Two Groups Seek to Block Westinghouse Purchase of CBS
The planned sale of CBS is coming under attack by two groups
contending that buyer Westinghouse has done a poor job airing
The United Church of Christ and the Center for Media Education have
asked the Federal Communications Commission to block the sale. The
challenge could delay the sale and make the deal vulnerable to a
Westinghouse spokesman Gil Schwartz defended the company's record:
"We find it somewhat ironic that children's programming is the
basis of the challenge against Westinghouse and CBS, since we
believe our historic commitments place us at the top of the
industry," he said. CBS declined comment.
Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Media Education,
said the groups want the FCC to develop a "social contract" between
Westinghouse and the public that would require the company to air
more programs to meet the educational needs of children and to
provide more air time for political candidates.
By law, TV broadcasters are required to put on programs that serve
the educational and information needs of children.
Westinghouse and CBS officials said they comply with those
obligations and are not aware of any complaints against them at the
FCC involving programming for children.
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