Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 12, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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By Jay Sharbutt
Local and Network News
NEW YOUK (Al*) - The TV news business is the subject of today’s dissertation. First up: The recent decision by WNBC-TV here to start doing a two-hour local evening news show by mid-April or early May.
The step is considered radical for Fun City, but remember, this is a hamlet where attending old movies is considered avant garde.
The long form of local TV news is old hat for Los Angeles viewers. It began there in April 1968 at KNBC-TV, an NBC-owned station, with two hours of local, state, national and world news in the early evening each week night.
The first show ran from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by the national half-hour NBC news and then another hour-long local news show. .
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The format was changed in
November 1970 to two separate, but consecutive, local evening news shows. They started at 4 p.m., ended at 6 p.m. and were followed by the “NBC Nightly News”.
It still works that way and the long form concept there is starting to get competition from two other major TV stations.
Last week, rival KNXT, owned by CBS, went from an hour-long evening news show to 90 minutes, starting at 4:30 p.m. The new format features separate half-hour and hour-long news programs, each with its own anchorman, before the “CBS Evening News” at 6 p.m.
And this spring, another network-owned station in Los Angeles, KABC-TV, is moving to a two-hour local news format in the early evening, according to Al Primo, vicepresident for news at ABC’s five TV stations.
He said the same spring
change will occur at KHO TV, the network’s San Francisco station.
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ABC-TV’i fine “Close-Up”
investigative series plans to investigate — stand by, now television. It’ll Im* the September offering for the series, recently Hewed for a second season.
Av Westin, ABC News’ vicepresident for documentaries, says the show won’t involve the oft-criticized television news area.
Instead, it’ll concentrate on the equally-criticized area of entertainment programming by all three major TV networks.
He says it will cover “the decision -making processes that bring certain kinds of programming to the air,” and also touch on the controversial ratings that decide the fate of network TV shows.
CBS’ “60 Minutes”, which last month did an excellent study of junkets and other journalistic problems, now is toiling on a new piece about local TV news shows, using the colorful San Francisco market to illustrate what is happening in many regions.
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Among other things, it’ll inspect the role of “news consultants” hired to suggest ways local TV news efforts can draw more viewers.
However, Harry Moses, producer of the segment, says the advisors aren’t the main thrust of the story, filmed at three stations—KRON, KOO and KPIX—-now engaged in a hard scrap for ratings leadership. .
He says the major emphasis is on the ratings fight and its effect on the local news shows: “There used to be newspaper circulation wars and now there’s a rating war. And it’s not just in San Fran-cisco. It’s all over the country.”
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3 B.S. Oil Firms FEO Tells Problems in to Jfi Sod.'Project Independence
HEI RUT (URI) Libya announced Monday it is completely nationalized three American oil companies in “a severe blow to American interests in tile Arab world,” Tripoli radio said.
Tripoli radio said the three companies involved were Texaco, Asia of California and Libyan-American.
The government of Col. Mo-amniur Khadafy last September nationalized 51 percent of all three companies, along with several others, anc! warned that it would take over UMI percent if the "companies did not agree to the nationalization terms.
The Tripoli radio news broadcast that Jinnounced the new takeovers Monday pointed out they coincided with the Washington conference of major oil importing nations.
The three companies involved have only about 5 percent of Libya’s production daily oil production of approximately 2 billion barrels.
The Tripoli radio broadcast did not give specific reasons for the IOO percent takeover.
The broadcast said a special committee would be formed to study the accounts of the three companies and decide what compensation should he paid.
Foreign employes of the companies may choose either to stay at their jobs or to leave the country, the broadcast said, lf they remain, they will receive their current pay and privileges.
Khadafy’s government has consistently been the most aggressive of the Arab oil producing nations in eliminating foreign interests and raising prices. Libyan oil currently sells at just under $20 a barrel, more than four times the rate of one year ago.
WASHINGTON (Al’) - For the U.S. to lie energy-indepen-dent by 1980, the U.S. consumer will have to drive a more economical car and pay higher gasoline prices, the Federal Energy Office says. There’s more.
Energy officials say independence also will mean higher parking fees, vehicle registration fees and fuel taxes, and maybe a tax on high energy-consuming appliances.
Industries must cut the energy they use in manufacturing, recycle more of their materials, and shift their schedules to spread their use of electricity more evenly over the calendar and the clock.
The electric power industry itself must shift more of its plants from burning oil to burning coal, the FEO says. As a result the nation must put off for five years the achievement of some of its clean-air standards. While all this is going on, coal production must increase 60 percent, oil production 22 percent, natu raj gas production 15 percent, and atomic power—now only a
small contributor ply tenfold.
Statute Expires On Pact, Judge Dismisses Suit
All this, it turns out, is what President Nixon meant by “Project Independence”, his call last month for a drive to make the U.S. self-sufficient in energy by 1980.
The Federal Energy Office unveiled the details Monday in a background paper issued at the conference of major oil-consuming nations.
With the sudden tripling of foreign oil prices since last October, the FEO paper said, “It is clear that there has been a fundamental change in the economics of petroleum production.
! creased more than 5 percent annually for the last three years, and the FEO said studies indicated a long-range growth of about 3.6 percent per year, or more.
The growth of demand must, instead, be cut to 2 percent a
year, the FEO said.
“The consumer will undertake some energy conservation in his home,” it said. “However, most of his savings will come in his use of the automobile.
“The higher price of gasoline will encourage the consumer to buy more economical cars, to join car pools, and to ase mass transit.
“It will also change his recreational habits and affect his lifestyle in other gasoline-saving ways,” FEO said.
The FEO said the administra-
The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tues., Feb. 12, 1074
Auto Production Back to Normal
DETROIT (AP) -- Auto pro- Dayton, Ohio, were back at duction returned to normal work. Chrysler reported 7,000 Monday after a week in which employes on four-hour shifts 15,000 workers were laid off or iast W(,(>k returned to full time assigned to half-time shifts be wor^ Q^y a few hundred cause of the strike by indepen- \ .... . i
dent truck drivers. workcrs at Ford werp a,fectol
American Motors (AMO, s*r*ke f°r one (^ay
which at one time last week had week,
more than a third of its 24,000
man work force idled, said 7.800 IO YEARS AGO — The deemployes returned to work Mon fense department announced day. AMU is the most heavily that no more families of mili-dependent of the U.S. au- tary people or civilian employes tomakers on truck shipments of would be sent to Guantanamo auto parts. and that dependents there would
General Motors said 2,200 be moved over the next two
workers at a Delco plant in years.
tion plans to increase mass “This fundamental change)transit facilities and encourage
renders obsolete virtually all previous predictions of consumption and production of energy for 1980 and subsequent years.”
In recent years, the report said, U.S. energy production has grown about 3 percent per year. It must grow about 4.6 percent per year to achieve energy independence by 1980.
U.S. energy demand has in-
commuters to use them.
“This can be done by increased parking fees, registration fees and fuel taxes,” the; FEO said.
It said automobile fuel ef-! ficiency must increase from the present 13.5 miles per gallon of gasoline to 17 miles per gallon by 1985, through “consumer choice encouraged by higher! priced gasoline.”
The statute of limitations has run out on an $18,500 promissory note held by Western Soils Co. of Waterloo on a Minnesota farmer, Cedar Rapids Federal Judge Edward McManus ruled Friday in dismissing a suit based on the note.
The company sought a total of $24,492.82 from Arthur Skolness, doing business as Skolness Farms, Glyndon, Minn., for the promissory note and interest.
The note, issued Nov. 15, 1965, was due March 15, 1966. Minnesota Transaction Skolness asked that tile suit dismissed or a change of be granted transferring the action to Minnesota where he claimed the transaction took place.
The note had been issued as payment for fertilizer purchased
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Senate Gets Hunting license Abuse Bill
DES MOINES (AP) - The be
Iowa house acted Monday to crack down on the purchase of resident hunting and fishing licenses by persons who do not live in the state
a misdemeanor for a nonresident to purchase a resident hunting or fishing license.
The bill provides that procuring or use of resident license by a non-resident nullifies the license and subjects the person so doing to a fine of up to $100 or 30 days in jail.
powdered form as requested and so was unusable in spreading equipment, he said.
He claimed a company official told him not to pay for it.
Cited Statute Skolness asked for the dis-
Rep. Dennis Butler (R-Council m i s s a I, claiming Minnesota’s Bluffs) said the Iowa conserva-1 six-year statute of limitations on tion commission has found that written contracts had expired. a substantial number of per- j Iowa has a ten-year statute of sons living in adjoining states limitations for written con-buy resident Iowa licenses, giv- tracts, McManus reported, but mg a fictitious Iowa address in includes a provision that the order to avoid the higher out-of- statute of limitations from an-statefees. other state can apply when the
An Iowa resident hunting Ii-transaction occurred there, cense costs $5, a fishing license He ruled Skolness had shown $4 and a combination license $8. adequate proof the transaction A non-resident hunting license occurred in Minnesota and the costs $25 and non-resident fish- Waterloo firm had not chosen to ing licenses costs $5 for IO days contest the motion for dismissal or $10 for longer than IO days. in quashing the suit.
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