October 12, 1990 |
A last minute compromise involving the right of cable television operators to obtain exclusive programming appeared to breathe new life Thursday into Senate legislation that would re-regulate the cable industry. But the bill still could be prevented from coming to a vote by Republican senators allied with the Bush Administration, which has threatened a veto on the grounds that the industry would be subjected to excessive regulation if the measure passes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1986 |
Three candidates in the race for a seat on the San Diego Board of Education announced Tuesday that they will not sign waivers allowing a local radio station to play a fourth candidate's musical jingles. Candidates Al Korobkin, Jim Roache and Sue Braun said they will not sign waivers allowing KFMB-AM (760) to play record producer Steve Vaus' tunes about the San Diego Padres.
December 20, 1985 |
General Electric and RCA Corp. have agreed to divest RCA's consumer electronics business if necessary to win government approval of GE's proposed $6.28-billion acquisition of RCA. But GE reiterated Thursday that it did not expect the government to raise antitrust objections that will force the divestiture of RCA's $2-billion consumer electronics unit, which, according to industry estimates, is the nation's leading seller of color televisions and videocassette recorders.
April 26, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google says it will pay the $25,000 fine imposed by the Federal Communication Commission but disputes the regulator's contention that it obstructed a probe of its Street View program. “Google has cooperated fully with investigations around the globe regarding this matter, acting in good faith at all times,” the Mountain View, Calif., company said Thursday in a letter to the FCC. "While Google disagrees with the premise of the Notice and many of its factual recitals, Google has determined to pay the forfeiture proposed in the Notice in order to put this investigation behind it. " The search giant also revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice had already completed its investigation into whether Google violated wiretapping laws when it collected and stored data from unprotected wireless networks while operating specially equipped cars that cruise the streets taking photographs for its mapping service.
March 13, 2014 |
The Federal Communication Commission's efforts to apply stricter oversight of partnerships between local television stations has created tensions inside the regulatory agency and with broadcasters. On Wednesday, the FCC's Mass Media Bureau issued a public notice saying it would "closely scrutinize" applications from television stations seeking to enter joint sales agreements or local marketing agreements. Such arrangements have become commonplace in the industry. Typically, a strong station partners with a weaker station on ad sales and/or other operations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1988 |
Captain Power has had a lot of success in his children's TV battles with the evil Lord Dread. But now he has a new foe--Santa Monica peace activist Jerry Rubin. Rubin, who is not related to the ex-yippie of the same name, announced Sunday at the Universal Studios Tour that he has begun a 43-day fast to protest Captain Power and other television programs that feature violent characters that are also sold as toys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1999 |
Support intensified Wednesday for proposed state legislation that would require phone number conservation measures and block future area code splits and overlays, such as those being proposed for the San Fernando Valley, West Los Angeles and the South Bay. Four of the six state legislators on a committee to draw up a compromise plan voiced skepticism about phone company assertions that additional area codes are needed. The committee will submit its plan to both houses by Friday, officials said.
November 14, 2008 |
The most talked-about tech job in government is one that never before existed. On the campaign trail, Barack Obama said he would appoint the nation's first chief technology officer who would, according to his website, help federal agencies use technology "to make government work better." But he's given no specifics about the job, leaving the tech community to speculate about the role and who might fill it.
July 28, 2000 |
The Federal Communication Commission pressed America Online Inc. and Time Warner Inc. on Thursday to offer a more concrete timetable for opening access to the companies' cable systems as the agency's regulators considered whether the mega-merger of the two companies was in the public interest. Top company executives faced their detractors at a meeting held by the FCC as accusations swirled over whether the $120-billion deal would stifle competition.
February 3, 1990 |
The Justice Department, taking a harder line on antitrust enforcement than the Ronald Reagan Administration did, is beefing up its antitrust division for the first time in 10 years. And the Administration's antitrust chief indicated in an interview that the Justice Department is fighting an effort by the Commerce Department to relax antitrust laws to permit joint production ventures--a move Commerce says would help U.S. firms compete with the Japanese and other foreign producers.