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Television Networks That Tried To Bury Dirty Secrets

It's no secret that behind the glitz and glamor, the entertainment industry is a pretty dark place — and it's been like that for a long time. Scandalous stories of Old Hollywood involve tales of abuse, sexual assault, forced abortions, and mysterious deaths. Go back even further to the dark side of the silent film era, and that's filled with stories of ruthless studios, rampant racism, and sexual abuse. That was decades ago, of course, and while it's nice to think that things have changed...

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    Disturbing Scandals Nickelodeon Tried To Hide

    Disturbing Scandals Nickelodeon Tried To Hide

    Abuses suffered by child actors isn't a new or unknown thing: Hollywood laws were put in place to protect child actors as early as the 1930s. But abuses have continued, and according to some, they've been covered up in a big way. With that in mind, let's look at some of the biggest scandals that have hit Nickelodeon ... and why actors say it was allowed to go on for as long as it did.

    The Biggest Scandals To Hit ABC

    The Biggest Scandals To Hit ABC

    The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) was traditionally the younger, riskier sibling of America's big three networks (NBC, CBS, and ABC), starting back in the pioneering radio days of the early 20th century. As the smallest of the networks, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, ABC "distinguished itself by hiring popular singer Bing Crosby to perform on a weekly variety series," which also gave them a head-start on further recording innovations. When the world switched to TV, ABC continued to set itself apart with quirky offerings like cartoon caveman sitcom ("The Flintstones") during prime time.

    The Biggest Scandals To Ever Hit HBO

    The Biggest Scandals To Ever Hit HBO

    It's the network of gratuitous violence, sex that's just one camera angle away from making parents uncomfortable, and that one really awkward scene where Ramsay Bolton is eating a sausage. It's safe to say that HBO doesn't exactly go out of its way to avoid controversy, but some of its scandals have definitely been uglier than others. It's one thing to offer programming that features characters engaged in scandalous behavior, and it's quite another for the people who make the pay-television magic happen to engage in their own off-camera controversies.

    12 Biggest Scandals To Hit The BBC

    12 Biggest Scandals To Hit The BBC

    Despite its renown, the BBC has had a troubled history. Nearly every British home with a television set pays a license fee, which directly funds the BBC. This means that, when it screws up, it can lead to something of a "kerfuffle." (That's British for a ruckus.) To demonstrate, here are some of the major scandals that the BBC has had to deal with in the last few decades.

    The Biggest Scandals To Hit CBS

    The Biggest Scandals To Hit CBS

    CBS began as a radio network called the United Independent Broadcasters Inc. In 1927, the network was bought by the Columbia Phonograph Company and re-branded the Columbia Phonographic Broadcasting System; after Columbia sold the network in 1928 it was once again rebranded as the Columbia Broadcasting System—or CBS, as it's currently known. In the days before cable, CBS was one of the "big three" networks in the United States alongside ABC and NBC.

    The Biggest Scandals To Hit NBC

    The Biggest Scandals To Hit NBC

    The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is one of America's oldest media organizations and is, according to Encyclopedia Britannica, the first permanent radio network and oldest public broadcasting company in the United States. The company pioneered radio entertainment and news before doing the same for television. The network has been with Americans for almost a century, and any of the country's most beloved cultural and media icons were birthed by NBC — from "Star Trek" to "Seinfeld" to "Saturday Night Live" and the NFL to MSNBC and the "Today" show.

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