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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
Alabama School Superintendent Tommy Bice is a being asked to pull the plug on Channel One.
The organization describes its programming on its website as a news source for teenagers nationwide. It goes on to say their mission is to inform, educate and inspire by making news relevant. But a Boston based non-profit called Campaign for a Commerical-Free Childhood oppose it.
"The biggest concern we have about Channel One is it is taking instructional time away from students. Instead, in place of instructional time students are being forced to watch commercials," Josh Golin with CCFC said.
The group sent a letter to Bice asking for a review of the programming.
"Investigate Channel One and to share that information with other school districts and urge local districts to suspend the use of Channel One till a review can be completed," Golin said.
"This is a technique to getting commercials to the children," UAB Pollster Larry Powell said.
Powell conducted a nationwide study of Channel One and found the programming wanting. "I don't think Channel One is providing the bang for the buck for the schools.
"I agree with the criticism that it would be more efficient if it was removed from secondary schools," Powell said.
Monday Bice released this statement about Channel One:
"I am surveying each of our 134 school systems today to determine the number who are currently using Channel One. Once I have that information I will determine the state's role in this effort as it is currently a local school board decision."