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Sacramento Outpost

December 31, 1988

TV's desertion of Sacramento legislative news is actually a long-hidden, frank admission that TV is not a new medium ("TV Tunes Out Sacramento," Dec. 22).

Despite the claims of TV people, they are limited to a carnival-vaudeville concept of their function.

The location of the Capitol away from the biggest news centers, unlike most states, means simply that TV must make a larger investment in order to make good its claim that it fulfills a news responsibility in California.

In my former state, seven newspapers shared the cost of a six-man state government bureau and wire 50 years ago.

Steve Mallory is a crackerjack newsman and his satellite news service in Sacramento offers a very logical solution to TV's cost problem. TV's public-responsibility problem can be solved only by some soul-searching.

ROBERT OLDS

Santa Barbara

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