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Southern Broadcaster Says TV Coverage of Freedom Riders "Overplayed"

July 24, 1961 - A Southern broadcaster said today that TV stations in his region were "getting it from our own people" because of network coverage of racial problems in the South. Walter J. Brown, president of WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, S.C., cited a letter from a woman who called for the establishment of a Southern TV network. Mr. Brown said that the problem had come to a climax with coverage of the Freedom Bus riders, which he believes the networks have "overplayed." He has suggested that the presidents of state broadcasting associations get together and confer with networks about what he called programs that "are slanted against the South." Mr. Brown's station is affiliated with CBS.


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