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MAJOR TRENDS OF THE DECADE

(radio) 1980- By this point, educational radio has been all but eliminated, replaced by educational television. (Saettler, 1990)

(radio) early 1980's- The Reagan administration suggests funding cuts for NPR; it these will almost destroy the network and will result in the loss of the majority of its arts and cultural programs. (Saettler, 1990)

(tv) 1980- The PBS satellite broadcasting system, which uses Westar, is in operation. (Saettler, 1990)

(tv) 1980- As of this point, 36 of 48 surveyed states have units responsible for instructional television within their state education agencies. (Taylor, 1980)

(tv) 1980- Due to rapid developments in audiovisual recording technology, agencies circulating videotapes report lack of firm format preferences, with preferences divided between VHS, 3/4", and Betamax. (Brodeur, 1982). These technological fluctuations probably had a negative impact on the recording and re-use of instructional television.

(tv) 1981- The Annenberg/CPB project is endowed. (CPB web site)

(tv) 1982- The National Institute of Mental Health report "Television and Behavior: Ten Years of Scientific Progress and Implications for the Eighties" is published.

(tv) 1983- A survey indicates that during the 1982-1983 school year, 70% of teachers have access to ITV for classroom use; of those, 53 use ITV in some capacity. (Riccobono, 1985)
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(tv) 1984- The United States Supreme Court rules that home taping of television programs does not violate copyright law.

(tv) 1984- The FCC repeals commercial guidelines for children’s programming. (FCC, 1996)

(tv) 1984- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting funds the creation of six experimental videodiscs for science education. (Saettler, 1990)

(tv) 1984- The Agency for Instructional Television changes its name to the Agency for Instructional Technology in response to changing trends in instructional media. (U. Md. web site; Library of Congress Name Authority File)

(tv) 1985- The ITV Futures Planning Group is formed. Its members come from PBS, the CPB, regional ITV networks, and state and local ITV directors. The Group's focus is on the future of instructional television. Its first act is to replace the term instructional television (ITV) with the term learning technology. (Saettler, 1990) The Group does not change its name at this time.

 (tv) 1989- The cable industry begins its Cable in the Classroom initiative, providing public and private schools in the United States with free access to educational programming. (Cable in the Classroom web site)

(tv) 1989- Whittle Communications begins its controversial "Channel One" program, providing equipment and special news programming to schools in exchange for the schools requiring their students to watch two minutes of commercials with each broadcast. (Saettler, 1990)

(tv) 1989- Cable News Network makes "CNN Newsroom," free of charge and commercial free, available to all U.S. high schools. (Saettler, 1990)
 
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