The Senator and the Television Industry: William Benton, the Television Code, and the Race to Police Early TV Content

5:30 pm on Thursday, April 24, 2014
CAS 200 / 725 Commonwealth Ave
Free and Open to the Public
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Rebekah Beaulieu
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Presented by Deborah Jaramillo, Assistant Professor of Film and Television Studies, Boston University

Notes: In 1952 the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters implemented a code that severely restricted the form and content of television programs. Although multiple factors contributed to the NARTB’s decision to draft such a code, this presentation focuses on the role that elected officials—particularly Senator William Benton (D-CT)—played in provoking the ire of the television industry and its trade association. This research is part of Dr. Jaramillo’s current book project entitled The Code: Industry, Government, Viewers, and the Fight to Control Television.