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Ten O'Clock News; Melvin King


Mel King (candidate for mayor of Boston) attends a meeting of the Tent City Corporation, chaired by Joan Tighe (chairwoman, Tent City Corporation), regarding the development of the Tent City site. Tighe says that the group will work to maintain affordable housing units at the site and to scale down a proposed plan for a parking garage on the site. Crowd sings happy birthday to Tinghe. Christy George interviews King about his position on housing issues and those of his opponents Ray Flynn (candidate for mayor of Boston) and David Finnegan (candidate for mayor of Boston). King criticizes condominium conversions and talks about the need for a strong rent control program. King discusses the link between employment and housing, and says that the community needs more low- and moderate-income housing units. King notes that the federal government is not aware of the housing crisis across the nation; he adds that the federal government needs a better housing policy.

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Ten O'Clock News

Melvin King

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Broadcast program

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Flynn, Raymond L.
King, Mel
Housing policy
African American politicians
City planning
Political campaigns
Rent control
Finnegan, David I.
Federal government
South End (Boston, Mass.)
News Report
King, Mel (Interviewee)
George, Christy (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Melvin King,” 09/19/1983, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed July 17, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B12CB638F9674021BC1F6E41F3B22BA5.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Melvin King.” 09/19/1983. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. July 17, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B12CB638F9674021BC1F6E41F3B22BA5>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Melvin King. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B12CB638F9674021BC1F6E41F3B22BA5
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