All Granite District junior high and high schools that wish to may obtain Channel One television news services, the district's board said Tuesday.
Four district schools have piloted the service, provided by Whittle Communications. The program has generated controversy in some areas because the daily news telecasts, geared to a teenage audience, include advertising. However, the reports from the pilot schools were overwhelmingly in favor of continuing the program. Whittle provides equipment to schools to facilitate the service.Walt Bearden, a Whittle representative, said only 8,500 schools nationwide will be allowed to subscribe. At present more than 6,640 are on line, he said, and schools are asking to participate at the rate of 200 per week, leaving the Granite district schools little time to become part of the program.