A Producer's Point of View on Television for Children

Henson, James
August 1971
Clinical Pediatrics;Aug1971, Vol. 10 Issue 8, p465
Academic Journal
This article presents information on the author's views on television for children. Television started out as a service to sell products. It was set up as an industry to put programs on the air, with payment for these programs coming from the people buying the products that sponsor the programs. People may moralize about this, but television is still an industry to sell products. Good shows cost money. If one wants to have good programs for children, these all cost money and someone has to pay for them. There is another problem. The networks were not set up to educate the children, although it is certain they are educating and influencing them. The whole influence of television has crept up on everyone. It was never intended to be the huge cultural force it has become. In the society three forces are now shaping the children's thinking; parents, the school and television. Both the parents and the school view everything they do towards children with some degree of responsibility. Television does not, and it will not until there are reasons, probably economic reasons, to do so.


Related Articles

  • A Network's Point of View Toward Programming for Children. Heineman, George // Clinical Pediatrics;Aug1971, Vol. 10 Issue 8, p466 

    This article presents information on the author's views on television for children in the U.S. The big problem in programming for children is the superimposition of the adult, especially the adult who wants to do things that he thinks are good for children. The author would like the child to...

  • Battle in the playground. Rouse, Lucy // Televisual;Jul2006, p26 

    The article highlights budget constraints in the operations of children's television channels and in the production of children's television shows in Great Britain. Emerging companies include CITV, Five which is expanding its Milkshake division to a digital channel Five Life, and other major...

  • Important TV Series.  // Exceptional Children;Jan1984, Vol. 50 Issue 4, p381 

    The article reports that the "Your Children My Children" television series will be broadcast on over 200 public television stations during the spring of 1984. The series producers are inviting agencies to support outreach activities in connection with the broadcasts.

  • It's Independents' Day. Freeman, Michael // MediaWeek;4/18/94, Vol. 4 Issue 16, p32 

    Focuses on independent producers of television programs for children. Optimisms; Challenges; Merchandising and licensing; Advertising and gross merchandising revenue; Financing support; Jim Henson Productions; Calico Entertainment; Klasky-Csupo Productions; Hearst Entertainment; Marvel...

  • Center for Media Education: Next ACT in kids advocacy. Jessell, Harry A. // Broadcasting & Cable;7/25/94, Vol. 124 Issue 30, p72 

    Features the Washington, D.C.-based group Center for Media Education (CME). Campaign to pressure broadcasters to air educational children's television programs; Release of report on stations' inadequate promotion and scheduling of educational programs; Grade for Washington, D.C. and Baltimore,...

  • NEW LINEUP.  // Boys' Life;Oct2002, Vol. 92 Issue 10, p6 

    Presents an update on television programs for kids as of October 2002.

  • What do you think are the best prime-time programs for children?  // Electronic Media;10/09/2000, Vol. 19 Issue 41, p10 

    Presents the responses of three television industry insiders when asked to name examples of quality prime-time programs for children in the United States. 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'; 'Malcolm in the Middle'; 'Touched by an Angel'; 'Wonderful World of Disney.'

  • Walking the kids tightrope. Tobenkin, David // Broadcasting & Cable;6/13/94, Vol. 124 Issue 24, p19 

    Presents highlights of a workshop on children's television at the 1994 Promax and Broadcast Designers Association Conference. Need for careful balancing to tap the potential of the children's television market and satisfy regulatory requirements for childrens' broadcasting content; Hot issues...

  • Wake-up Saturday.  // Televisual;Oct2001, p106 

    Interviews television producer Annette Williams on television programs. Preference for watching children's television programs; Favorite television programs; Criticisms against children's television.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics