How did CJ Kettler botch the Promethean deal?

April 15, 2014
How did CJ Kettler botch the Promethean deal?

  From Jim Metrock:  It was never meant to be: Channel One News and Promethean, Ltd.  These two troubled companies became partners in the summer of 2011.  The partnership didn’t make any sense for Promethean the maker of classroom whiteboards.  It did make sense for Channel One.  Teaming with a well known company like...
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Teacher questions Channel One’s correction.

April 2, 2014
Teacher questions Channel One’s correction.

http://www.obligation.org/2014-03-26-channel-one-news-tells-children-civilization-may-end-in-your-lifetime http://www.obligation.org/2014-03-31-channel-one-news-makes-correction From Jim Metrock:  A teacher wrote me and raised a good point about Channel One’s correction of a botched up news story. Channel One’s  original report said a NASA study predicted civilization’s end could happen within 15-20 years.  Channel One was right to think this was a big story because of the...
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Channel One News makes correction.

March 31, 2014
Channel One News makes correction.

    From Jim Metrock: 1.  On March 18, Channel One News told schoolchildren: Next up, a new study by NASA finds that civilization could be headed for a collapse in our lifetime. The study by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center looked at other empires and civilizations in history and found a pattern to...
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The way it used to be.

March 27, 2014
The way it used to be.

   
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Channel One News tells children: Civilization may end in your lifetime.

March 26, 2014
Channel One News tells children: Civilization may end in your lifetime.

          From Jim Metrock: Why would Channel One News tell students that civilization may be coming to an end during their lifetime?   Only Ms. CJ Ketter could answer that.   I have written Ms. Kettler asking her to at least correct the Channel One story as reported on March...
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I made a mistake.

March 20, 2014
I made a mistake.

From Jim Metrock: How could I have forgotten the unforgettable Jim Steyer. Of all the people I have crossed paths with in the battle against commercialism in classrooms, I rank Jim Steyer near the bottom.  There is good reason to do so. The other day I wrote an article about the “education” panel session...
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Starkville, MS schools are no longer honoring the Channel One News contract

March 19, 2014
Starkville, MS schools are no longer honoring the Channel One News contract

 From Jim Metrock:  I contacted two people at the Starkville School District in Starkville, MS and found they are no longer honoring the viewing requirements of Channel One’s contract.  I hope my letter to the editor in 2012 had some part to play in this. Voice of the people June 18, 2012 Channel One ...
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“Ms. Kettler, how many more months can Channel One survive?”

March 17, 2014
“Ms. Kettler, how many more months can Channel One survive?”

 See the March 20 article I Made a Mistake for a correction to this March 17 article. From Jim Metrock: It is good to see Channel One’s CEO getting out and about.  The public doesn’t see Ms. CJ Kettler much, and you don’t see much of her even in this Channel One picture.  I’m having...
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Channel One News is looking for a self-starter who can sell stuff to children during their class time.

March 14, 2014
Channel One News is looking for a self-starter who can sell stuff to children during their class time.


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Too clever by half.

March 13, 2014
Too clever by half.

  From Jim Metrock: Channel One News is a shell of its former self in part because of a history of bad decisions by their management.  Here’s a big one. I came across this old email to a staffer at Senator Richard Shelby’s office.  In 2004, the Senator’s office helped me get in front...
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From the archives: The things Channel One News did when it had money.

March 11, 2014
From the archives: The things Channel One News did when it had money.

  From Jim Metrock: Back in 2006 the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance released a minority report on the Investigation of Jack Abramoff’s Use of Tax-Exempt Organizations. The report painted an ugly picture of Channel One’s efforts through “Casino” Jack Abramoff and other to misuse various tax-exempt organizations to “bash” people and organizations critical...
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Alabama public officials once again trade on their public office

March 6, 2014
Alabama public officials once again trade on their public office

  From Jim Metrock: Alabama public servants once again used their public office for personal gain. Below is a link to see the list of those who were granted special access to Auburn football tickets.  Every other Alabamian has to donate money to Auburn’s athletic department just to get an opportunity buy season tickets...
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Nordstrom commercials playing in classrooms.

March 5, 2014
Nordstrom commercials playing in classrooms.

  From Jim Metrock:  This surprises me. Nordstrom department store is advertising on Channel One News.  I have never seen them advertise before.   Nordstrom should know better than to waste valuable school time promoting their company in any way.   Time to convince Blake Nordstrom, Nordstrom’s CEO, to have his ad agency drop...
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Channel One News: The company that brought junk food advertising into American classrooms

March 1, 2014
Channel One News: The company that brought junk food advertising into American classrooms

    From Jim Metrock:  Channel One News has a long history of advertising junk food in American classrooms.  The company knew their ads were contributing in a very significant way to the growing obesity crisis among young people, but they kept pitching the junk to kids.   Obligation and others helped put pressure...
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A Channel One press release. The more your read, the less there is.

February 24, 2014
A Channel One press release. The more your read, the less there is.

From Jim Metrock:  Above is a press release from Channel One. No company is better at making a little thing sound like a big thing. Below I have copied the press release word for word. To make it more readable I broke the content up as if it was going to be read on...
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“My chances of obtaining a legitimate news job after working at Channel One are this big.”

February 23, 2014
“My chances of obtaining a legitimate news job after working at Channel One are this big.”

From Jim Metrock: Channel One News uses classroom time to ask students to give various pictures a funny caption.  It’s a total waste of taxpayer-funded school time, but Channel One couldn’t care less.  This was a recent picture.  This is Maggie Rulli a reporter for the show.   My caption unfortunately is more serious...
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Is interest waning in Channelone.com?

February 21, 2014
Is interest waning in Channelone.com?


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CJ Kettler slams kids with more junk food ads.

February 20, 2014
CJ Kettler slams kids with more junk food ads.

From Jim Metrock:  Ms. CJ Kettler is making it hard for anyone, especially teachers, to defend her, much less like her.  The few teachers who have tried to support Channel One’s commercial presence in classrooms, have to be throwing up their hands and shaking their heads when they see what Ms. Kettler is doing....
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Bless their hearts.

February 17, 2014
Bless their hearts.

    From Jim Metrock: I have written before about the laziness of Channel One reporters:  Dec. 18, 2003 - The Lazy News Network,  Apr. 8, 2007 - Laziest Journalist in America?,  May 5, 2008 – The Lazy News Channel . How lazy are the reporters at Channel One News? This company brags about being young...
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Channel One’s annual revenue once $70 million, may now be $10.8.

February 14, 2014
Channel One’s annual revenue once $70 million, may now be $10.8.

  From Jim Metrock: There has to be a lot of crying going on at Channel One if the figure I saw for their annual revenue is anywhere near correct. There isn’t much known about Channel One’s finances since 2007 when the company was bought by Alloy Media and Marketing. Before that year Channel...
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From the archives: Channel One CEO makes over $1.7 million in compensation

February 13, 2014
From the archives: Channel One CEO makes over $1.7 million in compensation

  From Jim Metrock: I am reposting this 2005 article to salute all those parents, teachers, school administrators, and school board members who helped to end Channel One’s commercial assault on young people. A decade ago, Channel One paid its CEO a total of $1.7 million for the fiscal year 2004.  They could do...
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Andrew Knopf takes sales talents to Six Flags.

February 10, 2014
Andrew Knopf takes sales talents to Six Flags.

   From Jim Metrock:  I am trying to figure out who is still employed at Channel One.  I made a request of Channel One’s CEO CJ Kettler and she never responded. She is what you would call a “non-responsive” chief executive officer.  Channel One Director of Communications Ms. Alex Honeysett wrote me back only...
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