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NATIONAL PTA ACCLAIMS PEGGY CHARREN AS GOLIATH OF CHILDREN'S TV; EXPRESSES REGRET OVER HER RESIGNATION

NATIONAL PTA ACCLAIMS PEGGY CHARREN AS GOLIATH OF CHILDREN'S TV;
 EXPRESSES REGRET OVER HER RESIGNATION
 CHICAGO, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The National PTA, an organization of over 7 million members devoted to quality TV programming for children, expressed regret over the resignation of Peggy Charren as the executive director of Action for Children's Television (ACT).
 "Peggy Charren was the 'Goliath' of children's television during extremely important years," said National PTA President Pat Henry. "She took on the TV giants, sometimes singlehandedly, and children are the better for her commitment and devotion," Henry continued.
 Since the inception of ACT in 1968, the National PTA and Charren have worked closely on many issues including program length commercials, the landmark 1974 "Children's Television Report and Policy Statement," countless petitions before the FCC, and advertising in the public school classroom.
 "But the sweetest victory," said Henry, "was when the Congress passed the Children's TV Act of 1990, after over 10 years of waiting. Charren lobbied the Congress, took on the broadcasters, led a coalition of over 20 child advocacy organizations, and persevered despite great odds. At a time when effective child advocates are at a premium, Peggy Charren will indeed be missed. Our hope is that despite this resignation, this quality voice for children's programming will continue to be heard."
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 /CONTACT: Dawne Simmons or Stacey Moore, 312-787-0977, or Arnold Fege, 202-331-1380, all of the National PTA/ CO: National PTA; Action for Children's Television ST: IN: SU:


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