The TV divide

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FIFTY-one years ago, in 1961, then US Federal Communications Commission Chair Newton Minow, one of the youngest appointees of then US President John F. Kennedy, described US commercial television as “a vast wasteland” in a speech before a convention of the US National Association of Broadcasters.

“When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers — nothing is better,” said Minow. “But when television is bad, nothing is worse.”

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