America’s First Network TV Censor: The Work of NBC’s Stockton Helffrich. Robert Pondillo. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2010. 255 pp.
A member of the media faculty at Middle Tennessee State University, Pondillo relates the story of probably the best known (though today, largely forgotten) man who was the prime gatekeeper over what could appear or be discussed on NBC’s television network during its first dozen years. From the network’s start in 1948 until 1960, Helffrich’s word was law concerning the broad acceptability of program or advertising content. [Read more...]