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Peggy Charren, a tireless advocate whose work pushing for more and better educational television programming for children began with a 1968 meeting of parents in her suburban Boston home, died Jan. 22.

Ms. Charren, 86, began her efforts for better programming at a time when the three broadcast networks had limited children's lineups, mostly dominated by Saturday morning cartoons. She helped create and led a nonprofit group called Action for Children's Television and was soon seeking meetings to cajole reluctant network-television executives.

Another campaign mounted by her group culminated in the Children's Television Act of 1990, a compromise measure that limited the number of commercials that could air during children's shows.

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995 by President Bill Clinton.

Vol. 34, Issue 20, Page 5

Published in Print: February 4, 2015, as Obituaries
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