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OCTOBER 26, 1964
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Metromedia Buys Wolper Productions Los Angeles- Metromedia, Inc.,
continuesto expand its holdings with announcementthat the firm has con› tractedto acquire the entire stock of WolperProductions, Inc. Total price tag is more than $3.6 million-ap› proximately$1 million in cash plus 69,551sharesof Metromedia common stock.
As a resultof the deal, Metromedia picksup all of Wolper Productions, including its five subsidiary com› panies;Wolper Television Sales, a nationaldistribution company; News› reel,Inc., formerly Paramount News; and three Wolper music companies.
David L. Wolper, president of the production firm, will remain in his postandwill becomea vice president of Metromedia,Inc.
Commentingon the purchase,John W. Kluge,chairman of the board and presidentof Metromedia, said: "This is a logical step in Metromedia’s cor› porate development combining two youngandaggressivebroadcastingand entertainmententities. It will make possiblebetter quality entertainment and informational programs for the
ABC-TV Documentcries To Cost 3M $2.5 Million
New York-Six hour-long docu- mentarieson ABC-TV will be spon-
1~sored by Minnesota Mining &IManufacturingat an estimatedcost of 2.5 million. The buy represents 3M’s first support of a documen› tary seriesand its first use of cor› porate institutional advertising.
In a talk given at Videotape Pro› ductions’ sixth anniversary open house.Harry Helzer, in charge of 3M’s advertising services, stated that3M will, be spendingalmost 1O million in advertising this season
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uced documentarieswill be aired this seasonand three next season.
1 11 Also, it was announced last week
that all of the documentarieswill benarratedby Van Heflin.
The programs will cover such subjects as important but little› known scientists,people who defy death,the life of MacArthur, theII "tribal customs"of teenagers.w Agencyfor 3M is BBDO.
public and simultaneously achieve a corporate growth objective."
For his part, Wolper declared:"The transaction will provide the financial ability to carry out the expansionand diversification plans which would not have been otherwise possiblenow."
Wolper Productions’ current sched› ule includessix tv specialsbeing prod› uced for the Xerox Co. and six spe› cials for 3M (see story on this page).
International Film & Tv Festival Winners Named
New York - A European filmed› in-color commercial for Pirelli Tires, produced by Insel-Film of Munich in a fast-paced style that looked like a JamesBond chasesequence,won the grand award for tv commercialsat the fourth International Film & Tv Fes› tival of New York here last week.
Other significant tv winners: the MPG-produced "rolling tire" com› mercial for Gulf Oil (best visual ef› fect); Stars & Stripes Productions’ "Ronson oily bird" (best animation); VPI’s "balloons" commercial for Up› john (best color); Barbara Feldon, Revlon’s "tiger girl" (best commercial actress).
Stations WFIL-TV Philadelphia, WGN-TV Chicago, WBNS-TV Co› lumbus and WRCV-TV Philadelphia won awards for public service shows.
Herbert Hoover In Radio’s Early Days
Washington- Broadcastsand cere› monieshere for former presidentHer› bert Hoover brought nostalgic mem› ories of radio’s early days to broad› casters who remembered Hoover’s guidance during the history-making National Radio Conference back in the ’20s.
It was under Hoover’s guidance,as secretaryof commerce in the Harding administration, that the young and wildcat radio industry in this country was given its first serious attention and discipline. At the time he called the first National Radio Conference, in 1922, there were 50 licensedbroad› casting stations, and by 1923 there were 550. Interference was intoler› able under the loose reins of Com› merce Dept. guardianship.
The radio conferences recom› mended allocating frequencies and classifying stations to bring order out of chaos, and the Commerce Dept. began to implement the suggestions. At the third conference in 1924 Hoover predicted the unlimited im› portance and growth of an industry in which "sales of radio apparatus had jumped from a million dollars a year to a million dollars a day."
Those were the days of the birth of networks, NBC in 1926, CBS in 1927, and the unforgettable call letters like WEAF, WGY, KDKA that held listening Americans glued to their sets.
Schroeder: ’More Independent Thinking in Radio’ Detroit - Although admitting that
radio is generally profitable, Willard Schroeder, joint board chairman of the NAB, seesa "cloud of somemag› nitude dulling the radio picture."
Speaking before the Institute of Broadcasting Financial Management, Schroeder pointed out that of the 3685 radio stations making 1963 fin› ancial reports to the FCC, 33 percent of them were loss operations.He also said that "as a result of present pro› graming practices, there has been a shrinking of the total radio audience -the sets-in-usefigure is not large enoughto enablea healthy radio busi› ness."
Conceding that formula radio has proved successful in many cases, Schroeder said: "Unfortunately the very sheepinstinct that initially caused
so many stations to embrace formula radio stimulated them to narrow the choice. If the rock-and-roll formula seemed to produce the most rating points, it was the one to copy."
Schroeder cited exceptions to the trend such as WSB Atlanta, WGN Chicago and WCCO Minneapolis. They and some others like them, he said, have evolved their programing on the basisof their "own independent thinking, their knowledge of their respective markets, the general savvy of their staffs. The result has been a consistenthistory of audience leader› ship and the resulting benefit of strong advertiser support."
Schroederadded: "Perhaps, if there is to be emulation, it’s this kind of ap› proach that should be copied by oth› er, less successfulstations."
October 26, 1964
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Polifical •1F.ilm;~~Y Mothers for Moral America May IB~ing•,•ini-the FCC GOP presidential candidate sends tract to cleaners after previews raised a storm of controversy
Washington - The feeling here is that the FCC will inevitably become embroiled in the Mothers for Moral America film fracas when and if the expurgated version finally hits the tv screenson the NBC network.
The film is a GOP tract on Amer› ica’s moral decay, and has been sent to the cleaners by Republican presi› dential candidateGoldwater after pre› views of the contents raised a storm of controversy.
Outragedprotest carnefrom Demo› cratic Committee chairman John M. Bailey that it was the "sickest," and he further tagged it as "smut," "prurient" and "prejudiced."
Network previewers agreed that a jolting 60 secondsof the moral decay aspects,from topless bathing suits to the recurring view of a big, black and very presidential limousine with a speeding, beer can-throwing driver, would have to come out.
The Mothers for Moral America, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., had previously announced the film as a "documentary film considered by motion picture industry leaders who have viewed it as the ’most powerful’
ever produced." (Comment was heard that the movie industry leader referred to in the announcement could only have been Joe Levine.)
National project director of the
mothers’ group is Mrs. Hiram C Houghton of Iowa City, Iowa, whc said the mothers of America contrib. uted the funds to produce the docu. mentary which is entitled, approorí› ately enough, "Choice." The film’s purpose is to show alternatives be-I tween decaying (read "Democratic") forces, and the good (read "Gold› water") leadership for the United States. It was to have been shown last Thursday, to the mothers of , America on the NBC daytime sched- ule. I
Networks Backed on Equal Time Decision Washington - In its decision to
exempt President Johnson’s Oct. 18 messageon foreign developmentsfrom equal time demands, the FCC grants that "the networks could properly determine that the President’s report, expressing the U.S. government’s policy in relation to those events,was a spot newsevent ... "
FCC’s follow-up explanation of its decision for exemption, last week, leans on two reasons. The first was that the President’sspeechon foreign developments"of an extraordinary na› ture" was a bona fide news event un› der the 1959 exemptions to the equal time statute. The other reason cited 1956 precedental exemption for the Eisenhower message on the Suez crisis, which was by inference "up› held" when congressional1959 amend› ments setting up news exemptionsdid not overturn the FCC decision.
The six to one majority on the com› mission has summed up the heart of the matter in onestraightforward para› graph midway through the five-page explanation, which gives the broad› casterhis due in news judgment:
"In short, we think that the net› works could reasonably conclude that statements setting forth the foreign policy of this country by its chief ex› ecutive in his official capacity con› stitute news in the statutory sense. Simply stated, they are an ac