Television Genres. History. In the Beginning. In the 30’s, radio programming consisted of soap operas, minstrel shows, news, and commentary and sporting events. The 50’s.
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In the early days of television, television producers found advertisers to sponsor the production of an entire show. They bought the entire program. This put great pressure on the producers for ratings.
Television was mostly in the afternoons and the evenings.
This was an age of conformity and confidence.
Television programming consisted of variety shows from vaudeville radio. Many were based on ethic humor.
Networks turned away from live production in prime time to filming a tapped series which was more predictable and safer to sponsors.
Amendments were made to the Communications Act. It was illegal for the outcome of any contest of skill or knowledge to be put forward in any way that was prearranged. Stations had to make it clear on the air when money or other considerations is received from broadcast material.