Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on October 20, 1974 · Page 29
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October 20, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 29

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Northwest Arkanxis TIMES, Sun., Ott. 20, 1974 9 3D Moscow Has Only One TV News Show , MOSCOW (AP) - The CBS Evening News, the ABC Evening News and the NBC Nightly ' News constantly battle for ratings and sponsors in the United * States. But "Vreemya" doesn't ' have to worry about either. It's the only major TV news .show in town or country here. .Its name means "time" and it starts at » time -- 9 p.m. -most American channels are filled with gunsmoke, comedy or Midwestern family dramas. "Vreemya" viewers don't learn about car wrecks, dissident demonstrations or Moscow's most recent murder, ' W h a t they do learn is the status of the harvest, which factories are meeting what productior quotas and the names of the latest official visitors to tlie So viet capital. Television news in Russia isn't burdened by the charge of ten made against U.S. network news -- that it presents steady diet of .doom, uproai and conflict on the home front. Here, TV newsmen and worn en lake a leaf from ah olt Johnny Mercer song -- they ac cenluate the positive and limit if not eliminate, the negative And they try not to mess will Mr. In-Between. Even more than the Soviet print media, television here stays away from bad news, unless it happens in another country. · POLICY EXPLAINED The editorial policy was neatly summed up when a Soviet, watching a TV report o n . the harvesting of corn in Novo- sibirsk, was asked by a visitor it the harvest had been successful. "Of course," he replied. "Otherwise, it wouldn't have been shown." "Vreemya," like its American network counterparts, lasts 30 minutes each night. It is beamed throughout Russia on the country's main TV channel. For those who miss the prime time news, there also is a pair of 10-minute newscasts which appear at 6 p.m. and shortly before the midnight sign-off each evening. Like American network news shows, an anchorman here sits behind a desk, reading the day's news while slides illustrating the stories occasionally arc flashed behind him on a screen. Filmed reports also are shown, with reporters often pictured interviewing their subjects or simply standing before a particular 'scene, giving summary of the matter at hand. Unlike the American networks, there are more women on the air in the commercial- less brand of Russian TV news. "Vreemya" is joined by an anchorwoman in delivering the nightly report and at least half the reporters on all three Soviet news shows are women. The anchormen tend to resemble the American breed -relatively good-looking, dressed more fashionably than cither men and possessed of deep, resonant voices. MORE VARIETY There's more variety on the feminine side of the anchor desk. One of the most commonly used anchorwomen is a pretty, young brunette with sultry voice, while another is, a buxom, middle-aged grand motherly type. Here, as in the United Slates, television news folk are well- known names. Unlike most of their American counterparts they often appear as masters ol ceremonies or announcers other Soviet TV programs. "Happy-talk" news, a fixture on many local stations in the United States, is nyet-nyei here. The news is considered a serious subject and is deliverer, seriously, with nary a grin quip or pun. For viewers used to Ameri can newscasts, in which any story longer lhan two minutes is considered an epic, TV news here might seem - extremely slow of pace ant! long of wind It concentrates heavily on wreath-layings, speeches am factories which overproduce their quotas. Five minutes of a · rccen news program, for example were devoted to a report on the production of animal feed, com plefe with a long list of stalls tics and a film report. Unless it concerns Eastern Europe, news about other coun tries usually focuses on con flicls or problems. The recen turmoil in Mozambique and (he Cyprus fighting received big play on Moscow TV. FOREIGN STUDIES And Soviet correspondents in Italy and Denmark recently clid stories on the rampant inflatioi there, shooting films of item on store shelves and com menting on the drastic rise in prices, But a viewer here rarely geU information about the lives o average Soviet citizens during TV news programs. There are occasions when i h a p p e n s . Last Septembei "Vreemya" aired a clclightfu three-minute story about Mos cow tols at their first day o school -- showing them slant ing in line, meeting their teach ers and bursting into tear after leaving their mothers. Sports and weather news ar by no means ignored o "Vreemya." They get a total o five minutes at the end of eac night's program. The most frequently use sportscaster. Mikolai Ozerov reminds one of many America sports announcers. 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