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Peggy Charren dies at 86; tireless advocate for quality children's TV

Peggy Charren dies at 86; tireless advocate for quality children's TV

Critics of Peggy Charren, a tireless activist for quality children's television, accused her of hating TV. But Charren, who founded the highly influential Action for Children's Television in 1968 to combat "wall-to-wall monster cartoons," said it was just the opposite. "People who don't think something has any value at all usually don't spend time trying to fix it," she told the Los Angeles Times in 1983. "What we're saying is that this can be a wonderful, magical box, particularly for children — and isn't it a shame that it isn't." Charren, 86, died Thursday at an assisted living facility in Dedham, Mass., near...

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