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Houghton Mifflin/Channel One News tagged with '2 chains'

Channel One News is a youth marketing company whose main purpose is to get advertising to a captive audience of impressionable schoolchildren. The company loans a school TV equipment in exchange for the school’s contractual pledge to show students a daily, 12-minute, hyper-commercial, TV program called Channel One News. Students lose one hour a week of schools time, which equates to one lost week of instructional time (32 hours) per year. No educational organization endorses the use of Channel One News.

Channel One has fallen on very hard times. Once they claimed over 8 million students were under contract. Since 1997 they have continued to lose schools and now they claim “nearly five million” students and the true figure is probably lower.

In May 2014, publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquired Channel One from ZelnickMedia the makers of the ultra-violent Grand Thief Auto video game series. Houghton Mifflin did not disclose the purchase price.

At the end of 2014 most of Channel One’s full-paying advertisers have abandoned the program.

Warning: Explicit lyrics -Vile Wiz Khalifa and 2 Chainz are plugged by Channel One.

September 1, 2012
Warning: Explicit lyrics -Vile Wiz Khalifa and 2 Chainz are plugged by Channel One.

Update: Today, September 2, 2012 Channel One has taken down the MTV Music Awards banner ads from their website. We have no idea if students will be seeing the ads on the in-school Channel One News TV show. From Jim Metrock: Channel One News has promoted edgy MTV programming for well over a decade....
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