Channel One Successfully Delivers Children To “Dawson’s Creek” And WB Network

October 14, 1998

  The ratings are in and Channel One has something to brag about to future potential advertisers. They teamed up with the WB Network to help sponsor a contest that would assure a big child audience for the sex-saturated series “Dawson’s Creek.” Channel One ran ads urging children to see the season premiere entitled “The Morning After”. According to Electronic...
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Alabama Schools Urge Students to See Latest Eddie Murphy Movie; Channel One Ad For Movie Literally “Distasteful”

October 14, 1998
Alabama Schools Urge Students to See Latest Eddie Murphy Movie; Channel One Ad For Movie Literally “Distasteful”

      Channel One advertised Eddie Murphy’s latest movie called “Holy Man.” Like many of Murphy’s movies he pushes the limits of good taste. This school-endorsed movie has plenty of problems. One reviewer had this to say about Channel One’s latest “Movie of the Week”: “And despite its PG rating, “Holy Man” features what has become Murphy’s trademark of...
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Channel One Promotes the Sexually Charged “Dawson’s Creek” To Schoolchildren

October 5, 1998

“Channel One is spitting into the face of parents and children. On “Dawson’s Creek”, last spring, a 15-year-old character on the show had sex with his teacher. The content of the show is saturated with sex talk. This is the creation of the director of the vulgar and obscenely-violent ‘Scream’ movies,” said Jim Metrock,...
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Dawson’s Creek

October 5, 1998
Dawson’s Creek

Channel One Pushes Sexually-Charged Show on Children Channel One and Dawson’s Creek What was Channel One thinking about when they ran seven ads, in September, for “Dawson’s Creek” to children as young as 11? Channel One even put the full authority of their “special relationship” with our kids behind a contest that encouraged children to watch the premiere episode (rated...
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Channel One Hires Lobbyist Group To Save Alabama Cash Flow

September 25, 1998

Paul Folkemer, Channel One’s newly-hired education VP, was nowhere to be seen at the Alabama Board of Education work session. The man that was so embarrassed that Shelby County, AL school board members knew more about his company than he did, had other pressing engagements than talking to the Alabama board of education. Channel One was one of the main...
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Jefferson County’s Answer to Channel One Problem: Breach the Contract

September 25, 1998

Birmingham, AL – Jefferson County is allowing Channel One back into their classrooms but in doing so is violating their contract with the controversial company. Jim Metrock is president of Obligation, Inc., a child-advocacy group.that opposes Channel One’s controversial program in public school classrooms. He said, "Dr. Bruce Wright is not...
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Joke’s On Us – Channel One’s Welcomes Back Web Advertising, Message Boards and Chat Room

September 25, 1998

It didn’t last long. It couldn’t. Channel One’s mission is to get the attention of kids, so they can then sell it for big bucks, and they need to have message boards and chat rooms on their web site or kids won’t be attracted. Channel One’s education VP, Paul Folkemer, expressed outrage to the Shelby County board of education...
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Shelby County Terminates Channel One Contract After Eight Years

September 17, 1998

It wasn’t close. Every high school principal and assistant principal signed on to a resolution urging the removal of Channel One from their schools. The Shelby County Reporter editorially called for the unplugging of this advertising ploy. Superintendent Evan Major recommended the immediate termination of Channel One. The board voted 3-1 to pull the...
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Blount County (AL) Public Schools To End Channel One

September 16, 1998

Superintendent Donnie Breaseale called Obligation, Inc. and said he inherited the Channel One contract and that several schools have already discontinued showing the program. When he was a principal, Mr. Breaseale did not allow Channel One into his school. Now as superintendent, he is overseeing the structured removal of Channel One from the system. “Our state is enriched by the...
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PRIMEDIA

September 11, 1998

[From Obligation – Channel One is targeting our children again. This time they are going to have principals hand out samples of advertisers’ products during school time. Obligation has not heard of "Channel One Cover Concepts Marketing Services" but it appears to have the same purpose as Channel One News. This outrageous abuse of...
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Channel One Brings Back Message Boards To Controversial Web Site

September 11, 1998

Channel One had removed several features from their controversial web site after a Channel One executive was lectured by the Shelby County board of education on September 1 (see below). They removed the "Entertainment" and "Life" sections that often contained age inappropriate material for children, especially pre-teens (such as reviews of R-rated movies and...
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Channel One Update From Jim Metrock

September 10, 1998

  The past few weeks we have gotten behind in updating our web page. Events have been happening very fast and I will try to fill in the gaps.   Basically, our Channel One project is succeeding beyond our expectations. Channel One is “on the ropes” in Alabama. They might rally and reestablish themselves...
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Press Release -Local Group Applauds Shelby County Secondary Principals Stand on Channel One

September 10, 1998

(Birmingham, AL) High school principals and assistant principals in Shelby County have come out against the controversial in-school TV show called Channel One. In a letter to Shelby County Superintendent of Education, Evan Major, the Shelby County Secondary Principals Association conveyed their position. From the letter: “In a unanimous decision, the Secondary Principals Association supports the following proposal: ALL HIGH...
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Channel One Temporarily Halts Dangerous Chat Rooms For Kids

September 3, 1998

After two years of putting their own interests ahead of the welfare of children, Channel One has finally halted their chat rooms for children. Obligation feels somewhat responsible for the slow evolution in Channel One’s thinking. At one time Channel One allowed children to enter into "private rooms" with anonymous Internet users. At one...
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Channel One Melt Down Around Corner?

September 3, 1998

Alabama’s second largest school system, Jefferson County, has taken the very responsible action of halting the required viewing of Channel One. This does not mean they are opposed to the program or in support of the program. This appears to be a very reasonable response to a controversial issue. "I applaud Jefferson County’s decision...
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Alabama Department of Education Survey – School Districts And Channel One

September 1, 1998

CHANNEL ONE COMPARISON OF SCHOOL SYSTEMS AND PER PUPIL EXPENDITURES TOP TEN PER PUPIL EXPENDITURES SYSTEM EXPENDITURES CHANNEL ONE MOUNTAIN BROOK CITY $6,241 NO HOOVER CITY $5,732 NO HUNTSVILLE CITY $5,471 NO SHEFFIELD CITY $5,470 NO FLORENCE CITY $5,422 NO DECATUR CITY $5,410 NO LINDEN CITY $5,374 YES AUBURN CITY $5,328 NO ANNISTON CITY...
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Did Channel One Advertise Pagers To Children?

August 24, 1998

On Channel One’s web site several recent notes on the message board have been critical of Channel One. These appear to be from students in schools that make Channel One mandatory viewing. Two of the writers talk about ads or promotions on Channel One that featured pagers, or beepers, that kids could either buy or win. In the Birmingham,...
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Editorial – The Birmingham News- “Channel One – There are better uses of student time, taxpayer dollars”

August 15, 1998

Alabama’s largest newspaper condemned the in-school, advertising device called Channel One News. In a no-holds-barred editorial, the News blasted the poor business deal Channel One contracts represent. Also the age-inappropriate content was mentioned. The News said the Channel One web site “provided links on its website to pornographic material.” The News may be referring to some other incident(s), but Obligation has...
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State Superintendent Urged To Halt Channel One TV Show for 37 Systems

August 13, 1998

37 Alabama school systems that are on academic "alert" or "caution" status are also losing one hour a week of school time to the controversial TV show called Channel One according to a recently released Alabama Department of Education study. Obligation, a Birmingham-based child advocacy organization, has called on Dr. Ed Richardson to instruct...
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Jefferson County Schools Again Make Mandatory Commercials Part of Curriculum – Local Group Criticizes “Sell-Out” Of Students – Controversial Channel One Remains Required Viewing For Jeffco Secondary Students

August 10, 1998

Over 23,000 Jefferson County system secondary schoolchildren will return to school on Tuesday, August 11, and for yet another year be required to watch the controversial Channel One in-school TV show for up to one hour a week. Channel One is the daily 12-minute news show that contains commercials. Schools get the use of...
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State of Alabama Completes First Ever Statewide Channel One Survey

July 9, 1998

It has taken months to achieve, but now all Alabama public school systems have responded to the State Superintendent’s request for information concerning Channel One. This information will be published on this web site as soon as it is received by Obligation. As many concerned parents and school officials have found out, Channel One will never tell the public what...
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Channel One Suspends Reviewing R-Rated Movies For Children

June 30, 1998

For nearly two years Channel One has reviewed R-rated movies for children visitors to its official web site. many of these movies contained graphic sexual content, ultra-violence, and non-stop profanity. Channel One officials also gave children a link to the movie’s official web site which often contained material not suitable for children. Channel One routinely asked children to send in...
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