December 16, 2005 |
After trading lawsuits this fall, children advocacy groups and entertainment industry representatives have agreed on new rules for digital television that would require broadcasters to expand children's educational TV programming and limit the use of the Internet for promotional tie-ins. In return, broadcasters would be allowed greater flexibility to preempt the educational shows for live sports on weekends.
August 22, 2005 |
Cartoon Network is plenty popular with school-age children. Now it's coming for the babies. Starting at 9 this morning, the Atlanta-based network begins a two-hour morning block of cartoons for preschoolers, even children under a year old. Other children's networks already create programs for children that young, and Cartoon Network's new "Tickle U" block is aimed at improving the network's ratings on weekday mornings, when it falls behind rivals such as Nickelodeon and Disney Channel.
February 14, 2005 |
In December, PBS President Pat Mitchell predicted in a routine speech that 2005 would be a transformational year for public broadcasting. She couldn't have known that an animated rabbit would become an agent of change. Yet "Postcards From Buster," a gentle children's program that was to have shown a real-life Vermont family with lesbian moms in one episode, has in some quarters emerged as a powerful symbol of what's wrong with PBS these days.
February 2, 2005 |
Two dozen stations, including KCET-TV, will air "Sugartime!" -- an episode from the children's series "Postcards From Buster" -- in the series' regular 2 p.m. time slot Tuesday, even though PBS refused to distribute the episode because it contained scenes of a family headed by a lesbian couple. "We looked at it and felt that the goal of our air is to reflect the wide diversity of our community," said Mary Mazur, executive vice president of programming and production at KCET.
September 10, 2004 |
The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve rules requiring digital television broadcasters to air as many as 15 hours of educational shows for kids each week. The 5-0 vote came after children's activist groups lobbied to hold TV station owners more accountable as broadcasters transition to new digital television technology, which offers sharp multichannel video and compact-disc-quality sound.
September 3, 2004 |
The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday that it would vote next week on whether to require 414 digital television stations to air educational children's programming, a plan pushed by the agency's Democratic members. The proposal has been opposed by more than 1,000 local TV stations that are members of the National Assn. of Broadcasters. They say it's premature to impose such a requirement during the early stages of U.S. conversion to digital TV. Democrats led by Michael J.
April 6, 2004 |
The British Broadcasting Corp. announced Monday that it would phase out ties between its popular children's television characters and fatty or sugary snack foods. Teletubbies chocolate bars, Tweenies chocolate crispies and Fimbles shortcake are to be replaced with healthier products, like yogurt with dried fruit and shaped pasta. The BBC, largely funded by British taxpayers, licenses its children's TV cartoon characters around the world for a variety of products, such as books and videos.
March 24, 2004 |
Viacom Inc., owner of the CBS, Nickelodeon and MTV television networks, plans to collaborate with Shanghai Media Group on producing children's programs in China's largest city -- the first such joint venture since China opened TV production to foreign investment. Viacom Chief Executive Sumner Redstone said at a news conference in Beijing that his company would have a "huge stake" in the venture, though it's limited by law to a minority share.
February 26, 2004 |
Kids' WB! is moving into live-action shows this summer with its first original movie and a hidden-camera prank show called "Gagsters." The movie, "Zolar," follows a band of semi-pro athletes who discover their newest team member is an alien. It will include cameos from sports stars.
October 7, 2003 |
Tune into a PBS station during the day and there's "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," with beloved TV icon Fred Rogers. The shows, with their quiet reassurance, emotion-exploring songs and puppet vignettes, are the self-effacing legacy of Rogers, who died in February.