“many parents were outraged”

September 17, 2014
“many parents were outraged”

  Should schools be responsible for introducing news to children? http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2014/09/16/39365/should-schools-be-responsible-for-introducing-news/#comments  
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VIDEO: Houghton Mifflin brings execution horror into classrooms

September 2, 2014
VIDEO: Houghton Mifflin brings execution horror into classrooms


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SHOCKER: Houghton Mifflin brings images of ISIS execution into classrooms.

August 21, 2014
SHOCKER: Houghton Mifflin brings images of ISIS execution into classrooms.

Houghton Mifflin’s Channel One News intentionally shows students executioner holding knife before beheading. Why show any pictures of this brutal act of terrorism? Is Houghton Mifflin CEO Linda Zecher pushing Channel One to get edgier with kids?   From Jim Metrock: The good news is Channel One News did not use the word “beheading” in...
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Kocinski, Hanson, Evans, and Rulli

August 17, 2014
Kocinski, Hanson, Evans, and Rulli

From Jim Metrock: Kocinski, Hanson, Evans, and Rulli Sounds like a law firm.  Unfortunately, these young people didn’t choose the law for a career.  They chose instead to earn a paycheck by commercially exploiting schoolchildren. These are the remaining reporters for Houghton Mifflin’s  Channel One News.  Shelby Holliday as I reported before left Channel...
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Channel One acquisition “not considered to be material”

August 14, 2014
Channel One acquisition “not considered to be material”

    HMH quarterly earnings conference call:  Progress made coming out of bankruptcy. Channel One News not mentioned by HMH CEO Linda Zecher. Channel One and other acquisitions will have “no impact” on company in short term. Total cash paid out for three companies, including Channel One: $9.5 million. (Channel One was sold for $240...
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Channel One News is a no-show as school begins across nation.

August 8, 2014
Channel One News is a no-show as school begins across nation.

  From Jim Metrock: It’s Friday, August 8, 2014 and Channel One News hasn’t shown up for class.  It is not surprising. For the last several years, Channel One has started the program later at the beginning of school, and have ended their broadcast season earlier in an attempt to cut expenses. Many schools...
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Remaining Channel One schools watch show online, if at all.

August 7, 2014
Remaining Channel One schools watch show online, if at all.

From Jim Metrock: In the “good old days” Channel One News could make money by selling ads on its in-classroom TV show.  Channel One loaned schools the TV sets to watch and could threaten to remove them if students didn’t watch the show and its commercials.  That threat was the main reason schools allowed Channel One...
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VP of Sales leaves Channel One News

August 6, 2014
VP of Sales leaves Channel One News

From Jim Metrock:  It’s tough to sell advertisers on a TV show with a rapidly disappearing audience. Channel One is still indicating Ms. Jordan is their VP of Sales, but the truth is she has left the company and is now employed by Townsquare Media. It is almost impossible to believe anything that Channel One says about...
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Shelby Holliday leaves Channel One News.

August 5, 2014
Shelby Holliday leaves Channel One News.

  From Jim Metrock: Shelby Holliday wised up and left Channel One News for a job at Bloomberg TV.  Former Channel One executive producer Jim Morris works at Bloomberg and probably had a hand in connecting with Ms. Holliday. Although Ms. Holliday helped commercially exploit millions of schoolchildren since 2010, and she should rightfully feel...
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From the archives: A Channelone.com sex advice column.

August 1, 2014
From the archives: A Channelone.com sex advice column.

    From Jim Metrock: Channel One News has a long history of bad decision making. At one time Channel One believed it was a good idea to give sex advice to kids.  A young woman named Peggy Li was hired by Channel One around 1997 and evidently they gave her total freedom to do whatever...
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Houghton Mifflin/Channel One’s hazardous waste problem

July 28, 2014
Houghton Mifflin/Channel One’s hazardous waste problem

        Required reading for Houghton Mifflin’s CEO Linda Zecher and SVP CJ Kettler. http://adem.alabama.gov/programs/land/landforms/CRTInd.pdf   From Jim Metrock:  Channel One thought that they could quickly and painlessly remove millions of dollars of equipment disposal fees from their balance sheet (before they were acquired by Houghton Mifflin)  by dumping the disposal costs...
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Channel One’s current contract

July 21, 2014
Channel One’s current contract

  From Jim Metrock:  This is the current Channel One contract with schools as of July 21, 2014:   Network Participation Agreement General Terms This Network Participation Agreement (this “Agreement”) sets forth the terms and conditions pursuant to which the subject school (the “School”) is entitled to participate in the Educational Network (the “Network”)...
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Trying to interact with Channel One News

July 20, 2014
Trying to interact with Channel One News

From Jim Metrock: The lazy, crazy days of summer have taken their toll on Channel One News.  The company has a section of its Channelone.com website called “Interact.”   The section sounds more engaging than it really is. Most of the content consists of simple multiple-choice quizzes or slideshows.   Below is a screen shot of Channel One’s...
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Channel One gets lazy with summer Weekly News Roundups

July 19, 2014
Channel One gets lazy with summer Weekly News Roundups

        From Jim Metrock:   During the summer months Channel One News doesn’t film any newscasts.  Why don’t they do their news program on their website for young people who look to Channel One News to keep them informed about the world?  Doesn’t Channel One News seek to “encourage students to...
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The end of the line for Channel One News.

July 8, 2014
The end of the line for Channel One News.

A peek behind the curtain reveals Channel One News is shooting blanks.  Subscription curriculum product is DOA.  Few will pay for this amateurish effort.        
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End of the line.

July 1, 2014
End of the line.


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Flocab drops Channel One News

July 1, 2014
Flocab drops Channel One News

From Jim Metrock:  The hip hop education publisher Flocabulary has ended their relationship with Channel One News according to a spokesperson for Flocabulary.   Channel One News featured Flocab’s Week in Rap every Friday.  This helped Channel One fill up its Friday show with content it did not have to create.   When it...
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What do English teachers think of Houghton Mifflin’s Channel One TV show?

June 25, 2014
What do English teachers think of Houghton Mifflin’s Channel One TV show?

     Houghton Mifflin’s quest to enter classroom advertising business will draw ire of teachers. 1992 Resolution still NTCE’s position.    From Jim Metrock:  Early on, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) passed this resolution opposing Channel One.   This position statement is as strong as it gets.  The NCTE urges teachers...
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What will Houghton Mifflin/Channel One do about parents?

June 24, 2014
What will Houghton Mifflin/Channel One do about parents?

  From Jim Metrock:   Parents have always been a problem for Channel One.  Now that problem is Houghton Mifflin’s problem.   Channel One is a company that brings TV commercials into American classrooms.  That’s why the company was created; that’s why the company exists today.   When Channel One aired commercials for movies and...
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Congratulations to Channel One News.

June 20, 2014
Congratulations to Channel One News.

From Jim Metrock: It’s June 2014 and I congratulate Channel One for winning four! Telly Awards. The article below was published on June 22, 2012., yet it is still timely.         Channel One Wins Five!! Telly Awards From Jim Metrock: When Channel One News does something right, I have to congratulate...
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Houghton Mifflin’s Linda Zecher becomes new Queen of Classroom Junk Food Ads

June 18, 2014
Houghton Mifflin’s Linda Zecher becomes new Queen of Classroom Junk Food Ads

From Jim Metrock: Since May 13 Channel One News has been under the control of Linda Zecher the CEO of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  The arrangement for Channel One’s CJ Kettler to report directly to Ms. Zecher shows the closeness Zecher is to decision making at Channel One. When Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquired Channel One,...
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Would you like a high sugar junk drink with that movie?

June 17, 2014
Would you like a high sugar junk drink with that movie?

Houghton Mifflin OKs junk food and movie ads for middle school students. From Jim Metrock: Think Channel One would improve under their new owner Houghton Mifflin?  It is still too early to make a firm judgment about the new Houghton Mifflin/Channel One entity, but it’s not looking good. Check out this clip from the May...
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