Tuning out Channel One
So much for “Kill Your Television.” According to ADBUSTERS, two Ohio teenagers went to jail after refusing to watch Channel One, a television program (with commercials) that’s shown in schools across the United States. When DJ and Carlotta Maurer walked out of their classrooms to protest mandatory viewing of Channel One, the principal called them truants, and sent them to Wood County Juvenile Detention Center for the day.
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2/20 – Big oil’s big schemes Commercial Alert and Obligation, Inc., two groups that have been critical of Channel One’s programming, came to the Maurers’ defense. They wrote a letter to Ohio governor Bob Taft, asking him to remove Channel One from public schools. While the governor has yet to respond, the school in question is in negotiations with the Maurers, who said they have religious objections to television.
According to Primedia, Channel One’s parent company, shows like Channel One News and other “quality information and award-winning programming” from the company reach 8 million teenage viewers every school day.