Coalition Seeks to Boost Election Coverage

Jul 19, 2004  •  Post A Comment

A coalition of watchdog groups announced a campaign Monday aimed at encouraging TV station managers to sign pledges agreeing to air at least two hours of election-related coverage during prime time each week until the Nov. 2 elections.

“We hope that the launch of this grass-roots campaign will remind local station managers and the parent networks that, especially in an election year, the broadcast license is a powerful tool that requires coverage of the most important reality show of all — our democracy,” said Celia Viggo Wexler, VP for advocacy of Common Cause, one of the groups involved in the campaign.

Other groups participating in the campaign include the Office of Communications of the United Church of Christ, the Alliance for Better Campaigns, the Benton Foundation and MediaChannel.org.