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New Wave of Aggressive Junk Food Ads Run on Channel One in Spring

July 7, 2000

Channel One’s assault on good nutrition in our public schools escalated in March, April and May. New ads for McDonalds, Nestle Crunch Bars, Fruit Loops, Pepsi, Tostitos Tortilla Chips, Hostess Cupcakes, and Starbust and Skittles candy were rolled out by Channel One’s management. Jim Metrock said, “Schools won’t tolerate this much longer. The health of schoolchildren is far more important...
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Folkemer-Approved Movies

July 4, 2000
Folkemer-Approved Movies

Update: Good News and Bad News – The good news for Channel One is that the MPAA finally agreed to give the Channel One promoted movie called “Loser” a PG13 rating. The bad news for kids is that it is a “hard PG13.” It barely escaped a “R” rating. This movie, from all accounts, will be offensive combination of...
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Channel One’s Contract

June 20, 2000

A Channel One Contract In the early 90’s Alabama school systems signed contracts with Whittle Communications, the parent company of Channel One News. Whittle sold Channel One to the present owners, PRIMEDIA, Inc., in 1994. The original contract remained controlling as the contract automatically renewed every three years. PRIMEDIA rarely replaced the old contracts. That explains why “Whittle”...
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Channel One Wants Personal Information From Children

June 16, 2000
Channel One Wants Personal Information From Children

Channel One wants to know about your child. Obligation has stopped them before but now they are back pushing the envelope. HEIGHT=”362″ ALIGN=”LEFT” BORDER=”0″ NATURALSIZEFLAG=”3″>To get information from children the common practice among marketing firms like Channel One is to stage a contest. Dangle something children want in front of them and then tell them that you have to supply...
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Andy Hill President of Channel One Programming Leaves

June 15, 2000

The carnage continues at the controversial Channel One Network. The company often held up their president of programming, Andy Hill, as a reason why parents should trust Channel One. They said in their literature that Hill was the man who brought America “Touched By An Angel” so parents should feel good about the man in charge of programming for...
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Bring Sanity Back To Schools

June 1, 2000
Bring Sanity Back To Schools

HEIGHT=”55″ ALIGN=”LEFT” BORDER=”0″ NATURALSIZEFLAG=”3″> America is rising up against Channel One. Kick Madison Avenue and Hollywood out of your child’s classroom. Channel One is robbing precious school time from your child or grandchild. Join the nationwide effort to bring sanity back to public schools. Contact us at info@obligation.org HEIGHT=”55″ ALIGN=”LEFT” BORDER=”0″ NATURALSIZEFLAG=”3″>
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West Palm Beach School Shooting

May 27, 2000

May 26, 2000 To: Paul Folkemer, Jim Ritts, Jeff Ballabon, Tom Rogers, and Roger Wolfson Today there is yet another incident of violence in our public schools (West Palm Beach). I have called on you before to end the promotion of violent entertainment to America’s schoolchildren and I have heard absolutely nothing. Do you think marketing violence is a...
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Center for Media Literacy

May 26, 2000

In a continuing effort to look reputable, Channel One has found another organization that will “partner” with them. This time it’s a media literacy group in California called the Center for Media Literacy. It is not known if this group was paid to enter this relationship. Last year a so-called media literacy expert named Renee Hobbs entered into a contract...
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Teacher Email Dropped By Channel One

May 26, 2000

Channel One announced they have dropped their year long effort to get teachers to sign up for free Channel One email. Obligation has monitored the Channel One “Teach 1” forums which were a side-by-side feature with their email. Hardly any teacher used the forum section and it is not surprising that few used the email feature. It appears that...
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National Curriculum?

May 23, 2000

“All Who Want A National Curriculum For Schools Please Raise Your Hand.” Channel One Executive, Roger Wolfson, Praises Channel One For Being “…Closest Thing to a National Curriculum” Channel One executive, Roger Wolfson, told Progressive Magazine that “In spite of the bad stuff you hear from Nader and the opponents it (Channel One News) really is the closest thing...
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C1N and AOL Team Up to Dump Toxic Waste on Teens

May 17, 2000

Channel One is a sponsor and content provider for AOL’s Teen web site. On this site, children are exposed to age-inappropriate content such as movie reviews by E! Entertainment. Music acts that are known for their sexually-explicit lyrics are commonly featured on this site. Chat rooms and message boards are here for children to use. Channel One’s presence on...
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Vestavia Hills High School Dumps Channel One After Nine Years

May 17, 2000
Vestavia Hills High School Dumps Channel One After Nine Years

Channel One Continues to Implode in Alabama The Birmingham News reported today that Vestavia Hills High School has ended their contract with Channel One. A poll taken by the school librarian showed that an overwhelming majority of teachers, who were under contract to show the program, were in fact not showing it to students. 91% of teachers said they...
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Advertisers Losing Interest In Channel One?

May 17, 2000

Primedia’s president Tom Rogers recently mentioned that Channel One is losing advertiser support. Evidently three big advertisers have seriously lowered their spending on this controversial TV show or they might have totally withdrawn from the show. Obligation urges all companies that are advertising on Channel One and channelone.com to remove their financial support. There are other more respectable ways to get...
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Jeff Ballabon Quote

April 15, 2000

Channel One’s Jeff Ballabon quoted in the Harrisburg, PA Patriot-News, referring to the efforts of scholars and conservative and liberal groups opposing Channel One: “It’s hard to express how unconcerned we are that this is going to impact us negatively.”
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NYU Honors Obligation and Commercial Alert

April 13, 2000

NYU Honors Obligation and Commercial Alert for Work Against Commercialism in Schools   Arianna Huffington presented Gary Ruskin of Commercial Alert and Pat Ellis and Jim Metrock of Obligation with an award to honor their efforts against companies like ChannelOne and ZapMe!. Ralph Nader was also honored and he also spoke against Channel One’s commercial exploitation of schoolchildren.
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Alabama Pediatricians Pass Resolution Opposing Commercials in Classroom

March 31, 2000
Alabama Pediatricians Pass Resolution Opposing Commercials in Classroom

No big surprise here – pediatricians don’t like anyone forcing children to watch commercials for candy bars, soft drinks and violent movies. Alabama pediatricians deserve a lot of credit for standing up for the poorest children in Alabama who are injured the most by Channel One’s advertising assault. Here is part of the resolution: “Be it Resolved, The...
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Today’s Channel One Poll on Channelone.com

March 11, 2000

DO YOU BUCKLE UP? Always Usually When I think of it No way   This is a typical Channel One poll. Everything with Channel One is value-neutral. The idea that they have “No Way” as a cool-sounding answer is irresponsible. There is only one good answer for teens (and adults). Why even ask this...
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“Meth in America”

March 6, 2000

Channel One Shocks Teachers and Parents With Controversial “Meth in America” Series From Jim Metrock: I have just seen the three-part series entitled “Meth in America” that appeared on Channel One February 9,10, and 11. The report was actually done by MTV and a MTV “reporter” (who use to be a Channel One “reporter”)...
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The Ghost of Chris Whittle Returns

March 1, 2000
The Ghost of Chris Whittle Returns

WIDTH=”254″ HEIGHT=”190″ ALIGN=”LEFT” BORDER=”0″ NATURALSIZEFLAG=”0″> SIZE=”+1″ FACE=”Arial”>March 1, 2000 – Channel One Returns to Whittle Days in Stunning Announcement Channel One has been without a permanent president for over six months. Today they announced the hiring of Jim Ritts as Channel One’s new president. There is nothing “new” about Ritts. He was one of the co-founders of Channel...
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CBS Early Show

February 17, 2000

It appears that ABC News has ended their "special relationship" with the controversial Channel One TV show. Gone are any signs of ABC News on the dismal channelone.com site. Gone are the references to the ABC/Channel One partnership. Some programming and news reports may still be seen on Channel One but it appears that...
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Public Should Be Mad At MADD For Teaming With Channel One

February 12, 2000

Mothers Against Drunk Driving have steered their organization into the national controversy over Channel One. They have agreed to enter into a partnership with Channel One in order to get more children to hear their important message. The fact that Channel One is commercially exploiting schoolchildren doesn’t seem to affect the MADD central office....
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The Ugliest Joke Yet On Children

February 4, 2000

If you can imagine the Ku Klux Klan giving seminars on racial tolerance, then you’ll have no problem accepting Channel One teaching media literacy to the schoolchildren who are forced to watch their TV show and commercials under force of contract. The term “media literacy” is relatively new. Roughly it attempts to teach children and adults how to “read” media...
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