A Partial Listing of R-Rated Movies Channel One Reviewed At Its Children Web Site – www.channelone.com

June 12, 1998

I Know What You Did Last Summer, Kiss The Girls, Def Jam’s How To Be A Player, Goodfellas, LA Confidential, The Game, Nothing To Lose, Con Air, Face/Off, Soul Food, The Peacemaker, Wild Things, Air Force One, Jackie Brown, Scream 2, Mimic, Switchback, Starship Troopers, The Edge, Pulp Fiction
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Local Group Files FTC Complaint Against Channel One – Personal Information Sought From Children Without Parental Knowledge, Other Problems

June 11, 1998

June 11, 1998 (Birmingham, AL) Obligation, Inc., a local child advocacy organization, filed a complaint today against the Channel One Network with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). They are owned by PRIMEDIA, Inc. (formerly K-III Communications), which is majority-owned by Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts. Obligation alleges that Channel One’s web site: · solicits personal information from children without parental approval, ...
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Channel One Web Advertiser Has Links to Pornography

June 10, 1998

A child needs merely to click on "The Mining Company" ad banner on Channel One’s site and he or she is in a site that has links to pornographic pictures. Children are given warnings about the sexual content they will see if they keep clicking, but this site should not be connected to a...
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Satellite Problem To Cost Channel One Up To $5 Million

May 28, 1998

Channel One’s parent company, PRIMEDIA, issued a press release on May 26 preparing investors for lower earnings in their second quarter. It could be up to a $5 million loss caused by the malfunction aboard the Galaxy IV satellite. This summer every dish on every school will have to be readjusted to a new...
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Channel One Goes Dark – Students Freed From Mandatory Broadcast

May 23, 1998

It’s been a fairly bad year for Channel One: growing condemnation of its brash, in-your-face style of marketing to children, a major study showing Channel One is a monumental financial rip-off, a U.S. Senator calling for hearings on Channel One’s waste of school time, and now a freak satellite problem pulls the plug on...
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Obligation Contributes Article to National School Boards Association’s “School Board News” Newspaper

May 12, 1998

The most controversial show on television is not “Jerry Springer”. It’s called Channel One and...
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Channel One Web Site for Kids Offers Quick Link To Adult XXX Videos

May 1, 1998

Channel One has made another mistake. Channel One’s in-school TV show for schoolchildren daily advertises their official web site (www.channelone.com). On this site, children are bombarded with even more advertisements. Commercial advertisements are not suppose to be on a children’s educational site, but Channel One’s site, like its TV show, is mainly an advertisement...
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U.S. Senator Richard Shelby Blasts Channel One and Calls for Senate Hearings On This Controversial TV Show

April 29, 1998

Richard Shelby (R-AL) sent a "Dear Colleague" letter to each U.S. senator asking for new hearings on Channel One and other commercial programs in public schools. "Parents entrust their children to the care and supervision of the local school system. Establishing this trust is not done blindly. While parents likely know and interact with...
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PRIMEDIA, the parent company of Channel One, announced record first quarter sales from continuing businesses of $328.5 million and record earnings of $63.1 (EBITDA)

April 23, 1998

“The Education segment’s record first quarter sales and EBITDA from continuing businesses largely reflect continued advertising strength at Channel One…,” said William Reilly, chairman and chief executive officer of PRIMEDIA. Channel One continues to convert taxpayer money to their private profit. Jim Metrock, Obligation president said, “Our students aren’t benefiting, our schools aren’t benefiting, and taxpayers aren’t benefiting, but Channel One is...
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School Systems Urged To Temporarily Halt Channel One Because of Child Predator Dangers – State Superintendent And Attorney General Help Sought

March 11, 1998

March 11, 1998 (Birmingham, AL) FBI Director Louis Freeh testified before a Senate hearing yesterday that child predators are a growing problem on children’s web sites and chat rooms. A local child advocacy group says that Alabama children are being needlessly exposed to Internet dangers by the controversial in-school TV show, Channel One. Obligation...
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Channel One’s Guide On How To Cheat On Book Reports

February 13, 1998

 We were tipped off to this by a teacher in Canada. (Our friends to the north are being plagued with a Channel One clone called YNN.) Channel One published this on their official web site. It attempts to be humorous and at the same time instructional. The problem: You have a book report due tomorrow and you haven’t read...
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Lawrence Central High School, Indianapolis, IN, Article On Channel One

February 10, 1998

(Article removed to protect privacy of students)
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Students See Baby Shot In The Face On Channel One

February 2, 1998

A distraught mother in Utah wrote us that her 12-year-old son was traumatized by a violent segment on Channel One. She said that on January 28 and 29, her son watched a sniper put the cross hairs of a rifle on a baby’s face and then a shot rang out. The boy has a new baby sister, the...
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“Channel One Practices Raise Tough Questions”

January 12, 1998
“Channel One Practices Raise Tough Questions”

SIZE=”-1″ FACE=”Arial”>Cover of “Alabama School Boards” magazine for December 1997. “Alabama School Boards” is the monthly magazine published by the Alabama Association of School Boards. They asked Obligation to write an article about the controversial Channel One TV show and web site. Obligation hopes that articles like this will encourage Alabama school boards to quickly remove this marketing device from our...
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Chris Farley Death Story Eats Up Two Minutes of School Time

January 5, 1998

Channel One’s in-school TV show spent two minutes covering the death of and paying tribute to the comedic actor Chris Farley. It was considered a major story by Channel One on this Monday morning’s broadcast. Jim Metrock, Obligation president, said, “This is typical Channel One. They don’t care if they waste a student’s time,...
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News About Channel One – Aug – Dec 1997

December 31, 1997
News About Channel One – Aug – Dec 1997

Obligation, Inc. – Channel One Is Bad News For Kids To 1998 Press Releases and News About Channel One Press Releases and News About Channel One – 1997 December 15, 1997 – Mississippi Baptist Christian Action Commission Newsletter Addresses Channel One Concerns November 27, 1997 – Channel One May Have Advertised Adult Soap Opera...
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Channel One Reviews Explicit-Content CDs for Children

December 29, 1997
Channel One Reviews Explicit-Content CDs for Children

  Ever since we started monitoring Channel One’s web site (November 1996), Channel One has been involved with ranking or reviewing current music for its audience. Their Playlist tells kids what are the hottest groups in the country. Web visitors would vote for their favorites and Channel One would publish the results. Marilyn Manson, Bone Thugs and Harmony...
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Mississippi Baptist Christian Action Commission Newsletter Addresses Channel One Concerns

December 15, 1997

The problems with Channel One were the focus of an article appearing in "Salt & Light" a newsletter of the Mississippi Baptist Christian Action Commission. The article, "Channel One – Captive Audience in the Classroom", mentioned many of Obligation’s findings and research, along with listing the numerous organizations that oppose Channel One. The article...
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Channel One May Have Advertised Adult Soap Opera To Children

November 27, 1997

It appears that ABC’s steamy "Port Charles" soap opera was advertised to Channel One’s captive audience of eight million schoolchildren at least once this year. We are awaiting a response from Channel One’s Madison Avenue headquarters, so we have to couch our words with qualifiers. This is what is known: Teachers in several states,...
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Antidotes To Pop Culture Poison

November 20, 1997
Antidotes To Pop Culture Poison

Obligation was pleased to contribute information for the article "Antidotes to Pop Culture Poison" in the December issue of The Heritage Foundation’s magazine, "Policy Review". Author Kris Napier gives parents solid steps they can take to help combat the popular culture’s impact on their children. The article mentions our efforts to encourage schools to...
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Will Channel One Let You Own the Equipment?

November 19, 1997

A Kansas middle school teacher who is very familiar with Channel One sent us a letter, dated November 12,1997, telling us how wonderful Channel One is. She says, "At the end of three years, if the school no longer wishes to be a part of Channel 1, the equipment becomes the property of the...
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No Response From Channel One

November 15, 1997

Obligation has yet to receive a reply to our November 7 letter (below) to David Tanzer, president of Channel One. We, however, have heard indirectly from two teachers in two Midwestern states that have contacted Channel One and the PR people have told them that Marilyn Manson will not be played again. One teacher...
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