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One of the more significant findings of the Harris survey was thatbroadcasters will move to DTV local program origination faster than generallyanticipated, and that they expect to offer more locally produced news with DTV.

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Mundy, Greg. 1982. “Free enterprise” or “public service”? The origins of broadcasting in the US, UK and Australia. Journal of Sociology 18.3: 279–301. DOI:

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Official credit for inspiring television's first trade association goes to Klaus Landsberg, an innovator on the technical and production side of broadcasting. Hired by Paramount Pictures in 1941 to launch its Hollywood television station, Landsberg reportedly embarked on a junket in 1943 to garner "support for an organization which would represent the television interests." According to a TBA publication, "television interests were disorganized and seemingly getting nowhere" at this time. Landsberg was president of the Society of Television Engineers (STE), and that organization formally created the TBA in January 1944 at STE's Chicago convention. Landsberg's role in the TBA's formation is illustrative of Paramount's multipronged approach to television investment in the late 1930s and 1940s. As explained by Christopher Anderson, Hollywood studios looked to television's potential to mitigate some of the industrial turmoil already under way. Paramount's partial ownership of DuMont Laboratories was emblematic of such a strategy; as Michele Hilmes argues, the DuMont deal was not a random act of diversification. It coincided with the 1938 antitrust suit against the Hollywood studios, so the purchase, for Hilmes, "indicate[d] the direction at least one studio was preparing to take in the event of divestiture." Paramount's link to a television trade association through Landsberg and DuMont—an original member of TBA—was further evidence of the studio's comprehensive outlook for the industry.

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David Sarnoff, an early exponent of broadcast radio, persuaded the Radio Corporation of America to begin an AM broadcasting service which rapidly grew in popularity.

David Sarnoff Quotes / Quotations / Picture Quotes and …

"Television Today and Tomorrow," speech by David Sarnoff, May 18, 1931; Folder 132: David Sarnoff (1930–1935); File 21; Box 9; Library of American Broadcasting Hedges Collection (LAB), College Park, MD.

Popular Radio and the Origins of Broadcasting

A new committee, headed by Harold Hough of independent station WBAP-TV in Fort Worth, Texas, planned to hold a meeting in Chicago on January 19, 1951, for "television broadcasters from the entire nation [. . .] to see that the expanded, autonomous NAB-TV is set up the way they want it." If everything went according to plan at the Chicago meeting, the NAB expected NAB-TV to be fully operational by April 1, 1951. Surpassing the purely advisory role of the original Television Committee, the new Television Board would have five primary duties, including the power "to enact, amend and promulgate Standards of Practice or Codes and to establish such methods to secure observance thereof." No such code existed yet, but the NAB surely was looking ahead to mounting concerns about the content of television programs.