How many times have you wished you could see what goes on behind the scenes at Sesame Street? One would think that once the director calls, "Cut!" it isn't about ABC's and the number 7 anymore, and they'd be right.
A new study released in medical journal Pediatrics shows that TV watching during the school week lowers school performance. The study was conducted by pediatricians Iman Sharif and James D. Sargent to test the effects of television, movie, and video game screen time and content on adolescents, a previously untested age group.
Of the 4,500 sudents who participated in the study, 50 percent of those who watched no TV during the week performed excellent in school. The study also showed that the odds of doing worse in school increased with the number of channels that were available to the children.
The doctors used three test variables to measure the effect of TV viewing on school performance: cable movie channel availability, parental television content restriction, and parental R-rated movie restriction. The frequency with which parents let their kids ...Read more
President Bush Wednesday installed self-described conservative writer and producer Warren Bell on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports US public television and radio.
Bell, who was nominated in June, writes for the conservative magazine The National Review and was previously a writer and producer for Coach and Ellen, two popular TV series in the 1990s.
The Senate Commerce Committee had been scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing for him in September but he was dropped from the agenda because of concerns by both Republicans and Democrats.
The Los Angeles Times reported that some of Bell's fellow writers said he had made negative comments about funding public broadcasting, a charge he denied. No action on his nomination was taken by the Senate before it adjourned earlier this month.
Bush's recess appointment allows Bell to hold the board position until Congress adjourns next year, the White ...Read more
Cablevision Systems Corporation and Sesame Workshop announced Monday the launch of Sesame Street Games, a subscription service featuring Elmo, Grover, Zoe, and other well-known Muppet denizens of the famous urban neighborhood.
The games initially will be available to iO: Interactive Optimum digital cable customers throughout the New York metropolitan area, but the companies have hopes to go much wider, said Jeff Fleishman, Sesame Workshop assistant vice president of business development at Interactive Media.
Consumers pay $4.95 a month for unlimited use of the service, which is accessed by pressing a button on the television remote control.
Fleishman added that Sesame Street Games will help youngsters learn about letters, numbers, shapes, colors, problem solving, and more. "These games have been developed for interactive television, and they're not available anywhere else," he said.
Three ...Read more