President and General Manager
7 Lincoln Square
New York, NY 10023
Re: Death of Dr. Yosef A. A. ben-Jochannan
Dear Mr. Davis:
The esteemed Dr. Yosef A. A. ben-Jochannan died on March 19, 2015. So far, his death has not been mentioned on WABC-TV including “Here and Now.” “Dr. Ben” was a fixture on “Like It Is” and he unselfishly shared his scholarship on the Nile Valley with your audience. Tongues throughout the tri-state would wag after 1:00 p.m. on Sundays when he appeared on “Like It Is.”.
I doubt if anyone at “Here and Now” is aware of his death or the import of “Dr. Ben” in the tri-state. Gil Noble, host of “Like It Is” had his antennas throughout the tri-state. WABC-TV is already over its head and particularly its coverage in the Black community except “if it bleeds it leads.” This is mostly the extent of its coverage in the Black community.
Public affairs programming is particularly needed in Black communities in the tri-state including areas in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Problems in the Black community needed to be placed under the microscope with examinations by public officials, public figures, journalists, policy-makers, attorneys and activists.
I am hoping that members of these deprived communities sound off immediately by the lack of coverage of “Dr. Ben,” censorship and the lack of public affairs programming. There is a link between unjust laws and a dangerous environment. A different media company could make better use of the public airwaves.
In addition to telephone calls at 917-260-7000, letters and postcards should be sent to the WABC-TV, 7 Lincoln Square, New York, NY 10023 to ensure that these complaints become a part of the public record. May 1, 2015 is an important date for consideration of the renewal of the license of WABC-TV.
Very truly yours,
Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
cc: Tom Wheeler