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ABC PLANS PROGRAMS ON ILLITERACY

In an effort to raise public awareness about the problem of adult illiteracy in the United States, ABC says it plans to deal with the subject in virtually every form of its television programming next season.

The news division will get the ball rolling with an hourlong prime-time documentary on Sept. 3, followed by an edition of “This Week With David Brinkley” devoted to the subject Sept. 7.

“World News Tonight” will present a multi-part report during the week of Sept. 8, the network said, and “20/20" and “Nightline” also will report on it.

On the entertainment side, ABC said adult illiteracy will be dealt with in daytime serials, prime-time series, a TV movie and an “Afterschool Special” and on “Good Morning America.”

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ABC is teamed with the Public Broadcasting Service in promoting Project Literacy U.S., a campaign to reduce illiteracy.


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