An interview (of sorts) with Channel One’s CEO CJ Kettler

June 8, 2014
An interview (of sorts) with Channel One’s CEO CJ Kettler

  Channel One’s CJ Kettler gives first interview since 2012 hiring.   Interviewer serves up powder puff questions for secretive executive.     For the full interview click here. From Jim Metrock: How secretive is CJ Kettler?  She didn’t want anyone to know she was hired to be CEO of Channel One.  She had been in...
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More ads coming to Houghton Mifflin/Channel One?

June 6, 2014
More ads coming to Houghton Mifflin/Channel One?

From Jim Metrock: The recent acquisition of Channel One by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt may mean all these on-air personalities will be back next year. Houghton Mifflin has given Channel One a big boost.  Channel One’s advertising revenue had to have taken a big hit this past year – there were so few full-paying spots...
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This is Channel One

June 5, 2014
This is Channel One

   From Jim Metrock:   Channel One News held its first, and more than likely last, Google Hangout this afternoon. It was a sad thing to watch. I mean real sad. It was like watching the movie This is Spinal Tap, but without the laughs. In the movie Spinal Tap is a rock band that finds...
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Speaking of teachers…

June 3, 2014
Speaking of teachers…

And yes, the National Education Association is STILL opposed to Channel One in American classrooms.  
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Teacher criticizes Channel One’s “Ads in schools” report

June 2, 2014
Teacher criticizes Channel One’s “Ads in schools” report

   See our original story.  Unbelievable that Channel One NEWS would do a news story on “Ads in schools” and not mention itself.  But, that’s what students get when Channel One News is brought to them by a youth marketing company.  (Channel One News was developed in order to put advertising in front of a...
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The ugly legacy of Channel One News

June 1, 2014
The ugly legacy of Channel One News


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Which states have the most Houghton Mifflin/Channel One contracts?

June 1, 2014
Which states have the most Houghton Mifflin/Channel One contracts?

Texas has over 10% of all Houghton Mifflin/Channel One contracts.      TOP TEN STATES   TEXAS  (10.6) OHIO  (7.68) PENNSYLVANIA  (6.02) TENNESSEE  (5.34) ILLINOIS  (4.81) MICHIGAN  (4.64) ALABAMA  (4.25) NORTH CAROLINA  (3.73) LOUISIANA  (3.68) MISSISSIPPI  (3.66)   SECOND TEN   INDIANA  (3.11) GEORGIA  (3.09) KENTUCKY  (2.59) SOUTH CAROLINA  (2.57) FLORIDA  (2.45) NEW JERSEY...
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Will history repeat itself. Houghton Mifflin hopes not.

May 31, 2014
Will history repeat itself. Houghton Mifflin hopes not.

  From Jim Metrock: This news article is from 1989, the year Channel One was still being tested in seven pilot schools.   Massachusetts never liked Channel One.  Still today, the company has little presence in the state. How odd to now have an old Boston firm like Houghton Mifflin owning Channel One.  Houghton...
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Houghton Mifflin/Channel One News

May 29, 2014
Houghton Mifflin/Channel One News

  From Jim Metrock: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt says they inspire curiosity every day.  As a major supplier of educational resources, I am sure they inspire millions of students to be more curious daily.  However, this month the company itself did a very curious thing: they acquired the pariah of US education – Channel One.  Why would...
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“de minimis” again?

May 28, 2014
“de minimis” again?

May 28, 2014 From Jim Metrock:  I wrote this article 7 years ago.  Primedia had just transferred Channel One News to Alloy Media and Marketing.  Channel One’s owners, Primedia, admitted Channel One had little value. “De minimis” value if you will.   I wonder how much value Channel One has added to itself in the years since being valued at...
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What’s missing in this “Ads in Schools” story by Channel One News.

May 25, 2014
What’s missing in this “Ads in Schools” story by Channel One News.

Sloppy, unprofessional storytelling is now part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.   Share this video: http://youtu.be/G-ptO6vFAaY 
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Channel One News misleading with its “Bring the Broadband” campaign

May 23, 2014
Channel One News misleading with its “Bring the Broadband” campaign

        From Jim Metrock: Absolutely nothing is as it seems with Channel One News.  This campaign looks like a noble effort of getting faster Internet connections into schools.  And it is, but they are primarily looking after their corporate interests and not the interests of students. Channel One News used to...
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Channel One CEOs.

May 22, 2014
Channel One CEOs.

  How can so few, lose so much, in so short a period of time?         From Jim Metrock: In 1996 when I first found out about Channel One, David Tanzer was their CEO.  David Tanzer 5 years David Tanzer was CEO during the Golden Age of Channel One (1993-1997).  While the company...
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An Empire Undone – A must read for remaining Channel One employees.

May 21, 2014
An Empire Undone – A must read for remaining Channel One employees.

    LIVE BY THE HYPE, DIE BY THE HYPE   AN EMPIRE UNDONE The Wild Rise and Hard Fall of Chris Whittle By Vance H. Trimble Birch Lane 353pp $24.95   His empire and reputation in tatters, erstwhile media magnate Christopher Whittle in October, 1994, tapped out a 1,500-word mea culpa for the...
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Confirmed: Channel One’s long serving Alabama lobbyist is off payroll

May 20, 2014
Confirmed: Channel One’s long serving Alabama lobbyist is off payroll

  From Jim Metrock:   Martin Christie has been Channel One’s main Alabama lobbyist since 1998.  Martin was a friend of mine.  In fact he sort of worked for me at one time.  He was the lobbyist for the Associated Industries of Alabama and the Business Council of Alabama when I was a board...
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What Channel One passes on to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

May 19, 2014
What Channel One passes on to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


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For the record.

May 18, 2014
For the record.

  From Jim Metrock: Since 1997, I have been writing articles about Channel One’s commercial exploitation of schoolchildren.  They are all here.  The main reason I wrote was to help educators, administrators, school board members, other parents, and young people themselves in their efforts to remove Channel One from their classrooms.  I hope my...
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Another gone: Stephen Tiszenkel

May 17, 2014
Another gone:  Stephen Tiszenkel

Tiszenkel must have seen the train wreck coming. Now safely in Rhode Island working at CVS.     From Jim Metrock:   Channel One News has to be one of the creepiest workplaces in the country. The whole company is shrouded with secrecy.  The company never announces the departure of important employees, even if...
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David Tanzer v. Alex Molnar – 1998

May 16, 2014
David Tanzer v. Alex Molnar – 1998

     From Jim Metrock:  I recently found the transcript for the 1998 face off between Dr. Alex Molnar of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Channel One’s CEO David Tanzer.  Both appeared on the Today Show to discuss Dr. Molnar’s study The Hidden Costs of Channel One.  The study said that Channel One was costing...
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Get those resumes ready!

May 15, 2014
Get those resumes ready!

      From Jim Metrock: It might just now be sinking in.   People are going to lose their jobs at Channel One. Whenever Company A acquires Company B, Company B immediately says that there will be no changes at Company B.  Everyone should stop worrying.  Nothing is going to change. These of course are...
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David Drucker – Senior Vice President of Sales

May 14, 2014
David Drucker – Senior Vice President of Sales

  From Jim Metrock:  I was writing about David Drucker, when the news broke about Channel One being acquired by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Mr. Drucker was hired last year to be the Senior Vice President of Sponsorship & Advertising Sales at Channel One.   He was hired for the hardest. most challenging job in the...
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Channel One News sold

May 13, 2014
Channel One News sold

  Losses too much for ZelnickMedia? How much did Houghton Mifflin Harcourt pay, if anything, for the controversial youth marketing company? Will HMHC keep Channel One’s current employees? Fourth Channel One owner in seven years. (Primedia, Alloy Media and Marketing, ZelnickMedia, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)     May 13, 2014, 10:03 a.m. EDT Houghton Mifflin...
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