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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 30, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gaitlle: Mun., Dec. 9 French Television System Is Dying Slow, Painful Death By Vlitciir PAKIS The French television system of the DC Caullc years, sometimes de- scribed by its critics as the world's wtirst. has barely one wiv-k la live. The death of the Office de Hadiodiffuslon Television Francalse the bu- reaucratic jellyfish thut ran the three government-con- Irollcd networks and the na- lional radio, was expected to be a merciful one that illicit lead to better programming, greater economy and more objective news reporting. Hut a plan to and television here by doing away with the OKTF starling Jan. (i has brought lit- tle more than agony. I'rujeclt'tl personnel rodui- Animal Lover Decision over PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona (iauic and Fish Commission has been cri- ticized for allowing television actress Amanda Blake to keep wildlife at her suburban Scoltsdale home while it con- fiscates a pet quail raised by a Phoenix boy. "Miss Super Star sits out there and she can do anything she Mel Lovell, self- described animal lover, told the commission last week. "She can have a mountain lion, otters, kit fox, cheetahs any wild animal she wants. You let a kid try to keep a quail and the department seizes it." Lovell, who was instrumen- tal in winning commission Criticizes Commission's Amanda Blake's Cheetahs approval last May of rules to prohibit keeping wildlife by private individuals, reminded the commission of its action in seizing a pet quail raised by Jack King, jr., 13, of Phoenix. Dares Commission The quail incident evoked a letter of protest last month from Sen. Barry Goldwater who dared the com- mission to confiscate the hundreds of quail who feed at his north Phoenix home. King raised the quail, named Hercules, from an egg which was found on the desert after its parents had been killed. The commission denied his application for a permit because the egg was obtained Theater Time for Monday WOULD "Flesh Cordon" KASTOWN 2 "Animal (i, 8, 111: shorts Crackers" 8; 2, "Bank Dick" TIMES "The Trial of Bil- ly Jack" MARION Features at 11, KASTOWN 1 "Airport 1975" CINEMA X Features at in the wild, and not from a state-approved source. Robert director of the game department, admit- ted that Miss Blake had neither applied for nor received state permits to possess a kit fox or to breed cheetahs. He said a department inves- tigator will check on her rac- coons and mountain lion, which he said may be exempt from ownership rules because they were in her possession before last May. Miss Blake acquired the kit fox from the Arizona-Sonora desert museum, a Tucson at- traction where wildlife is displayed in its natural habi- tat. Question Transfer Janlzen said the department had "approved a temporary transfer of the kit fox to Miss Blake from the desert a transfer he ad- mitted may have been illegal. Commissioner Robert Spill- man said such transfers only may be made between recog- nixed zoos. lions and transfers have re- sulted in almost dally strikes over the last month, by news- men for the most part, that have whittled down (lit; pro- gram schedule on many days to Die news broadcasts re- quired by law and a single tiiovie. Bitterness about firings and political in-fighting Is now so high dial it does not seem pos- sible thai (he six independent but stale-owned companies lhat will replace the OKTF could [unction normally from the slart. "There is no way lhat French TV won't be said Christian a union of- ficial. The need for reforming the OKTF was obvious. Wilh 200 employes and a budget Ibis year of more lhan million, il had (he size of an international conglomerate, bul liltie direction. Widespread Criticism Officially, in announcing the ORTF's demise, the gov- ernment said il was because of "a concern for decenlral- NOW Playing I WORLD DOWNTOWN ALL SEATS MIDNIGHT SHOW NEW YEAR'S EVE! eter Locke Jim Buckley Present A Mammoth Films Release I I NOT TO BE I CONFUSED 1 WITH THE ORIGINAL "FLASH f GORDON" IN METRO COLOR "A super-porno tribute to the "Way We X-rated answer to 'American Graffiti: "DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN Drive-In theaters were known as "PASSION .C IN COLOR! NAPPERS' VRATED xx XXX SHOWS DAILY ritA.M.-9P.M. LATE SHOW SAT. IIP.M. 755 lOlh St. THEATRE PHONE 377-1482 MEW ADVL7 7KEA7RS SHOW 11 9PM UTE SHOW FRU SAT. 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News broadcasts, filled with endless statements by cabinet ministers, were accused of being transparently pro-gov- ernment. I'rime time often amounted to imported game shows. And the technical level of production made the phcaso "due lo circumstances beyond our control" a household cliche. Although there was sub- stantial live theater on TV, wide agreement existed among Frenchmen that the situation needed change. In July, jusl after the election of Valery Giscard d'Kstaing, the reorganization was approved by Parliament. Independent Agencies The OHTF was divided into independent agencies for ra- dio, Ihe three television net- works, a production unit that will do all tile networks' shows, excepting news, on a to-order. basis, and a foreign sales and programming unit. I5y the government's count, positions were being eliminated, representing a fir- ing of (185. Of them 184 are said to be newsmen and Hli musicians. "Among the said (juy, "they went for ae- live union people and the guys who spoke their mind. There was deadwood eliminated, sure, but the new people who are being brought in are peo- ple who have shown them- selves to be good at taking or- ders In past situations. It's our feeling that the state will have more power over news than ever before." Defend System The system of having one production company for the three channels has been de- fended as likely to be more ef- ficient and to create a greater number of French television programs of high quality that can be sold outside France. But its detractors say the system is only a false way of balancing the budget with Ihe three channels being required to give the production unit all their business, even when they could do it more cheaply else- where. When the first productions will appear is now unclear. The delay, with the possibility of more strikes after the new year, could be as much as a year. Celebrate New Year's with us. 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THRIFT 3 to 4 8 pcs. chicken, 1 pt. mashed potatoes, pt. gravy, I pt. salad (your 6 biscuits. ECONOMY 4 to 6 1 2 pcs. chicken, 1 pt. mashed potatoes, 1 pt. gravy, 1 pt. salad, (your 9 biscuits. FAMILY 5 to 7 15 pcs. chicken, 1 pt. mashed potatoes, 1 pt. gravy, 2-pts. salad (your 1 2 biscuitf PARTY 7 to 10 20 pcs. chicken, 2 pts. mashed potatoes, 1 pt. gravy, 2 pts. mashed potatoes, 1 pt. gravy, 2 pts. salad (your 1 5 biscuits REGULAR DINNER 3 pcs. chicken, mashed potatoes gravy; cole slaw, biscuit. 39 JFWID CEDAR RAPIDS 201 IstAVE. WEST Winners of our Christmas Baskets were: JO ANN BURNS Cedar Rapids JOYCE HUTCHINSI MARION MARION 835 7th AVENUE TAKE
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