Channel One News
|Channel One News|
|Launched||1989 (pilot program debut)
1990 (national debut)
|Owned by||Whittle Communications (1989-1994)
Alloy Media+Marketing (2007-present)
|Website||http://www.channelone.com (Program Site)
http://www.channelonenetwork.com (Network Site)
Channel One News is a 12 minute news program for teens broadcast via satellite to middle schools and high schools across the United States. Channel One is owned by Alloy Media + Marketing and based in New York City. Channel One markets to approximately eight thousand schools across the United States and reaches six million students. It is mostly common in Middle and High Schools
Program History 
Channel One was founded in 1989 and began with a pilot program in four high schools before its national rollout in 1990, with original anchors and reporters Michele Ruiz, Hicks Neal, Mark Carter, Kathy Kronenberger and Brian Tochi. It was founded by Christopher Whittle, a business executive based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Primedia purchased Channel One for approximately $250 million from Whittle in 1994.
The program's first Executive Producer, Cynthia Samuels, came to Channel One from 9 years at the Today Show. While at Channel One she created Student Producer Week - during which students produced, reported, directed and designed an entire week of programming, Channel One's one hour specials including one in Moscow and Ohio, one in Tokyo and Texas, one in Los Angeles after the Rodney King riots hosted by Arsenio Hall and OneVote- an "election night" for students to vote for President and watch the returns come in live from their classrooms.
In December 1997, Channel One's parent company, Primedia, classified its Education Segment, which includes Channel One Network, as a "discontinued operation" and announced that it was "exploring strategic alternatives for" the businesses in that segment. In 2007 Primedia sold Channel One to Alloy Media and Marketing; on April 23, 2007 Alloy assumed the liabilities of Channel One and took over their assets.
In July 2007, NBC News announced that it would be partnering with Alloy under an arrangement in which NBC would work with Channel One News to produce original content for Channel One’s in-school broadcasts, providing Channel One with access to global newsgathering resources.
As of late 2009, CBS News has entered into a partnership with Channel One.
Special Segments 
Channel One has segments which air on a regular basis which encourage viewer participation. These segments are sometimes sponsored by advertisers.
Next Big Thing 
This segment shows popular inventions that viewers can vote on whether it's a good idea or not.
This is a segment that Channel One does once a month to feature a day in the life of a 17 year old in another country. The 17 year old's life is described from the time he/she gets up in the morning until the time he/she goes back home for dinner. Some previous 24/17s included the Navajo Nation, London, and Tel Aviv.
Pop Quiz 
This is Channel One's most frequent special segment.
An anchor asks a multiple choice question to students regarding a current or historical event. The anchor then gives students ten seconds to come up with an answer. The anchor who reads the question, or the anchor's partner for the day, will then give the correct answer and explain it. From time to time, the Pop Quiz may lead off the program. The Pop Quiz is occasionally commercially sponsored by various organizations and companies.
AT&T Question of the Day 
This special segment came in two parts over two shows.
The first segment consisted of a message poll, usually regarding a story Channel One has aired. Viewers had three options to voice their opinions. Viewers could send their response to Channel One's website, call in their answer to a toll-free Channel One number, or text their answer to Channel One on an AT&T phone.
The second segment was usually aired the next day, although developing news stories may have caused it to be delayed. The program gave the results of the poll and then aired two students' opinions regarding the question asked. Students who had their comments aired received an AT&T brand mobile phone with three months of pre-paid service.
This section includes stories related to Americans' First Amendment rights.
One Step to a Better Me 
This segment includes tips and exercises to help viewers stay healthy.
Player of the Year 
Play of the Week 
Glory Road 
This special segment is sponsored by the United States Army. It features teenagers who have made a significant impact on others in the world. On Channel One's website, teenagers can be nominated for Glory Road.
Week in Rap 
This is a segment in which the past week's news shown on Channel One is recounted in summarized rap format by Flocabulary.
Going Green 
This segment shows ways that teens can be environmentally friendly and the efforts of other schools and teens around the world.
Channel One held mock presidential elections called OneVote shortly before the general elections in 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.
The initial vote in 1992 had 3,400,000 participants. Bill Clinton ] won the 1992 OneVote, garnering 43% of the vote. George H.W. Bush got 27%, with independent H. Ross Perot getting 24% of the vote. In actuality, Clinton won with 43% of the vote (roughly the same as the real election), followed by Bush with 38% and Perot with 19%.
When OneVote returned in 2000, 877,497 students participated, choosing Texas Governor George W. Bush in a mock election with nearly 59% of the vote. Vice-President Al Gore was voted second with 36% of the vote.
The 2004 OneVote gave George W. Bush 55% of the vote. John Kerry finished second with 40% of the vote, while all third-party candidates as a group (voters could only vote for them as a group) got 5%. The vote consisted of 1,400,000 students.
The 2008 OneVote gave Barack Obama 51.5 percent of the vote. John McCain finished second with 48.5 percent.
Joined parntership with Promethean in order to present interactive news to classrooms across the world.
The 2012 OneVote gave Barack Obama 50 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney finished second with 44. percent.
Channel One has been controversial largely due to the commercial content of the show. Critics claim that it is a problem in classrooms because it forces children to watch ads, wastes class time, and wastes tax dollars. Supporters argue that the ads are necessary to help keep the program running and lease TVs, DVRs (Head-End Units) and satellite dishes to schools, as well as commercial-free educational video through Channel One Connection. In 2006, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported that research indicated that children who watched Channel One remembered the commercials more than they remembered the news.
Another criticism, noted by Media Education Foundation's documentary Captive Audience, is that very little time is dedicated to actual news and the majority of the programming is soft, sensationalistic "fluff" with corporate marketing and PR tie-ins to promote products and services, arguing that it further corrupts the school setting with consumerism.
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Channel One News currently has seven anchors/correspondents on its roster. These anchors serve as hosts in the studio as well as correspondents in the field.
Shelby Holliday, Maggie Rulli, Julian Dujarric, Jeremiah ALomoto and Scott Evans are the current hosts of Channel One News.
- Justin Finch (reporter for NBC Miami )
- Adriana Diaz
- Serena Altschul (correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning)
- Tony Anderson
- Errol Barnett (anchor on CNN International)
- Chris Browne
- Mark Carter
- Gotham Chopra
- Anderson Cooper (anchor on CNN and talk show host)
- Seth Doane (correspondent on CBS News)
- Craig Jackson (host of VH1's I Love Money)
- Sofia Lidskog
- Lisa Ling (host of Our America on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network)
- Laura Ling (correspondent for Current TV)
- Maria Menounos (co-host on Extra)
- Meka Nichols
- Monica Novotny (anchor on MSNBC)
- Kris Osborn (correspondent for Entertainment Tonight)
- Michele Ruiz
- Alex Sanz (reporter for KHOU-TV in Houston, TX)
- Tracy Smith (correspondent on CBS News Sunday Morning)
- Brian Tochi
- Eileen Wu
- Steven Fabian
- Jessica Kumari
- Rawley Valverde
See also 
- Miller, Lia (2007-07-09). "NBC News to Provide Content for Channel One". New York Times, The. Retrieved 2008-05-14.
- Miller, Lia (July 9, 2007). "NBC News to Provide Content for Channel One". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-09.
- Going Green
- About.com. "Student Voters Pick Bush - Results of Project OneVote". Retrieved 2011-02-11.
- Critic's Notebook; TV News in the Schools: Which Channel, if Any?
- NBC News to Provide Content for Channel One at New York Times
- Media Education Foundation
- Captive Audience