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Who Is Jeff Ballabon?

December 4, 1999

  Mr. Ballabon recently flew from New York to Alabama to meet with conservative legislators and other influential people in an attempt to win friends for Channel One. Mr. Ballabon failed to tell the Alabama citizens he meet with that the product he was pushing was outlawed in public schools in his home state of New York. He must...
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Ask Dr. Folkemer

November 28, 1999

Channel One – Peddlers of Despair   Ask Dr. Folkemer   Channel One, the marketing company with headquarters on Madison Avenue (by the way, their product called Channel One News is outlawed in all public schools in their own home state of New York) and studio in Hollywood USA has come up with another effort to look...
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Old Story, But Chilling – Channel One Ran Story on Jeffrey Dahmer in Classrooms

October 28, 1999

“It made me think about all of the terrible things my kids were exposed to in public school over the years – and none of us parents could ‘censor’ any of it. For instance, I was livid when Channel 1 broadcast news of Jeffrey Dahmer’s hideous murders directly into my kids’ classroom several years ago. I had censored...
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Channel One Paid Preston Gates Lobbying Firm $820,000 in First Half of 1999

October 27, 1999
Channel One Paid Preston Gates Lobbying Firm $820,000 in First Half of 1999

HEIGHT=”70″ NATURALSIZEFLAG=”3″> BORDER=”0″ WIDTH=”219″ HEIGHT=”70″ NATURALSIZEFLAG=”3″> SRC=”image/money076.gif” ALIGN=”LEFT” BORDER=”0″ WIDTH=”219″ HEIGHT=”70″ NATURALSIZEFLAG October 27, 1999 – National Journal Reports Channel One Paid Preston Gates Lobbying Firm $820,000 in First Half of 1999 ALIGN=”RIGHT” BORDER=”0″ WIDTH=”219″ HEIGHT=”70″ NATURALSIZEFLAG=”3″> $820,000 doesn’t go as far as it use to. Over the years, Channel One has paid millions to lobbyists to...
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Channel One Advertises Unbelievably Violent Movie to Captive Audience of Children

October 25, 1999
Channel One Advertises Unbelievably Violent Movie to Captive Audience of Children

BORDER=”0″ WIDTH=”200″ HEIGHT=”175″ NATURALSIZEFLAG=”3″> Last week, Channel One continued their marketing of violence to America’s youth. (Past crimes include: Ads for “The Quest”, “New York Undercover”, “The Shining”, “The Mummy”; reviews of “Kiss the Girls”, “Scream2”; and music on the in-school TV show from groups known for their violent lyrics: Bone Thugs and Marilyn Manson) Children in schools that...
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Who is Left at Channel One?

October 19, 1999

We said 1999 would be a disastrous year for Channel One and it has been much worse than even we forecasted. According to an Educational Marketer article, Channel One’s president, Kevin McAliley, “abruptly resigned” several weeks ago. In early summer, PRIMEDIA’s Chairman, William Reilly, offered his resignation which was no resignation at all. He was given the boot by...
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Hey, Channel One! Don’t Mess With Texas.

October 11, 1999
Hey, Channel One! Don’t Mess With Texas.

From Jim Metrock: "Don’t Mess With Texas" is the bold unofficial motto of the great state of Texas. Obligation shared a booth with the Center for Commercial-Free Public Education at the Texas Association of School Boards convention this past weekend. We distributed a wealth of information about Channel One to school board members and...
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Tattoo You!

September 13, 1999

Channel One’s web site is instructing children on how to tattoo themselves. These tattoos are not permanent, but they are not readily removable either. You will have to go to their web site to read for yourself. Channel One is encouraging children to apply these dark stain henna tattoos by suggesting that their mothers will be angry. Hey,...
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Chat Rooms Ready to Come Back to Channel One’s Web Site

September 10, 1999

Hold on to your hat … and your child. Channel One is getting back into the chat room business. Jim Metrock, president of Obligation, said, “There is no need for this company to entice schoolchildren into their chat rooms. Chat rooms are the first things parents block if they are concerned about Internet safety. Channel One’s record on...
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The Cost of Channel One in One Alabama Middle School

August 19, 1999

Pizitz Middle School is in Vestavia Hills, AL, a suburb of Birmingham. Vestavia Hills is a very well-to-do school system – by Alabama standards. The one middle school and the high school both have had Channel One since mid-1991. The school board agreed to the superintendent’s recommendation to enter into a contract with Channel One without any apparent financial...
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PRIMEDIA Top Man “Retires”

July 9, 1999

From Jim Metrock: He was the man Henry Kravis picked to run K-III Communications in 1994. (K-III changed their name to PRIMEDIA in 1997.) William Reilly never could get people excited about this “Macmillan” (publishing house) clone. Now he has to fall on his sword. He announced his “early retirement” yesterday. I suspect more heads will roll over...
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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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