March 12, 1992 |
The influence that advertisers wield over stories appearing in newspapers, magazines and on broadcast stations has increased during the recession, according to a study released Wednesday by a public interest group. The 62-page study documents dozens of examples--almost half anonymous--of how fear of riling advertisers has allegedly pressured some news organizations to revise or kill stories.
January 20, 1994 |
Step-by-step advice on using the Telephone Consumer Protection Act is available for $3 from the Center for the Study of Commercialism, 1875 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20009. To find out about Private Citizen's list of consumers who don't wish to be called by telemarketers, call (800) CUT-JUNK. To become part of the Telephone Preference Service of the Direct Marketing Assn., write to the association at P.O. Box 9014, Farmingdale, N.Y. 11735.
December 18, 1993 |
Michael Jacobson didn't get angry at the telemarketers that interrupted him at home. He got even. The consumer advocate may be the first person in the nation to successfully sue a corporation under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991. His target was Citibank Corp., which settled the case for $750. Jacobson, head of the Center for the Study of Commercialism, told companies that called, "Please never call me again." The law says telemarketers must obey that command.
February 28, 1992 |
The folks who helped turn New York's Times Square into a neon jungle suddenly have their hands at the switch in Los Angeles. Van Wagner Communications Inc., the New York firm responsible for most of the pulsating neon signs in Times Square--including a $1-million Coke bottle--Thursday acquired half of the Los Angeles outdoor ad firm Martin Communications. Van Wagner Chief Executive Richard Schaps said he has big plans to light up Los Angeles.