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ABC Honored For Drama About Illiteracy

May 9, 1989

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ The latest adventures of ″Winnie the Pooh″ and a drama about illiteracy titled ″Daddy Can’t Read″ earned ABC two citations for excellence from the advocacy group Action for Children’s Television.

ACT, in keeping with its theme of using television to encourage children to read, gave its ″Stop, Look & Listen″ award to ″Daddy Can’t Read,″ an ABC Afterschool special that confronted adult illiteracy ″in a solution-oriented story for children and families,″ the 10,000-member organization said.

″Creative excellence in children’s TV is still the exception to the rule of mediocrity,″ said Peggy Charren, who founded the organization in 1968. ″But these ACT award-winners demonstrate that a concern for the TV needs of young audiences can result in programs that help families learn, laugh, think and care.″

ABC on Monday also won a commercial broadcast award for ″The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh,″ which Charren said was ″an imaginative extension of the Pooh stories ... preserving the essence of the original characters.″

Boston’s WNEV also received a commercial broadcast award for ″Ready to Go 3/8,″ a morning program that combines news, weather and games for children.

Other winning programs that were based on children’s literature include ″The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,″ produced by Sony Video Software, and Lancit Media’s ″Ramona.″

The ACT achievement award recipients were:

Stop, Look & Listen Award: ″Daddy Can’t Read,″ ABC Afterschool special.

Commercial Broadcast: ″The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh,″ ABC; ″Ready to Go 3/8,″ WNEV, Boston; Buster’s Ape Show″and ″Home Turf,″ KRON, San Francisco; ″My Secret Identity,″ Scholastic Productions Inc.

Public Broadcast: ″Ramona,″ Lancit Media Productions; ″Frog,″ Platypus Productions, Inc. and WonderWorks; ″The Power of Choice,″ WNET, New York; ″What’s in the News,″ WPSX, Penn State University.

Cable: ″Family Classics,″ Arts & Entertainment Network; ″Kid’s Court,″ Nickelodeon; ″Caring and Sharing,″ Northwest Bergen, N.J., Council for Special Education.

Home Video: ″The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,″ Sony Video Software Co. Inc.; ″Raffi in Concert with the Rise and Shine Band,″ A&M Video; ″Jim Henson Play-Along, Sing-Along, Dance-Along, Do-Along,″ Jim Henson Productions; ″Snow and the Family Dwarf,″ KING Broadcasting, Seattle; ″Abel’s Island,″ Random House Home Video. ″The Animal Alphabet,″ Scholastic-Lorimar Home Video.

Radio: ″East of the Sun, West of the Moon,″ Children’s Audio Service.

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