I think I am going to (nicely) challenge this. It would be dreadful if every time someone voiced a concern (as opposed to a complaint) about the lack of studio era movies on TCM that someone else kept digging this statement up to throw it on to a thread as a way to stifle conversation.
I agree that it is good to see what Osborne said at the beginning, but I do not think as many people watch TCM to see the more current and watchable stars as they do to see the earlier watchable stars.
So we have to take Osborne's statement and put it on the operating table and start to slice it open...ouch, that hurts, I know...LOL
Well, it's always nice to be nice.
I don't think anyone's trying to "stifle conversation". They're simply pointing out to those who moan that TCM has wandered from its original mandate, that it has not. (wandered, that is.)
You know, to suggest that those who quote Robert Osborne's original opening speech for TCM, or the TCM mission statement, is tantamount to "stifling conversation" is itself a way of trying to stifle conversation.
Look, you're actually implying that just because it's in the TCM mission statement and Osborne's TCM launch speech (what? what's in those things? - - - the commitment to air "international" films and films from more recent years ---) - that this is no reason for the station to stick to those policies. I'm inferring from your earlier posts here, especially the one I quote here, that you feel that TCM somehow owes it to the viewers who prefer 1930-1960 mainstream American films,to give that content to them, and little else.
Shirley it's up to Turner Classic Movies whether they decide to stick with that original intent with regard to what they air, or to change it.
It's kind of like...oh, I don't know...if a bread manufacturer pledged to make their bread a certain way, with maybe a variety of choices within that way (multigrain, unbleached white, rye, and hey, I'll throw in some trendy gluten -free) and someone decided they didn't like some of the types of bread they were making. You wouldn't expect the company to change their bread, especially if they'd come up with a mission statement and all about it, now would you?
Upon re-reading that, it's just about the silliest comparison I could make. I don't even know if it makes sense to people. Well, I've had only one coffee today, and one piece of toast (with extra gluten.)
Still, the song remains the same. I mean, the point remains the same.
A company that provides a product to the public to consume, whether it's a television station or a bread manufacturer, has the right to produce that product the way they want, without being told they need to change it to please a few squiffy naysayers.
Why should we tell TCM, its mission statement writers, or Robert Osborne that they need to get with the programme and change? It's their frigging programme, they can do anything they want with it.
Thank you, I now need to go have more coffee. With extra caffeine. And more toast. I always request extra gluten in mine.