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."
The Cowles Publishing Co. has closed on its purchase of four TV stations -- two duopolies -- from Newport Television. The deal includes two full-power CBS affiliates -- KCOY Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo, Calif.
With economic hard times, broadcast groups are reporting disappointing first quarters almost across the board. And while there's still the expectation that the political ad bonanza will arrive later this year, broadcasters need to make good on their promises of new revenue streams if they hope to convince investors of their future.
Pappas Telecasting, a private broadcasting group, filed for bankruptcy protection, citing a range of troubles from weak advertising revenue to poor network ratings that led to its current state. The company said its advertising revenues were hurt by the "extraordinary downturn" in the housing market and higher energy costs.
House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Rep Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act (HR 5994), a bill that would subject broadband providers to antitrust violations if they block or slow Internet traffic.
The House of Representatives has passed legislation that would allow law enforcement authorities to seek the forfeiture of property used in copyright infringement. The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act, or PRO-IP Act, would also create a new Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement representative, often called a copyright czar, in the White House.
On Thursday Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin confirmed that Wilmington, North Carolina, will be the first market to test the transition to digital television (DTV) in advance of the nationwide transition to DTV on February 17, 2009.
Eleven TV stations in central Florida have banded together to run a test designed to flush out viewers who are not technologically prepared for the congressionally mandated nationwide switch to digital television on Feb.
Acting National Telecommunications and Information Administration head Meredith Attwell Baker said Thursday that the NTIA has the authority to allow consumers to reapply for digital-TV-to-analog converter-box coupons, which expire after 90 days.
Satellite operator Dish Network took the opportunity of the Federal Communications Commission's announcement of a market pulling the plug on analog TV to put in a plug for its low-cost converter box. Dish said it will have its new DTV-to-analog converter boxes (priced at $39.99) available in the Wilmington, N.C., market in time for the planned Sept. 8 date for pulling the plug on analog by the network affiliates there.