Public Outrage Forces Cable Channel Response: Watch 2 Min Internet Video

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The removal of the Emmy Award winning Full Disclosure™ program from a public cable channel has sparked a number of complaint calls to the City Government Channel, thus prompting the management to refer complaints to the Council Sponsor of the program who they say was solely responsible for terminating the program. Full Disclosure Network™ is now presenting a 2 minute Video News Alert at the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/restore_fdn.php on their web site, encouraging viewers to express their concerns and urging the program to be restored to the channel line up.

The removal of the Emmy Award winning Full Disclosure™ program from a public cable channel has sparked a number of complaint calls to the City Government Channel, thus prompting the management to refer complaints to the Council Sponsor of the program, who they say was solely responsible for terminating the program.

Full Disclosure Network™ is now presenting a 2 minute Video News Alert at the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/restore_fdn.php on their web site, encouraging viewers to express their concerns and urging the program to be restored to the channel line up.

The video contains an exclusive one minute tape recorded response from Tony Ighani, Station Manager of the L.A. CityView Channel 35. In the message, Ighani is referring calls from citizens complaining about the abrupt termination of the Full Disclosure™ program on the channel to Councilman Bernard Parks District 8 office by calling 213-473-7008.

The response of the CityView Channel raises questions as to why the program was terminated: no specific allegations of impropriety were cited. The Full Disclosure Network™ —an educational, non-profit organization—has been providing public affairs programming to the CityView Channel, free of charge, as a public service since 1992.

The following June 14, 2006 termination letter was sent by Councilman Bernard Parks office, citing that the Full Disclosure™ program had aired “recent programs with contentious content” and therefore was terminating his sponsorship immediately. This curious Email was sent by Parks to Producer Leslie Dutton, raising more questions than it answered due to the conflicting accounts.

In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented an Public Affairs Emmy Award to Full Disclosure Producer Leslie Dutton for the Series entitled "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism" featuring LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, L. A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca, LAPD Lt. Ken Hillman, L. A. Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas. The program is billed as "the news behind the news" and is featured on 43 cable systems and the world wide Internet at http://www.fulldisclosure.net.

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