"Forcing Change at Channel 11" -- Tuesday meeting

Posted by Bob - August 3, 2004 (entry 221)

MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT! Forcing Change At Elitist WTTW 11

There is an important Chicago Media Action meeting for CMA members and the public this Tuesday night, August 10.

The main discussion will be how to build on the publicity for our recent scholarly expose' "Chicago Tonight: Elites, Affluence, and Advertising."

(Background on the WTTW issues is available on the web: Read Michael Miner's great Chicago Reader article July 23 at www.chireader.com/hottype. See how WTTW boldly sells an "upscale" viewership to commercial advertisers at WTTW_ad_kit.pdf. Review the entire study or a summary using links at the top of www.chicagomediaaction.org.)

The meeting will be a chance to get to know each other better. And to start a coalition of endorsing cosponsors. And to strategize around ideas such as: A major public conference, pickets, boycotts, a license challenge, and escrow accounts for pledges and donations.

The meeting will be this Tuesday, August 10, 2004, at 6 p.m. (ending at 8:45 p.m.) at the Lincoln-Belmont Library, 1659 W. Melrose, which is just south of the Brown Line's Paulina stop and about a block northwest of Lincoln/Belmont/Ashland. (Specific CTA directions from anywhere are available at www.chicagotransitauthority.com and by calling 836-7000 from any Chicago region Area Code.)

'Nonprofit' corporation Window to the World Communications, Inc. receives foundations' charitable donations, our government funds, and a special Chicago Public Television license. And then it concentrates on serving up affluent audiences to commercial advertisers. It sees no illegal conflict of interest in advertising for the directors' own companies, like Boeing Company, LaSalle Bank, and Sara Lee Corporation. And it promotes the commercialization of all PBS national programs, including the many programs for children.

We can spur a growing movement that will change Channel 11 away from being a publicly subsidized 'upscale' commercial channel. We can change it into being an honest Public Television channel, overseen by representatives who work to serve the classes of people who are underserved by commercial television.

Spread the word! Bring a friend Tuesday night! -- Bob Gallie 8/04

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