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10 [Brill] founded Court TV in large part because as a reporter covering trials closely [he] often was stunned by how jurors — who, unlike other members of the public, had actually seen the system up close and for real — usually came away respecting and appreciating it, and how surprised they were at how that positive view differed from the media view they had been given of law and lawyers before they had come to court. A. 11 While sitting in a New York City taxi, Brill heard a confusing radio sound bite about a criminal trial.

Schleiff's philosophy to embrace a more diverse audience and a larger audience for prime time schedules which complement the day time schedule of live trials. The day time schedule provides a complete picture, as opposed to "highlights", taking a sound bite and a tabloid approach. The prime time either features fictional series like "Homicide" or Court TV's original series "The System", which looks at all aspects of the legal system. By providing a full flavor for the entire trial proceeding, these programs provide original and compelling documentaries.

Court TV responded: At Court TV, we feel strongly that trials can be educational as well as entertaining. The framers of our constitution intended that trials that were important to a community be open to that community.... While [conventional news] reporting can be valuable in helping us to sort out the issues involved, it can never replace the understanding we can gain from viewing actual proceedings. Consequently, many of us have become jaded or just plain misinformed about the workings of our judicial system.

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