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Document Details


Title: Albert Warren
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Cable Center. Barco Library. Special Collections
Collection: Cable Center Oral History Collection
Description: Al Warren was among the first trade reporters to cover the cable television industry and remained one of the most knowledgeable reporters covering the business during the first 50 years of cable’s existence. Beginning shortly after World War II, Warren served as a reporter, later bureau chief, in the Washington Bureau of the weekly Television Digest, then owned by Triangle Publishing. TV Digest was the first to mention cable television, reporting in 1949 on the construction of the first system in Astoria, Oregon. In the early 1950s it began regular coverage of the industry. One of its first cable-related initiatives was to send out questionnaires to all cable systems in the country asking subscriber counts, pricing, franchising requirements, and other information. This information was published in TV Digest’s Television Factbook and constituted by far the most comprehensive source of data on cable, which was then largely unregulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
URL: http://www.cablecenter.org/education/library/oralHistoryDetails.cfm?id=271
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1988 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Warren, Albert
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Editor; Publication owner
Document date: 01-Mar-1988
Interviewer: Paglin, Max D.
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Broadcasting; Cable television--United States; North America; Oral history; Public broadcasting; Television; Television programs; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Cable administrators
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0022870-24288