« *•** * *jNNl * »<*,* i J , M t H ' . The AUSTIN DAILY HERALD . Ui ,<• . *•£ • Sport Fans Gain Seen on Pay-TV Pay TV is not slated to deprive the' public • of the -great majority of sports events now seen oil the home television screen. In fact, success of pay TV systems might increase the availability of some, sports events to TV fans. <That is the. opinion of Nathan L. Halpcrn, president of TNT (Theatre Network Television, Inc.), closed-circuit pioneer and now 10-year veteran of the original form of box-office TV — iho. pay-as-ygu-see attractions piped to theatres via closed-circuit; TV. In a year-end'look at the sports .TV. picture, Halpern notes that 10 years ago, when he transmitted he first sports event — a heavy* weight championship fight — to a paying theater audience; the cry went up that all fights would soon be lost to the home TV viewer. . Alarmists Wrong But.. the alarmists have been proved wrong. Only one or two fights...a_year have been ticketed to closed-circuit pay TV The flow . of home sports telecasts has not been ^basically affected. The reason for this is, accord- Ing to Halpcrn, that it takes "A true sports spectacular" to make • a national pay TV event — whether of the home or theater box- office variety — pay off. On the other 1 hand, many of the attractions of local and regional spectator interest — such as the college football and basketball games that have* been withheld from the free TV screen — may be opened up to the fan through * successful home pay TV system, Halpern believes. To protect stadium gate receipts the NCAA has limited home telecasts of college football to one game nationally per week, and college basketball, which used to be telecast with frequency, has now been virtually blacked out, except for occasional tournament finals. Wider Telecasting With the advent of successful home pay TV the economics would point toward wider telecasting of local and regional college events. TNT has produced 40 closed- circuit telecasts of sports events, the only widespread experience in the pay-as-you-see TV field. Seventeen of these have been major fights, Top college football and basketball, as well as major league baseball, have been presented. Notre Dame, Iowa, Army, Navy and Princeton are among the leading college football teams that have been seen on closed- circuit TV. With its Urge screen, closed- circuit theater TV provides the sports fan a thrill and enjoyment akin to actually being at the event. Reinforcing (bis aspect is the fact that these games and fights are presented in theaters, before large crowds, rather than lu the social isolation of the living room, From the 4,000 seats available in only one theater for Charles vs. Walcott in 1949, Halpern expanded the industry to such an extent that 909,000 seats were avail- PAY TV (Continued on Page 8> Your Complete MOVIE, RADIO & TV PROGRAM LISTING TV SKETCHBOOK PLANS NEW TV SERIES Mickey Rooney Ends Stand at Cppacabana Although he was so tired he looked like a retarded, Mickey Rooney says he enjoyed his four-week . stand at the Copacapana in New York. "It's important to get out and meet the people," he says. And then he had a sudden thought as he wondered why I other Hollywood stars don't do the same thing —• "Can you imagine Spencer Tracy doing four weeks at the jCopa?" For Rooney, , Mickey who professes to be an early-to-bed, early-to-rlse type at home, tills late-to-bed, later-still-to-rise routine was ft drag. "When I get home," be said, "they're not going to see me until the middle of nest year." He doesn't consider himself a night club performer, even though he annually does four weeks her* and four in Las Vegas. "J'm a Jack,-of-all-trades, M he* says. And he is — he writes scripts, writes music (three picture scores so far), directs, produces, acts in comedies and dramas, and is a pretty fair night club comic, too. ON tV SUNDAY Filmed Documentary on Communist China Work of John Strohm By CHARLES MERCER NEW YORK (AP) — NBC news certainly is not taking the end pi the year lying down. ' The irewtalization and intensification of coverage by the network's hews department, so marked in 1958, is resulting in programs of great interest and variety in the current week. Next Sunday, for example, NBC-TV will present "The Great Leap Forward," a filmed documentary on life inside Communist China by John Strohm, an American correspondent. Strohm, a free-lance journalist and agricultural expert, said that during his three weeks in China he never was certain he'd be permitted to leave With his films — and occasionally wondered if he'd get out safely himself. . Two'government rules troubled him: no unprocessed film can be exported from China and no American film, can be processed in China. Strohm, had American film. Finally, however, he was permitted to take out his film unprocessed. , Proverb Helped . ' "I kept telling the Chinese," he said wrily, "that we have an American .adage that one picture is'•worth" 1,000/words. And they kept insisting'that it's an old Chinese proverb.". In traveling about 7,500 miles in 'China. ..-he was impressed by two things: the '.intense, wide-: spread propaganda against Amer- "I love whatever I'm doing, when I'm doing it," he says. "That may sound icky, but It's true." Rooney, who has a little bald spot and is developing crow's- feet around his eyes, is one of those active, driving kind of people. His TV experiences haven't been too happy, but he isn't giving up. When his CBS contract is up in March, he's planning another series. "It'll be a departure for me," be says, "but I can't discuss it yet," And he yawned. He wag eating breakfast (fried egg sandwich with catsup) at the time. It was four in the afternoon. Todd's Smellovision Old Hot at Warners Mike Todd Jr.'s Smellovision brings back scented memories at Warper Bros, studios, Jack Warner 3Q years ago tried it in the premier of a picture entitled "Park Victory, 1 * Five gallons of Arpege cologne were sprayed through the air-conditioning system during a torrid love scene between George Brent and Bette Davis. Wrote for Hero Id HERALD readers will recall the series of articles by John Strohm, which appeared on Page One several weeks ago on his return from Communist China. This series excited more comment, from readers than any THE HEUALD has published In years. If the TV 'version Is ^ half as good, it should be Well worthwhile. ica; and the fact, that he, per- sonaliy, was .treated courteously except on a couple of occasions. "I often felt like the loneliest man alive," he said, "when I realized I was the only free American in a land of 600 million Chinese." Months of Effort After months of trying to get permission to enter China he finally made it by way of Moscow and left through Hong Kong. On Sunday also, NBC-TV will present "Southeast Asia: Target for Communism," a film and live commentary by Cecil Brown, who returned recently from a month- long swing around the rim of Red China. Beginning Monday NBC newsman Frank McGee will present Primer on Congress, the first of five daily telecasts designed to acquaint viewers with little-known facets of the legislative branch of government. Good Past Shows The hourlong Story of Atlas 10B" otrNBC-TV last Sunday by way of Chet Huntley Reporting was an excellent examination of both the missile now in orbit and the men behind the missiles. "Projection '59," also last Sunday, was a stimulating discussion of what may — or may not — happen in the coming year by NBC newsmen gathered in New York from various crucial areas of the world. It was far and away the best bull session thai NBC reporter* ever have presented. Thin Man* Revived for 23 More Weeks Peter Lawford and Phyllis Kirk found th* TV clu* they were looking for —• "The Thin Man" has beeti renewed for S3 more weeks. New plot gimmicks tod * light, humorous touch gave the show th* lift it needed. J6IIN STROHM ABC to Film Detroit Battle on Delinquents "Youth Anonymous," n special, hour • long report on Detroit's successful fcltlr •- '••••' ,< V.T-i.'? delinquency, will be broadcast Jan, 19 6:30 - 7:30 (Channel 6V John Daly will head a corps of newsmen surveying Detroit'*- three- pronged attack on juvenile crime, which has made it the only major city in America to show a decrease in delinquency over the past year. Covering the story on the scene are Edward P. Morgan, Don Goddard and Robert Fleming. The Study will cover concerted work of a progressive-minded police force, regular social agencies, and a unique self-help group called Youth Anonymous. Headed by an ex-convict named Ernest "Tip" Rumsby, Youth Anonymous aims to aid the 15 per cent of "hard-core" troubled youngsters who normally cannot be reached by other organizations. In its methods, involving meetings and extensive talking-out of problems, it resembles the better- known Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous. Some of the areas covered by "Youth Anonymous" include a day in the lives of three troubled boys, a court hearing, a meet- Ing of YA and a trip with Rums* by through the scenes of his own slum youth and early crimes. Poor, Gorroway Talk Spring Trip to Paris If and when Jack Paar takes his NBC-TV show to Paris in the spring, it's a sure thing that Dave Garroway will take his Today show along at the same lime. Both would do their programs on tape in Paris and the tape would be flown back to NBC in New York daily. Paar, by the way, repeated some of his highlights of the season—such as the Oscar Levant interview—on his New Year's Ev« show.
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