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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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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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