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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.

Entire Channel One News show is one big commercial.

June 4, 2013
Entire Channel One News show is one big commercial.

Channel One News published this script in May. We don’t know the day it was shown to students.   Students: Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one! Scott: What is up! I am Scott Evans. Shelby: And I am Shelby Holliday. Scott: And we’re here at Goose Creek High School in...
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Complete, uncensored Channel One News for April 16, 2013

May 23, 2013
Complete, uncensored Channel One News for April 16, 2013

A 2-minute long commercial?! Channel One violates contract again.
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May 23, 2012 – A program length commercial for Disney/ABC

May 25, 2012
May 23, 2012 – A program length commercial for Disney/ABC

Channel One News program length commercial for Disney/ABC TV shows Part 1: Channel One News program length commercial for Disney/ABC TV shows Part 2: Channel One News program length commercial for Disney/ABC TV shows Part 3:  
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Channel One says Pop Quizzes are not advertising ABC TV shows.

May 4, 2012

Are they right?  
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Pop Quiz Challenge challenges school administrators patience with Channel One’s over-the-top teen marketing.

April 17, 2012
Pop Quiz Challenge challenges school administrators patience with Channel One’s over-the-top teen marketing.

  Next month, Channel One News will spend an entire show doing a Pop Quiz that is little more than a 12-minute long commercial for four ABC TV shows. Check out the absurdity from May 25, 2011. http://www.obligation.org/2011-06-03-channel-one-news-a-program-length-commercial  
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A program length commercial

June 3, 2011
A program length commercial

  On May 25, 2011, Channel One News devoted their entire show to advertising four ABC television shows. The...
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How clever: Working TV shows ads into Pop Quizzes

May 9, 2011

NOW I KNOW YOU’VE GOT SOME BIG GAMES COMING UP, SO DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR CAMERA. THAT MEANS YOU TOO GIRLS. WE WANT TO SEE WHAT YOU’VE GOT! AND SINCE WE’RE ALREADY ON THE FIELD LET’S SEE HOW MUCH YOU BASEBALL FANS KNOW. I’M GONNA SEND IT OVER THE FOLKS AT ABC...
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