Programming for educational television
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Given the opportunity by the Federal Communications Commission to establish Educational Television broadcasting stations, there has arisen in the minds of some educators and other community leaders a question as to their ability to cope with the problems inherent in this medium. Many question the integrity of teaching by television and wonder, again, if it is possible, even, to maintain a broadcast schedule to a worthwhile extent. Worthily, it has been recognized that program content and program availability is the sine qua non of any broadcasting operation, and that public-service type programming must, to an extent, compete with commercial offerings. The financing of a community educational station is the number one deterrent, of course, to the existence of more stations but, inextricably joined is this problem of programming. Hardly does there exist a financial opponent who doesn't ask for justification of the finances with evidence of adequate progress in program planning and execution; and, in fact, the Federal Communications Commission requires of education channel applicants sample program schedules. To the investigator it becomes apparent there are three main categories of program sources, classified: Network, Film, and Local-live. In this paper it is predicated that the burden of programming for a community educational television operation will be within the local-live category and, proceeding from this premise, it is sought: (1) to establish if community resources, people and organizations are a sufficient major source of programs; (2) to compile a comprehensive listing of consumated program efforts of educational organizations representative of this country's major geographical areas; (3) to discover if all the usual formats have been attempted and if among them there are those not best suited to educational television programming; (4) to indicate whether or not it is possible, in a measure, to achieve affinity between television student and teacher; (5) to chronicle the empirical and scientific research findings relative to successful educational television programming; (6) and to suggest some additional sources of program ideas and materials.
Thesis (M.S.)--Boston University
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