Cover: Televised Ombudsman.

Televised Ombudsman.

Published 1968

by Kathleen Archibald, Ben H. Bagdikian

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Proposal for a television program on which people in poverty areas could voice specific complaints with which the program would confront the responsible public or private agencies, request action, and follow up afterward. A skilled and fluent master of ceremonies, who is clearly not representative of established authority, would be essential to protect the program from becoming dull, repetitious, maudlin, irrational, or destructively hostile. Community groups such as the Sons of Watts or Venice Gangbusters could be used to check out complaints and the resulting action or inaction. Possible formats range from fairly elaborate documentaries to walking the street with a handheld camera and asking passersby, "What's bugging you?"

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