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Bigger Than Enron
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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The meteoric rise and stunning collapse of Enron caused many to question why the watchdog system that was supposed to protect investors failed to sound any alarms about the company's dubious financial underpinnings. But Enron and Arthur Andersen are the tip of the iceberg. In the late 1990s, Enron was just one of the more than 400 corporations forced to dramatically restate their value because of accounting lapses, failures or fraud. What went wrong? In this program, FRONTLINE examines an oversight system gone soft. Through interviews with SEC officials, corporate executives, members of Congress and investor advocates, the documentary explores how market deregulation and conflicts of interest between analysts and the companies they were reporting on eroded the system of controls designed to protect stockholders from investment fraud.



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