New Channel One Web Survey Quizzes Kids On New 3 Musketeers Contest

June 25, 1999

Channel One is at it again. They have a new “Channelone.com Survey” for the children on their web site. Does the survey have an educational purpose? Well, in a way. In a “Channel One” way. The banner says “Take our survey!!!”. A child has no idea if this is an ad or Channel One editorial content. Once a...
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Big Changes Coming to Channel One

June 11, 1999

For months, Channel One tried to stop the U.S. Senate from looking into its unseemly presence in America’s schools, but it happened and Channel One was embarrassed. Now there is great speculation that an executive shake-up or a new PR campaign may happen soon. I will soon make my prediction on what will happen. (As if I know...
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U.S Senate Hearing On Channel One Testimony

May 27, 1999
U.S Senate Hearing On Channel One Testimony

Obligation, Inc. – Channel One is Bad News for Kids A U.S. Senate Hearing on Channel One Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions May 20, 1999 The Hearing that Channel One spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to stop, happened on Thursday, May 20, 1999. We will publish the spoken testimony and the...
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Channel One Restarts Intrusive Web Ads

May 21, 1999
Channel One Restarts Intrusive Web Ads

Children are asked for their name, home address, phone number and age by Channel One advertiser. Channel One is running this banner ad on their web site. Channel One has guts. You have to give them that. During the week that the U.S. Senate held its second hearing on Channel One, Channel One brought...
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U. S. Senate Hearing On Channel One News

May 20, 1999
U. S. Senate Hearing On Channel One News

  WIDTH=”450″ BORDER=”1″ align=”center” CELLPADDING=”0″ CELLSPACING=”2″>   ALIGN=”BOTTOM” BORDER=”0″ NATURALSIZEFLAG=”3″>   Ralph Nader, Pat Ellis, Jim Metrock, and Phyllis Schafly at the May 20, 1999 U.S. Senate hearing on Channel One. Mr. Nader and Mrs. Schafly testified against Channel One at the hearing and Mrs. Ellis and Mr. Metrock of Obligation submitted written testimony. The hearing clearly exposed Channel...
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Letter to Ernie Allen, President of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

February 1, 1999

There is probably not a more important organization in our country than the NCMEC. Their partnership with Channel One shocks the senses. The recklessness of Channel One’s web site is well-documented on this site. Now, sacred to death of congressional hearings, Channel One has “cleaned up” their web act. Being a partner with the NCMEC gives Channel One...
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Channel One Continues to Breach Contract By Going Over 12-Minute Limit

January 30, 1999
Channel One Continues to Breach Contract By Going Over 12-Minute Limit

  In apparent response to Obligation’s press release complaining about Channel One’s unilateral decision to expand its program from 12 minutes to over 13 minutes, Channel One is now announcing at the first of each show that the program will begin in 30 seconds. Jim Metrock,Obligation president, said, “This is typical Channel One. This is truly the ‘gang...
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“Millennium Minute” To “Creatively Integrate Your Brand” With the News

January 29, 1999

“Teach the news” is Channel One’s latest slogan. Channel One has rolled out this slogan and hired new people and reassigned people in an attempt to look like an educational company as opposed to the corporate child predator that it is. Channel One’s “news” is secondary to its commercials and their newest campaign confirms it. Channel One is...
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January 1, 1999


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News About Channel One – 1998

December 31, 1998
News About Channel One – 1998

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Vestavia Hills (AL) Superintendent Gives Personal Seal of Approval to Channel One

December 24, 1998

Bucking the trend across Alabama, Dr. Harrison Cass called Channel One a “good current events program” and said children will continue to watch the program. He said he reached that personal decision after viewing several programs. Dr. Cass is quoted by the Birmingham News as saying “We also get to use equipment they provide such as televisions and other educational...
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It’s Hard to Keep a Bad Web Site Down

December 20, 1998

From Jim Metrock – Channel One has an official web site. It is called “channelone.com”. Its abuse of children is legendary. (Take a look around our web site for some of the most offensive servings from Channel One. R-rated movie reviews for kids? Reviews of sexually-explicit CDs for your child? Channel One wanting to post your child’s picture on the...
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PTA Position On Channel One

December 19, 1998
PTA Position On Channel One

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Channel One Discussed At ASCD Meeting

December 14, 1998

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), a well-respected educational organization held a panel discussion on commercialism in schools on Capitol Hill last week. Channel One had Dr. Paul Folkemer, VP Education, on the panel to defend its presence in classrooms. Mr. Folkemer had a difficult time with his fellow panelists. Dan Fuller, National School Boards Association, said the decision...
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Fresh Faces

November 26, 1998
Fresh Faces

Channel One’s "Fresh Faces"   January 26, 1998 – Channel One Ceases Their Dangerous "Fresh Faces" Section Within the past two months, Channel One has listened to our our pleas and has ditched their dangerous "Fresh Faces" feature. This was another one of Channel One’s self-promotions that allowed children to put their pictures on...
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Press Release – “Alabama will lead the way.”

November 24, 1998

Birmingham, AL (November 24, 1998) – The Washington Times ran a story covering yesterday’s letter to several Congressional Committee chairmen urging informational hearings on the controversial Channel One marketing program in public schools. Obligation is a Birmingham-based child advocacy and media watchdog group that has been instrumental in getting this diverse group of conservative...
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Local Group Signs Letter Asking For Congressional Hearings On Controversial Channel One Program

November 23, 1998

November 23, 1998 (Birmingham, AL) Obligation, Inc., a local media watchdog group has joined several nationally known organizations and individuals in signing a letter asking for Congressional hearings on the in-school TV marketing program called Channel One. Jim Metrock, Obligation’s president said, "When you have Ralph Nader and Eagle Forum’s Phyllis Schlafly on the...
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Schools Tell Children To See “Meet Joe Black”

November 13, 1998
Schools Tell Children To See “Meet Joe Black”

Schools, with Channel One’s help, told our kids again what movie to see this weekend. This time it was PG-13 "Meet Joe Black". "Schools endorse the products they make children watch during school," said Jim Metrock, Obligation president. "Any school board member or superintendent who thinks the school doesn’t endorse the products pushed on...
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Channel One Schools Give Seal of Approval To WB Network’s DL-Rated “Felicity”

November 8, 1998

No TV network ought to be advertised in a school. No specific TV show ought to be encouraged and endorsed by a school system. If a superintendent was forced to pick one broadcast network to advertise to his or her students, it certainly would not be the WB Network. Yet, the historically insensitive Channel...
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Channel One Schools Endorse Adam Sandler’s Newest Movie

November 6, 1998
Channel One Schools Endorse Adam Sandler’s Newest Movie

  Touchstone Pictures’ “The Waterboy”   Several ads ran for this Disney adult-comedy. The PG-13 was slapped on this film because of offensive adult language and crude sexual humor. A scene from the commercial Channel One ran for kids, shows the “Waterboy” knocking down a teacher in a classroom after the teacher makes the...
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Channel One Violates Contract Terms By Extending Show 1 1/2 Minutes – Also Channel One Exceeds Two-Minute Ad Limit

October 19, 1998

The new administration at Channel One is apparently disregarding the contract terms concerning the amount of advertising and the total length of the Channel One program. The contract says that the show will be 12 minutes long and the ads will be no more than two minutes of that twelve. Channel One News is now routinely 13 minutes and...
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Letter From Judge McGuire To Paul Folkemer

October 17, 1998

  October 17, 1998 – Letter From Judge McGuire To Paul Folkemer     This letter from Judge McGuire to Paul Folkemer, Channel One, was OCR scanned onto our web site. Any typos are from the scanning process. Judge McGuire sent a 27-page complaint about the indecent content on “Dawson’s Creek” to the FCC this spring. We will post...
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