Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 30, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Mon., Pee. !W, 1974
French Television System Is Dying Slow, Painful Death
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By John Viaerur
PABIS (AP) - The French television system of the De Gaulle years, sometimes described by its critics as the world’s worst, has barely one week to live.
The death of the Office de
Kadiodiffusion Television Franc aine (ORTF), the bureaucratic jellyfish that ran the three government-controlled networks and the national radio, was expected to he a merciful one that might lead to better programming,
greater economy and more objective news reporting.
Hut a plan to reorganize and decentralize television here by doing away with the ORTF starting dan ti has brought little more than agony.
Projected personnel reduc-
Animal Lover Criticizes Commission s Decision over Amanda Blake’s Cheetahs
PHOENIX, Ariz (AP) -The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has been criticized for allowing television actress Amanda Blake to keep wildlife at her suburban Scottsdale home while it confiscates a pet quail raised by a Phoenix boy.
“Miss Super Star sits out there and she can do anything she wants,” 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 instrumental in winning commission
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
The quail incident evoked a letter of protest last month from Sen Harry Goldwater (R-Ariz ). who dared the commission 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
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in the wild, and not from a state-approved source.
Robert Jantzen, director of the game department, admitted that Miss Blake had neither applied for nor received state permits to possess a kit fox or to breed cheetahs lie said a department investigator will check on her raccoons 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 attraction where wildlife is displayed in its natural habitat.
Jantzen said the department had “approved a temporary transfer of the kit fox to Miss Blake from the desert museum,” a transfer he admitted may have been illegal.
Commissioner Robert Spillman said such transfers only may be made between recognized zoos.
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lions and transfers have resulted in almost daily strikes over the last month, by newsmen for the most part, that have whittled down the program schedule on many days to the news broadcasts required by law and a single movie
Bitterness about firings and political in fighting is now so high that it does not seem possible that the six independent but stale-owned companies that will replace the ORTF could function normally from the* start.
“There is no way that French TV won t be worse,” said Christian Guy, a union official.
The need for reforming the ORTF was obvious. With 16.-200 employes and a budget this year of more than $500 million, it had the size of an international conglomerate, hut little direction.
Officially, in announcing the ORTF’s demise, the government said it was because of “a concern for decentral
ization” and a desire “to organize and spread out the office’s resources for the greater benefit of the* program
The criticism of its programming was widespread. News broadcasts, filled with endless statements by c abinet ministers, were accused of being transparently pro-government Prime time often amounted to imported game shows. And the technical level of production made the phrase “due to circ umstances beyond our control” a household cliche.
Although there was substantial live theater on TV, wide* agreement existed among Frenchmen that the situation needed change In July, just after the* election of Valery discard d’Fstaing, the* reorganization was approved by Parliament.
The* ORTF was divided into independent agencies for radio, the three* television networks, a production unit that will do all the networks’ shows, excepting news, on a
to-order basis, and a foreign sales and programming unit.
By the government’s count, 2,136 positions were being eliminated, representing a firing of 685 Of them 184 are said to be newsmen and 146 musicians.
“Among the newsmen,” said Guy, “they went for active union people and the guys who spoke their mind There was deadwood eliminated, sure, but the new people who are being brought rn are people who have* shown them
selves to Im* good at taking orders in past situations. It’s our feeling that the state will have* more power over news than ever before."
The system of having one production company for the three channels has been defended as likely to bo more efficient and to create a greater number of French television programs of high quality that can he sold outside France.
But its detractors say the
system is only a false way of balancing the budget with the three channels being required to give the production unit all their business, even when they could do it more cheaply elsewhere.
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.
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