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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.
March 26, 1986 | LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
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 | Associated Press
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 | By Jessica Guynn
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 | By Joe Flint
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.
January 16, 2009 | Associated Press
At noon sharp Thursday in Hawaii, a message appeared on analog TV sets across the islands: "All full-power Hawaii TV stations are now digital." The state shut down old-fashioned broadcast signals more than a month before the rest of the country is set to make the now-contentious switch. Even before the change, residents lighted up TV help-center phone lines set up by the Federal Communication Commission. More than 300 calls came in Wednesday, and 10 lines were lighting up Thursday.
October 18, 1987 | Paul Lion, Lion is a free-lance writer and host of KPFK's "Media Rare." and
Early this year, Southern California's alternative radio station KPFK narrowly escaped criminal prosecution and license revocation. The station had broadcast a drama that used language found on the Federal Communication Commission's dreaded list of "7 dirty words." No such restraints inhibit Lionel Rolfe's first novel, "Last Train North." The book begins in 1969.
July 25, 2009 | Bob Pool
Other kids are consumed with cellphones, text messages and Tweets, e-mails and Facebook postings. But 75 teenagers in Calabasas have become licensed amateur radio operators and hope to lead a new wave of shortwave enthusiasts. For them, the image of the gray-haired ham radio hobbyist tinkering with capacitors, carrier frequencies and coaxial antenna cables is as old-fashioned as the dots and dashes of Morse code.
January 4, 1988 | TERRY SPENCER, Times Staff Writer
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.
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.
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