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September 9, 1989 | JEFF KAYE, Times Staff Writer
PBS' formation of an internal "program council" to review potentially controversial programming has raised concerns that the public-television network will shy away from opinionated documentaries in the wake of the firestorm over "Days of Rage." But executives insist that there is no connection between the five-man council, which was quietly formed three months ago, and the pro-Palestinian documentary that aired this week.
ABC, long the ratings leader in the evening-news competition, also came out on top in the Emmy Awards for news and documentaries, winning 15 statuettes one more than CBS (10) and NBC (four) combined. In ceremonies Wednesday night in New York honoring programs broadcast in 1991, ABC received five of its Emmys for coverage of the Persian Gulf War and its aftermath.
August 12, 1988 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Tom Seidman has almost completed his documentary about the city's homeless, titled "Lost Angeles." He spent months befriending and mingling with his subjects, then many more months editing his 40 hours of footage into 55 minutes of compelling video, lacking only a final cut that would include polishing and production credits. And now, a year later, his documentary is homeless, too.
July 12, 1988 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
"Why," asks rising NBC News star Connie Chung, vacantly, "do Americans dread getting older?" Try fear of dying. In "Everybody's Doing It" at 10 tonight on Channels 4, 36 and 39, Chung examines aging in the fashion of a slickly packaged ratings sweeps minidoc. Instead of getting involved, you feel like you're window shopping. TV's lamentable documentary drought has surely ended, given this summer's first-run documentaries of contrasting looks and shapes that are surfacing like prickly heat.
September 2, 1989 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
The producer of a highly controversial pro-Palestinian documentary slated to air next week found herself embroiled in still more controversy this week when conflicting reports of her involvement with an organization supported by Arabs began to surface. Jo Franklin-Trout, producer of "Days of Rage: The Young Palestinians," scheduled for broadcast Wednesday at 9 p.m.
January 9, 1989 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, Times Staff Writer
From matters of war and peace in the nuclear age to the scourge of AIDS, from an examination of "secret intelligence" and American spying to the state of learning in the nation's schools, from an inside look at the "real" Ronald Reagan and a Congress about to celebrate its 200th birthday to questions of public and personal ethics, the coming months on public television promise a heavy dose of news documentaries.
October 5, 1988 | Howard Rosenberg
Does the TV box control the ballot box? That nagging question surfaced again in Monday's PBS documentary "The Prime-Time President." It rises anew in tonight's televised debate between vice presidential candidates Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle, where the small screen is being counted on to project the big picture. And it's the heart of a 90-minute documentary titled "The Made-for-TV Election," which, although pertinent, powerful and persuasive, may never appear on TV.
March 29, 1990 | SHARON BERNSTEIN
As the Bush Administration attempts to beam its version of world events into Cuba through a satellite transmission called TV-Marti, a group of high-tech progressives in the United States is beaming its view of the propaganda war to American homes.
January 11, 1990 | JOSEPH N. BELL
A lot of years ago, I wrote a piece for the Saturday Evening Post about a bachelor factory worker in Chicago named Joe Swedie who used every cent he earned not required for basic living to rent movies and show them to kids in hospitals. He discovered what a joyous relief from pain and despair this provided sick children when, as a GI in France in World War II, he took his company projector and films into French hospitals.
January 25, 1989 | JERRY BUCK, Associated Press Television Writer
Academy Award-winner Haing Ngor will appear Sunday in a half-hour documentary called "Beyond the Killing Fields" that he hopes will "wake up the world" to the plight of Cambodian refugees. "The documentary shows the work I'm doing and is about the suffering of the people at the border," he said. "We must wake up the world. Why has the world forgotten Cambodia and especially its children? "Before 'The Killing Fields,' no one knew what happened in Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge killed 4 million people.
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