Accession Number : AD0669319

Title :   TELEVISED OMBUDSMAN,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Archibald,Kathleen ; Bagdikian,Ben

Report Date : MAY 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : Newspaper 'action line' features and radio talk shows have been growing in popularity in recent months. Several state governments have set up or are thinking of setting up ombudsman offices to provide individuals with a channel for specific complaints about the 'system.' We think there is a role for television as well in this field. This report discusses the possibilities of setting up a televised ombudsman program. An ombudsman program would permit people in poverty areas to make complaints about specific conditions. These would be broadcast, either live or delayed. The program would also confront the responsible parties, usually a municipal or state agency, a retail establishment, or a landlord, and request action on these specific complaints. We assume that telecasting valid complaints from poverty area residents can produce results by the force of publicity. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, *TELEVISION SYSTEMS), TELEVISION STATIONS, URBAN AREAS, PUBLIC OPINION, POLITICAL SCIENCE, POPULATION, CULTURE, INTERACTIONS

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE