Submitted: May 12, 2008 - 9:10pm
Last updated: May 12, 2008 - 9:19pm
Commercial television broadcasters love to provide loads of programming that addresses the safety, cultural, educational, local civic and public affairs needs of their communities. But, oh, the paper work -- now that's a burden.
Rarely has one Federal Communications Commission filing provoked as much ire as this. Thirteen major broadcast and newspaper groups have filed lengthy denunciations of a public interest group's appeal to redo the FCC's recent relaxation of its TV station/newspaper cross-ownership ban.
As the Federal Communications Commission continues to consider whether or not to allow XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio, the nation's two satellite-radio companies, to become one, the Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union and Free Press, called the merger a "roadmap to monopoly" and asked the FCC to throw up its own roadblock after the Justice Department gave the deal a green light.
Submitted: May 12, 2008 - 9:07pm
Last updated: May 13, 2008 - 3:01pm
Cablevision’s $650 million purchase of Long Island (NY) newspaper Newsday shouldn't face high regulatory hurdles in Washington, according to Stifel Nicolaus analyst Blair Levin. “As best we can determine, the Federal Communications Commission would have no jurisdiction to directly review the transaction because there do not appear to be any communications licenses that would have to be transferred and require regulatory approval," he wrote to clients.
Sprint Nextel's plan to spin off its WiMax network and form a $14.5 billion joint venture with Clearwire may have hit a speed bump. On Monday iPCS, Sprint Nextel's largest affiliate, said it will try to block the deal that was announced last week.
Getting Hollywood actors paid for their smallest performances -- video clips on the Internet -- is shaping up as one their biggest sticking points in stalemated contract negotiations with major studios.
Philadelphia’s Wi-Fi project is in jeopardy. Over the past year, Wi-Fi builder EarthLink has exited a number of municipal Wi-Fi projects claiming they were unprofitable. Now, it appears that the company is preparing to exit its most ambitious municipal Wi-Fi project: Philly.
Submitted: May 12, 2008 - 8:36am
Last updated: May 13, 2008 - 2:58pm
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp on Saturday dropped its $580 million bid for Tribune Co's Newsday newspaper, just days after Murdoch said a deal was imminent, leaving cable television operator Cablevision as the likely winner of the Long Island daily.
Submitted: May 12, 2008 - 8:36am
Last updated: August 7, 2008 - 12:18pm
One year ago, when he was still a deputy White House chief of staff in the Bush administration, Karl Rove was more likely than not ducking news organizations. Now, he has joined them, as an analyst for Fox News and a contributor to Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal.
Submitted: May 12, 2008 - 8:35am
Last updated: May 13, 2008 - 8:26pm
An "outraged" Society of Professional Journalists called on the Pentagon to stop the practice of using military analysts on TV and other media as a "Trojan Horse" to carry the White House's message about the war in Iraq -- a story first reported by The New York Times.
The number of Americans being secretly wiretapped or having their financial and other records reviewed by the government has continued to increase as officials aggressively use powers approved after the Sept.
The Community Broadcasters Association is asking Congress for $450 million to make the conversion to digital as soon as possible, saying that many in the industry face bankruptcy and potential ruin due to government policies.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has denied a request from owners of thousands of low-power television stations to force a ban on government-subsidized converter boxes that can't display their signals.
William Saffo, mayor of Wilmington (NC), told C-SPAN Friday that he has assurances from Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin that if a hurricane or serious storm threatens his city, the commission will postpone the planned Sept.
A TV industry trying its best to keep up with nimble new-media competitors may have an expensive new albatross to deal with: the Federal Communications Commission’s series of proposals to promote localism.
This week, the television upfronts — in which the broadcast networks present their schedules to advertisers — will open with a mystery. Who stole six million viewers? That’s the number who were watching prime time television last May, a month affectionately known as “sweeps,” but have disappeared this year, according to the overnight Nielsen ratings.
After the writers' strike was settled in February, television broadcasters resolved to rethink how the coming upfront week would proceed. The networks are ordering far fewer pilots, test episodes of new series that are expensive to produce.
States attorneys general continued to register their concerns with the proposed XM Satellite Radio-Sirius Satellite Radio merger. The attorneys generals met with Federal Communications Commission member Jonathan Adelstein this week to talk about the lack of an interoperable radio that would work with both services, as well as their general concern that "significant harms" would result from "the loss of a direct competitor."