CNN Plans Live Coverage of TV Violence Conference : Television: Experts from various fields will present findings Monday. C-SPAN will air entire meeting at a later date.


CNN plans extensive live coverage of Monday’s Industry-Wide Leadership Conference on Violence in Television Programming from 9 a.m.-noon, while C-SPAN will tape the conference and plans on showing it in its entirety later in the month.

Jim Moret will anchor CNN’s coverage from the Beverly Hilton. Kim LeMasters, former president of CBS Entertainment, and William Abbott, president of the Foundation to Improve Television, will serve as expert analysts.

CNN will continue its coverage with reports throughout the day.

C-SPAN and C-SPAN 2, cable television’s non-commercial public affairs networks, cannot cover the conference live because of their commitments to carry the floor sessions of the House of Representatives and Senate. (Both bodies are scheduled to begin their summer recesses after Friday.)


The three major broadcast networks plan to report on the conference as a news story during their regularly scheduled nightly newscasts, as do L.A. stations.

The conference will begin at 9 a.m. with welcoming remarks by Marian Rees, the chair of the National Council for Families and Television. Jeff Greenfield of ABC News, who will serve as the moderator for the two morning sessions, will speak at 9:15 a.m.

Communications researchers and mental health professionals will present their findings from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in a session titled “What the Experts Say.”

From 10:45 a.m.-noon, a panel of suppliers of programs children watch will meet. Participants include Stephen J. Cannell, producer; Andy Heyward, chairman of DIC Enterprises, a leading producer of animated programming; Christine Hikawa, vice president of broadcast standards for ABC; Geraldine Laybourne, president of the Nickelodeon and Nick at Night cable networks, and John Miller, NBC Entertainment executive vice president.


Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.), author of the Television Violence Act of 1990, will give the conference’s keynote speech from 1:15-2 p.m.

Harvard Law School professor Arthur R. Miller will moderate the 2:15-4:15 p.m. session, in which participants will explain how they would deal with hypothetical situations. Panelists will include TV activists and various programming executives, including Jeff Sagansky, CBS Entertainment president; Jennifer Lawson, the Public Broadcasting Service’s executive vice president for national programming and promotion services, and Scott Sassa, president of the Turner Entertainment Group.