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which he thought was inadequate, was to take the highlights of the testimony in a prime-
time report, as against letting it carry on hour after hour in the daytime, when the
audience was very small and when it isn't the kind of audience that's interested in that
kind of material. Judged against some of the things that have happened today, with C-
Span and so forth, it's a little different today.
But we weren't turning our back on coverage. I think we were using the medium as
effectively as we could to move the information and to get it to the audience in prime time.
I did not participate in the decision that Jack [John A.] Schneider made, who was then
head of the broadcast group. As I recall that situation, it involved two things. Not only did
Schneider make a judgement that we would not clear time for a live coverage of the
hearing. He made that judgement, which offended some of the people in News. Some of
the people didn't feel it was worth the kind of dustup that took place.
But the thing that happened just prior to that was that I had reorganized the
responsibilities of the senior executive, and made Schneider responsible for the television
network, the radio side and news. And Friendly was unhappy about not being able to
report right to the top. He chose, in my opinion, the denial of live time for hearings that we
couldn't even be sure were going to be worthy of the time, to complain about the reporting
procedure at the same time. So it was a mixed situation, and if you give an officer
responsibility and you, the first time or virtually the first time he exercises it, undercut
him, you've destroyed the whole situation.
I certainly backed Schneider. I thought it was the right decision that he made, and I
thought Friendly behaved very badly and told him so and that was that. I think I would do
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