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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 11, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- mill cola Klit with lows Mid lo 1'nrlly cloudy CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1974 WASHINGTON (AP) Secre- tary of Slate Kissinger will visil mainland China Nov. 25-29, the state department announced Monday. The long anticipated trip, de- signed to maintain warming re- lations with Peking, will follow a minisummit in'Vladivostok, Russia, between President Ford and Soviet leader Leonid Brezh- nev. The announcement was made as Ford and Kissinger met to prepare Ford for his upcoming trip to the Far East. Ford said Kissinger returned from his 17- nation trip wilh "very encour- aging news." Ford and Kissinger discussi the secretary's 18-day trip three hours Sunday at Cam David, Md. They plan to confe about two hours each day th week in preparation for Ford Far East visit. The President and Kissing! depart for the Far East ne: Sunday. Ford said he was "loo! ing forward to a constructiv trip to Japan, South Korea an to the Soviet Union." Encouraging News Standing on the While IIous lawn with Kissinger after flyin back from Camp David, Foi said the secretary of stai brought back from the Midd East "some encouraging news and that Kissinger's meetin with Soviet leader Leoni Brezhnev "was very helpful." Kissinger returned to Wasl inglon Saturday expressing cor fidcnce that his trip had hclpe chances for peace in the Middl East and agreement with the So viet Union to limit nuclca arms. Ford also told newsmen lha Kissinger's talks in India, Bang ladesh and Pakistan .had bee "very helpful in redirecting ou policy in that vitally importan area of the world." Turning to Kissinger, For said he wanted to thank you, very an vil! result from he (strike. We continue to be lopeful that tnc collective bar- fining process will work 'lie prospccls for settlement arc good." i an Oklahoma law prohibiting Bulh Farmer, the chief industry negotiator, and UMW President Arnold Miller said after Sunday night's session that they were getting closer to an agreement but indicated that it still was several days away. "In the Woods" When asked what he would be doing now if he were a miner lack'in West Virginia, Miller said, "I'd be in the woods some- where, hunting." Each day of delay will further irolong the strike, now expected .0 last at least two weeks. That's the estimated time rc- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 2.) Ihe display of the names of wai dead in anti-war demonstrations without family permission. Refused to grant an order saving former Army Capl. How- ard Levy from serving nine days in jail while he is ap- pealing a conviction, for anti- war statements and conduct while he was in the army. Denied the bids of defendants in three separate obscenity cases lo have their convictions reviewed by the supreme court. Denied the bids of defendants lo U.S. postal service policies designed lo persuade older em- yes to retire early at Ihe time that the postal service was reorganized as an independent agency in 1971. Declined to review a series of lower-court decisions upholding state laws permitting reposses- sion of goods purchased under in- t a 11 m e n t contracts without court action or a hearing. Head-on into Crisis Nation's Economic Ills Affect TV Future Editor's Nolc: This is the iccond of a three-part series >n Ihe happy days in Ilolly- vood which have emerged rom a period when bankrupl- y yawned on every band, 'rom this vantage; point, how- ver, one can discern .some ark clouds. !y Marilyh Keck- On Ihc surface, all is sun- shine network financial statements aglow with figures of lop gross income for Ihe last fiscal year. Uiil in Ihe pruelralia of Iclevision execu- tive cirrlos, s t o r m clouds hover. Those who churl I ho course of home onlerlainmcnt know dark arc upon the hori- zon which will force a dras- lic readjustment in the quality of program being fed Ihc pub- lic. The Iclevision industry doesn't like to lalk about ii, but it is crashing head-on into crisis. National economic ills are already beginning to have their effect on TV industry. According to some in the know, those miisl grow more acule in u p c o m i n u "The networks arc begin- ning lo reveals John Milchcll, President of Colum- bia Pictures-TV. "A.s business goes from bad to worse around the coimlry, major advcrliscrs like Iho automobile firms arc slashing their TV r- Using budgets. 1 understand the networks are already dis- counting commercial lime for the January season and Ihey'rc passing on the .pres- sure to us." Mitchell's firm is one of some M companies that pro- vide product to which are under attack right now lo cut down costs. NBC President Robert Howard ad- mils iie'.s had meetings wilh most of Ihe major production firms, to stress Ihe serious- ness of the problem Sind lo make it clear Hint his network will be looking in the months ahead, "Kor grealcr efficien- cy, greater value in what we pay for." As far ils (he .sluiHr.s ;n i-1 on- cerncd, keeping costs down is easier suggested than done. In this lime of spiraling infla- tion, the cost of producing a prime-time scries is up 20 per- cent from 1969 with every indication that costs will rise another 13 percent, within the next fuw years. Many studio heads feel the only alternative left is lo change the direction of Ihe products they're mak- ing. reaching a says Mile-hell, "where we can't afford lo make a dramatic show like 'Police Story' and the networks can't afford to buy it. They're nlroady run- ning about 110 days late in paymenls and I can'l see ,im Ilial llii% situation will improve. I tell you, I wake up during the night in a cold .sweat, worrying how we're go- ing lo be .able to overcome these money problems." As Ihe light-money problem grows more severe, a switch in programming emphasis is already making itself appar- ent in the network's announce- ments of variety shows that will Hood the tube. next. year. Not only can such shows be taped tape is so much more economical to edit, we expect to be switching more of our shows to says NBC's Bob Howard) they can also be produced at a fraction of Ihe cost of a dra- malic show. The Di-ci Mar Davis variely show will fill up an hour of prime time at. the approximate cost of An "Kojak" episode costs in Ihe neighborhood of The budget, for a 90- minule television movie has spiraled to and has become such a losing proposi- tion that many industry insid- ers predict it will become a forgotten video art form. Mfl.M-TV Vice president Md ward Monlanus echoes the concern of liis induslrv i.'ol- UMW Walkout Poses Threat to Steel Industry PITTSBURGH (AP) The sleel industry, bolstered by a lo-strikc agreement wilh steel- vorkcrs and headed toward profits through Ihc first hree quarters of 197-1, faces a I major threat from the impeml- jing coal strike. The consensus of industry an- alysts was thai if (he strike lasts more than two weeks, layoffs of thousands of steel- workers will begin and produc- tion will be curlailcd signifi- cantly. Kvon if a tentative agreement is r e a c Ii c d rank-and-filc members must approve it be- fore the strike ends under Ihe union's no contract-no work Ira- dition. Ratification is expected lake eight to 10 days. Causes Shutdowns'.' The strike would be i f j i i nr ciiiii SIMM; mniiu in: leagues he refers Mr- vision as an "economically sick industry. Hisinj; costs, I be mortality rale of TV shows, and Hie drying up (if Ihc for- eign anarkct, hi; feels, have ifnitSiniH'il: Col. i.) ilaxrs, lion-led indebtedness 10,
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