Federal Communications Commission
Washington, DC 20554
Approved by OMB
3060-0754
FCC 398
Children's Television Programming Report

Report reflects information for the filing period ending: 2002-12-31 00:00:00.0 Filed on: 2003-01-10 09:46:20.283

Call Sign Channel Numbers Community of License
WFSB-TV (analog)
City State County ZIP Code
Hartford CT HARTFORD 06103
Licensee Name
Meredith Corporation
Network Affiliation Nielsen DMA Licensee World Wide Web Home Page Address (if applicable)
CBS Hartford-New Haven http://www.wfsb.com
Facility ID Previous Call Sign (if applicable) License Renewal Expiration Date
53115 2007-04-01 00:00:00.0
Analog Core Programming
2. State the average number of hours of Core Programming per week broadcast by the station. See 47 C.F.R. §73.671(c). 3.00 hours
3. (a) Does the Licensee provide information identifying each Core Program aired on its station, including an indication of the target child audience, to publishers of program guides as required by 47 C.F.R. §73.673? Y
(b) Identify publishers who were sent information in 3(a).
TV Guide, TV Data Technologies, Tribune Media Services, Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, Journal Inquirer, Waterbury Republican, Newsday.
4. Complete the following for each program that you aired during the past three months that meets the definition of Core Programming. Complete chart below for each Core Program.
Title of Analog Core Program #1 Origin
BLUE'S CLUES NETWORK
Regular Schedule Total Times Aired at Regularly Scheduled Time Number of Pre-emptions
Saturdays, 10:00-10:30AM (10/5/02-12/28/02) 13 0
Length of Program Age of Target Audience E/I Symbol Used As Required
30 minutes From To
2 years 5 years
Describe the educational and informational objective of the program and how it meets the definition of Core Programming
In this series, a young adult host - together with Blue, a puppy whose personality and actions mirror those of a preschooler - brings viewers a variety of games, themes and concepts that are based on an age-appropriate educational curriculum. The program follows a narrative format, in which the host elicits contributions from the viewer to answer questions and move the action forward. The program's objectives include encouraging preschoolers to actively explore the world around them, fostering their problem-solving skills and independent reasoning, and creating a foundation of confidence and optimism for future learning.
Title of Analog Core Program #2 Origin
DORA THE EXPLORER NETWORK
Regular Schedule Total Times Aired at Regularly Scheduled Time Number of Pre-emptions
Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:00 AM (10/5/02-12/28/02) 13 0
Length of Program Age of Target Audience E/I Symbol Used As Required
30 minutes From To
2 years 5 years
Describe the educational and informational objective of the program and how it meets the definition of Core Programming
In this series seven-year-old Dora and her monkey travel companion Boots invite the audience to join them each week on a journey in which they will have to overcome various obstacles to reach an end goal. The series uses a CD-ROM/on-line adventure game format to encourage a variety of problem-solving strategies. The objectives of this program are to assist children in developing their problem-solving skills, reinforce their emerging cognitive skills, and make computers more familiar to them by introducing and using the conventions and vocabulary of computer games.
Title of Analog Core Program #3 Origin
HEY! ARNOLD NETWORK
Regular Schedule Total Times Aired at Regularly Scheduled Time Number of Pre-emptions
Saturdays, 11:00-11:30AM (10/5/02-12/28/02) 13 0
Length of Program Age of Target Audience E/I Symbol Used As Required
30 minutes From To
6 years 11 years
Describe the educational and informational objective of the program and how it meets the definition of Core Programming
This series revolves around the adventures of nine-year-old Arnold, who lives in his grandparents' boarding house, where he must interact with a group of eccentric boarders, as well as with his friends and other neighborhood children. Arnold uses his creativity, resourcefulness and calm to deal with the issues presented by life as a fourth grader in the big city. The objectives of this series are to help elementary school aged children to acquire better personal and social development skills through life-lessons, themes and stories that will cause them to think, assess, explore and monitor their own behavior, and to introduce them to a variety of people and issues in order to provide them with a springboard for understanding experiences in their own lives.
Title of Analog Core Program #4 Origin
THE WILD THORNBERRYS NETWORK
Regular Schedule Total Times Aired at Regularly Scheduled Time Number of Pre-emptions
Saturdays, 11:30 -12N (10/5/02-12/28/02) 13 0
Length of Program Age of Target Audience E/I Symbol Used As Required
30 minutes From To
6 years 11 years
Describe the educational and informational objective of the program and how it meets the definition of Core Programming
This program follows the travels of Eliza Thornberry, whose parents produce nature documentaries and wander the globe in search of exotic places, plants and animals. Eliza has the ability to talk to animals, and her special gift allows her to see and understand the natural world in a very close and personal way. The objectives of the program are to help children learn concepts related to plants, animals and general ecology, and to experience the family interactions of children with parents who are committed to intellectual pursuits and have unique lifestyles.
Title of Analog Core Program #5 Origin
AS TOLD BY GINGER NETWORK
Regular Schedule Total Times Aired at Regularly Scheduled Time Number of Pre-emptions
Saturdays, 12:00-12:30N (10/5/02-11-23/02) 3 5
Length of Program Age of Target Audience E/I Symbol Used As Required
30 minutes From To
6 years 11 years
Describe the educational and informational objective of the program and how it meets the definition of Core Programming
This series is about the life of junior high school students as seen through the eyes of Ginger, a sixth grader who attempts to navigate between the worlds of popular and unpopular cliques. Ginger's analytic nature allows her to critique the prevailing social hierarchy, while also understanding the desire to be accepted. The objective of the program is to assist children in analyzing, interpreting and successful negotiating early individual and group experiences that hey may have in their families, schools and communities. This program is specifically designed to further the educational and informational needs of children, and has educating and informing children as a significant purpose.
Total Times Aired Number of Preemptions for other than Breaking News Number of Preemptions Rescheduled
3 5 5
Preemption #1
Date Preempted/Episode # If rescheduled, date and time reschedule Is the rescheduled date the second home?
Saturday, 10/5/02 Sat, 10/5/02 9:00 - 9:30 AM Y
If rescheduled, were promotional efforts made to notify the public of rescheduled date and time? Y
Reason for Preemption SPORTS
Preemption #2
Date Preempted/Episode # If rescheduled, date and time reschedule Is the rescheduled date the second home?
Saturday, 10/19/02 Sat., 10/19/02, 9:00 - 9:30 AM Y
If rescheduled, were promotional efforts made to notify the public of rescheduled date and time? Y
Reason for Preemption SPORTS
Preemption #3
Date Preempted/Episode # If rescheduled, date and time reschedule Is the rescheduled date the second home?
Saturday, 11/2/02 Sat., 11/2/02 9:00 - 9:30 AM Y
If rescheduled, were promotional efforts made to notify the public of rescheduled date and time? Y
Reason for Preemption SPORTS
Preemption #4
Date Preempted/Episode # If rescheduled, date and time reschedule Is the rescheduled date the second home?
Saturday, 11/9/02 Sat, 11/9/02 9:00 - 9:30 AM Y
If rescheduled, were promotional efforts made to notify the public of rescheduled date and time? Y
Reason for Preemption SPORTS
Preemption #5
Date Preempted/Episode # If rescheduled, date and time reschedule Is the rescheduled date the second home?
Saturday, 11/16/02 Sat, 11/16/0 9:00 - 9:30 AM Y
If rescheduled, were promotional efforts made to notify the public of rescheduled date and time? Y
Reason for Preemption SPORTS
Title of Analog Core Program #6 Origin
PELSWICK NETWORK
Regular Schedule Total Times Aired at Regularly Scheduled Time Number of Pre-emptions
Saturdays, 12:30PM-1:00PM (10/5/02-11/23/02) 3 5
Length of Program Age of Target Audience E/I Symbol Used As Required
30 minutes From To
6 years 11 years
Describe the educational and informational objective of the program and how it meets the definition of Core Programming
Pelswick is a smart, mischievous leader of a close group of friends. He is also confined to a wheelchair becasue of an automoblie accident, but refuses to allow this fact to prevent him from being fully intergated into the life of his community or from taking on challenges and risks. Pelswick's advisor and mentor is an irreverent, spritirual figure named Mr. Jimmy, who appears only to Pelswick. The objectives of the program are to teach children that a handicapping condition does not preclude a life full of the same types of successes and disappointments experienced by any other person, and to present to children through the behavior and emotions of the characters some of the social issues they may face. This program is specifically designed to further the educational and informational needs of children, and has educating and informing children as a significant purpose.
Total Times Aired Number of Preemptions for other than Breaking News Number of Preemptions Rescheduled
3 5 5
Preemption #1
Date Preempted/Episode # If rescheduled, date and time reschedule Is the rescheduled date the second home?
Saturday, 10/5/02 Sat, 10/5/02 9:30-10:00AM Y
If rescheduled, were promotional efforts made to notify the public of rescheduled date and time? Y
Reason for Preemption SPORTS
Preemption #2
Date Preempted/Episode # If rescheduled, date and time reschedule Is the rescheduled date the second home?
Saturday, 10/19/02 Sat., 10/19/02 9:30 - 10:00AM Y
If rescheduled, were promotional efforts made to notify the public of rescheduled date and time? Y
Reason for Preemption SPORTS
Preemption #3
Date Preempted/Episode # If rescheduled, date and time reschedule Is the rescheduled date the second home?
Saturday, 11/2/02 Sat., 11/2/02 9:30-10:00 AM Y
If rescheduled, were promotional efforts made to notify the public of rescheduled date and time? Y
Reason for Preemption SPORTS
Preemption #4
Date Preempted/Episode # If rescheduled, date and time reschedule Is the rescheduled date the second home?
Saturday, 11/9/02 Sat., 11/9/02 9:30-10:00 AM Y
If rescheduled, were promotional efforts made to notify the public of rescheduled date and time? Y
Reason for Preemption SPORTS
Preemption #5
Date Preempted/Episode # If rescheduled, date and time reschedule Is the rescheduled date the second home?
Saturday, 11/16/02 Sat, 11/16/02 9:30 - 10:00 AM Y
If rescheduled, were promotional efforts made to notify the public of rescheduled date and time? Y
Reason for Preemption SPORTS
Title of Analog Core Program #7 Origin
HEY ARNOLD! 2 NETWORK
Regular Schedule Total Times Aired at Regularly Scheduled Time Number of Pre-emptions
Saturdays, 12:00 - 12:30 N (11/30/02 -12/28/02) 4 1
Length of Program Age of Target Audience E/I Symbol Used As Required
30 minutes From To
6 years 11 years
Describe the educational and informational objective of the program and how it meets the definition of Core Programming
This series revolves around the adventures of nine-year-old Arnold, who lives in his grandparents' boarding house, where he must interact with a group of eccentric boarders, as well as with his friends and other neighborhood childre
Total Times Aired Number of Preemptions for other than Breaking News Number of Preemptions Rescheduled
4 1 1
Preemption #1
Date Preempted/Episode # If rescheduled, date and time reschedule Is the rescheduled date the second home?
Saturday, 12/7/02 Sat, 12/7/02 (9:00 - 9:30 AM) Y
If rescheduled, were promotional efforts made to notify the public of rescheduled date and time? Y
Reason for Preemption SPORTS
Title of Analog Core Program #8 Origin
AS TOLD BY GINGER NETWORK
Regular Schedule Total Times Aired at Regularly Scheduled Time Number of Pre-emptions
Saturdays, 12:30 - 1:00 PM 3 2
Length of Program Age of Target Audience E/I Symbol Used As Required
30 minutes From To
6 years 11 years
Describe the educational and informational objective of the program and how it meets the definition of Core Programming
This series is about the life of junior high school students as seen through the eyes of Ginger, a sixth grader who attempts to navigate between the worlds of popular and unpopular cliques. Ginger's analytic nature allows her to critique the prevailing social hierarchy, while also understanding the desire to be accepted. The objective of the program is to assist children in analyzing, interpreting and successful negotiating early individual and group experiences that hey may have in their families, schools and communities. This program is specifically designed to further the educational and informational needs of children, and has educating and informing children as a significant purpose.
Total Times Aired Number of Preemptions for other than Breaking News Number of Preemptions Rescheduled
3 2 2
Preemption #1
Date Preempted/Episode # If rescheduled, date and time reschedule Is the rescheduled date the second home?
Saturday 12/7/02 Sat., 12/7/02 9:30 - 10:00 AM Y
If rescheduled, were promotional efforts made to notify the public of rescheduled date and time? Y
Reason for Preemption SPORTS
Preemption #2
Date Preempted/Episode # If rescheduled, date and time reschedule Is the rescheduled date the second home?
Saturday, 12/21/02 Sat., 12/21/02 9:30 - 10:00 AM Y
If rescheduled, were promotional efforts made to notify the public of rescheduled date and time? Y
Reason for Preemption SPORTS

Non-Core Educational and Informational Programming
5. Complete the following for each program that you aired during the past three months that is specifically designed to meet the educational and informational needs of children ages 16 and under, but does not meet one or more elements of the definition of Core Programming. See 47 C.F.R. §73.671. Complete chart below for each additional such educational and informational program.
[There are no analog non-core program reports.]
Sponsored Core Programming
6. List Core Programs, if any, aired by other analog stations that are sponsored by the Licensee and that meet the criteria set forth in 47 C.F.R. §73.671. Also indicate whether the amount of total Core Programming broadcast by another station increased.
[There are no analog sponsored core program broadcast reports.]
[There are no analog sponsored core program detail reports.]
Digital Core Programming
7. (a) State the average number of hours of Core Programming per week broadcast by the station on its main program stream.  
  (b) Did the Licensee broadcast on its main digital program stream the same Children's Core Programming provided on its analog channel?  
  (c) If Yes to 7(b), the Licensee certifies that the representations and children's program information provided with respect to its analog channel apply equally with respect to its main digital program stream.  
    If No to 7(c), submit as an Exhibit a Statement of Explanation.  
8. (a) State the average number of hours per week of free over-the-air digital video programming broadcast by the station on other than its main program stream.  
  (b) State the average number of hours per week of Core Programming broadcast by the station on other than its main program stream. See 47 C.F.R. §73.671.  
9. (a) Does the Licensee provide information identifying each Core Program aired on its station, including an indication of the target child audience, to publishers of program guides as required by 47 C.F.R. §73.673?  
  (b) Identify publishers who were sent information in 9(a).
 
10. Complete the following for each program that you aired during the past three months that meets the definition of Core Programming. Complete chart below for each Core Program.
    [There are no digital core program reports.]
11. (a) Does the Licensee certify that at least 50% of the Core Programming counted toward meeting the additional programming guideline (applied to free video programming aired on other than the main program stream) did not consist of program episodes that had already aired within the previous seven days either on the station's main program stream or on another of the station's free digital program streams?  
  (b) If No, submit as an Exhibit a Statement of Explanation setting forth the number of repeats in excess of the repeat limit and the times and dates the episodes involved were aired.  
Non-Core Educational and Informational Programming
12. Complete the following for each program that you aired during the past three months that is specifically designed to meet the educational and informational needs of children ages 16 and under, but does not meet one or more elements of the definition of Core Programming. See 47 C.F.R. §73.671. Complete chart below for each additional such educational and information program.
[There are no digital non-core program reports.]
Sponsored Core Programming
13. List Core Programs, if any, aired by other stations that are sponsored by the Licensee and that meet the criteria set forth in 47 C.F.R. §73.671. Also indicate whether the amount of total Core Programming broadcast by another station increased.
[There are no digital sponsored core program broadcast reports.]
[There are no digital sponsored core program detail reports.]
Other Matters
14. Complete the following for each analog and digital program that you plan to air for the next quarter that meets the definition of Core Programming. Complete chart below for each Core Program, identifying whether it is to be broadcast on the station's analog or digital channel or both channels.
Title of Planned Core Program #1 Origin
BLUE'S CLUES NETWORK
Regular Schedule Total Times to be Aired
Saturdays, 10:00 - 10:30 AM 13
Length of Program Age of Target Audience
0 minutes From To
2 years 5 years
Describe the educational and informational objective of the program and how it meets the definition of Core Programming
In this series, a young adult host - together with Blue, a puppy whose personality and actions mirror those of a preschooler - brings viewers a variety of games, themes and concepts that are based on an age-appropriate educational curriculum. The program follows a narrative format, in which the host elicits contributions from the viewer to answer questions and move the action forward. The program's objectives include encouraging preschoolers to actively explore the world around them, fostering their problem-solving skills and independent reasoning, and creating a foundation of confidence and optimism for future learning.
Title of Planned Core Program #2 Origin
DORA, THE EXPLORER NETWORK
Regular Schedule Total Times to be Aired
Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:00 AM 13
Length of Program Age of Target Audience
30 minutes From To
2 years 5 years
Describe the educational and informational objective of the program and how it meets the definition of Core Programming
In this series seven-year-old Dora and her monkey travel companion Boots invite the audience to join them each week on a journey in which they will have to overcome various obstacles to reach an end goal. The series uses a CD-ROM/on-line adventure game format to encourage a variety of problem-solving strategies. The objectives of this program are to assist children in developing their problem-solving skills, reinforce their emerging cognitive skills, and make computers more familiar to them by introducing and using the conventions and vocabulary of computer games.
Title of Planned Core Program #3 Origin
HEY! ARNOLD NETWORK
Regular Schedule Total Times to be Aired
Saturdays, 11:00 - 11:30 AM 13
Length of Program Age of Target Audience
30 minutes From To
6 years 11 years
Describe the educational and informational objective of the program and how it meets the definition of Core Programming
This series revolves around the adventures of nine-year-old Arnold, who lives in his grandparents' boarding house, where he must interact with a group of eccentric boarders, as well as with his friends and other neighborhood children. Arnold uses his creativity, resourcefulness and calm to deal with the issues presented by life as a fourth grader in the big city. The objectives of this series are to help elementary school aged children to acquire better personal and social development skills through life-lessons, themes and stories that will cause them to think, assess, explore and monitor their own behavior, and to introduce them to a variety of people and issues in order to provide them with a springboard for understanding experiences in their own lives.
Title of Planned Core Program #4 Origin
THE WILD THORNBERRYS NETWORK
Regular Schedule Total Times to be Aired
Saturdays, 11:30 - 12:00 N 13
Length of Program Age of Target Audience
30 minutes From To
6 years 11 years
Describe the educational and informational objective of the program and how it meets the definition of Core Programming
This program follows the travels of Eliza Thornberry, whose parents produce nature documentaries and wander the globe in search of exotic places, plants and animals. Eliza has the ability to talk to animals, and her special gift allows her to see and understand the natural world in a very close and personal way. The objectives of the program are to help children learn concepts related to plants, animals and general ecology, and to experience the family interactions of children with parents who are committed to intellectual pursuits and have unique lifestyles.
Title of Planned Core Program #5 Origin
HEY! ARNOLD 2 NETWORK
Regular Schedule Total Times to be Aired
Saturdays, 12:00 - 12:30 N 13
Length of Program Age of Target Audience
30 minutes From To
6 years 11 years
Describe the educational and informational objective of the program and how it meets the definition of Core Programming
This series revolves around the adventures of nine-year-old Arnold, who lives in his grandparents' boarding house, where he must interact with a group of eccentric boarders, as well as with his friends and other neighborhood children. Arnold uses his creativity, resourcefulness and calm to deal with the issues presented by life as a fourth grader in the big city. The objectives of this series are to help elementary school aged children to acquire better personal and social development skills through life-lessons, themes and stories that will cause them to think, assess, explore and monitor their own behavior, and to introduce them to a variety of people and issues in order to provide them with a springboard for understanding experiences in their own lives.
Title of Planned Core Program #6 Origin
AS TOLD BY GINGER NETWORK
Regular Schedule Total Times to be Aired
Saturdays, 12:30 - 1:00 N 13
Length of Program Age of Target Audience
30 minutes From To
6 years 11 years
Describe the educational and informational objective of the program and how it meets the definition of Core Programming
This series is about the life of junior high school students as seen through the eyes of Ginger, a sixth grader who attempts to navigate between the worlds of popular and unpopular cliques. Ginger's analytic nature allows her to critique the prevailing social hierarchy, while also understanding the desire to be accepted. The objective of the program is to assist children in analyzing, interpreting and successful negotiating early individual and group experiences that hey may have in their families, schools and communities. This program is specifically designed to further the educational and informational needs of children, and has educating and informing children as a significant purpose.

15. Does the Licensee publicize the existence and location of the station's Children's Television Programming Reports (FCC 398) as required by 47 C.F.R. §73.3526(e)(11)(iii)? Y
16. Identify the licensee's children's programming liaison.
Name Telephone Number
Mary Moonen 860-244-1634
Address E-mail Address
WFSB, 3 Constitution Plaza mmoonen@mdp.com
City State ZIP Code
Hartford CT

17. Include any other comments or information you want the Commission to consider in evaluating your compliance with the Children's Television Act (or use this space for supplemental explanations). This may include information on any other non-core educational and informational programming that you aired this quarter or plan to air during the next quarter, or any existing or proposed non-broadcast efforts that will enhance the educational and informational value of such programming to children. See 47 C.F.R. §73.671, NOTES 2 and 3.
WFSB aired 2,530 Public Service Announcements designed for children both locally and on the Network. These public service announcements are part of a general rotation and run in all dayparts. WFSB conducted several tours, as well as anchor appearances to schools this quarter. A further description of PSA's aired by the station and other non-broadcast efforts are contained in a report which is maintained in the station's Children's Television File, and is available for review by the Commission upon request. On Saturday, October 5 and November 9 As Told By Ginger (12-12:30N) and Pelswick (12:30-1PM)were preempted due to NCAA Football and on October 19, November 2, 9, 16 due to UCONN Football. On December 7th, Hey! Arnold 2 (12-12:30N) and As Told By Ginger were preempted due to NCAA College Football. As Told By Ginger (12:30 - 1PM)on December 21 was preempted due to NFL Football. All these programs were rescheduled as indicated in this report.

WILLFUL FALSE STATEMENTS MADE ON THIS FORM ARE PUNISHABLE BY FINE AND/OR IMPRISONMENT (U.S. CODE, TITLE 18, SECTION 1001), AND/OR REVOCATION OF ANY STATION LICENSE OR CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (U.S. CODE, TITLE 47, SECTION 312(a)(1)), AND/OR FORFEITURE (U.S. CODE, TITLE 47, SECTION 503).

I certify that the statements in this application are true, complete, and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, and are made in good faith.

Name of Licensee Signature
Meredith Corporation
Date
01/09/03
FCC Form 398
March 2006