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JEF
Interviewee: Frank Stanton
Session #13
Interviewer: Mary Marshall Clark
New York City
Date: October 14, 1993

Stanton:

--fine. They're little scavengers.

Q:

Really. Today is October the 14th, 1993, and I'm sitting in the office of Dr. Frank Stanton, beginning our thirteenth session.

Stanton:

Thirteenth?

Q:

Thirteenth session. We had decided, somewhat luckily, to talk about the rise of cable today. It so happens that on October 13th, 1993--what was it, a $30 billion purchase of Atlantic Bell buying Telecommunications happened? So we're starting to talk about this on the right day.

I want to start by just asking you how Viacom got started. Was it from sold-off properties from CBS?

Stanton:

Well, the government, in the late sixties, I believe, or around 1970.

[Telephone Interruption]

In the late sixties, or possibly early seventies, the FCC promulgated rules that would take



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