Do you believe violence on television affects child behavior?

2.) Do you monitor what programs Brett watches?

3.) At what age do you plan to stop monitoring what he watches?

I m still working on a couple more for Tara.

Using Infotrac, Expanded Academic, I found an article titled Gore blames TV for school violence. This article appeared in Variety, June 1, 1998 v371 n4 p24. I also found a speech by President Clinton in which he announced efforts by the government and the entertainment industry to find new ways to reduce the exposure of children to graphic and gratuitous violence in cinema, TV, and video games. He noted a nationwide initiative by parents, teachers, and community leaders to form a grassroots campaign against violence directed at children, to increase adult involvement in children s lives, and to help troubled young people to prevent potential acts of violence. This speech also came from Infotrac.

Lesis-Nexis Academic scored me several valuable surveys and poll results. A survey conducted by the Center for Research and Analysis, University of CT, asked 1,015 adults how much, if at all, did they think violence on television contributes to violence in real life. This survey was conducted by telephone from April 3, to August 26, 2000. Results are as follows:

A great deal – 44%.

Somewhat – 39%

Not very much – 11%

Not at all – 5%

Don t know/Refused – 1%

Another telephone survey conducted by the Princeton Survey Research Associates, back in 1996, asked 1,500 participants who they thought should be responsible for developing ratings for sex and violence on TV programs, the cable and TV broadcast industry or the federal government. These results are as follows:

Cable and broadcast industry – 51%

Federal government – 33%

Neither – 13%

Don t know/Refused – 3%

I found numerous surveys and a tremendous amount of articles and studies by credible organizations on my topic. This should give you a good idea of what I ve been finding.