Birmingham News: Alabama schools chief Tommy Bice urged to pull plug on Channel One

August 6, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — A Boston-based nonprofit group is asking Alabama school Superintendent Tommy Bice to suspend the use of Channel One programming in Alabama schools, reopening a debate over whether the 12-minute broadcast aimed at teens is appropriate.

The group, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, asserts that the Channel One television news program — shown in more than 300 Alabama schools — has limited educational value, its commercials are nothing more than plugs for the latest movie or movie star, and the Channel One website promotes other websites with inappropriate and even sexual content.

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