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October 06, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Action for Children's Television Monday asked the Federal Communications Commission to ban children's cartoons that feature toy manufacturers' products as central characters. In a petition to the FCC, the Cambridge, Mass.-based group said such shows are program-length commercials that violate an FCC policy requiring a separation between programming and commercial messages. The petition follows a federal appeals court decision last week that ruled programs based on toy manufacturers' products are commercial matter and require sponsorship identification. In that case, the Los Angeles-based National Assn. for Better Broadcasting had filed a complaint against KCOP-TV, Los Angeles, for airing "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe," based on a line of fantasy-action figures made by Mattel Inc., without identifying Mattel as a sponsor.

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