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March 17, 2010 | James Rainey
The Federal Communications Commission says that, in exchange for the right to use the airwaves we all own, a broadcaster must operate in the "public interest," airing "programming that is responsive to the needs and problems of its local community." From what a USC Norman Lear Center study has concluded -- Los Angeles television news stations manage just 22 seconds of local government coverage for every half hour on the air -- broadcasters follow FCC rules like L.A. drivers follow stop signs: as helpful reminders for anyone who doesn't happen to be in a big hurry.
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March 31, 2014 | By Joe Flint
The Federal Communications Commission approved new rules Monday that will greatly reduce and potentially bring to an end the popular practice of business partnerships between competing local television stations. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said such partnerships have been abused by many broadcasters who have used so-called joint sales agreements to get around the regulatory agency's rules limiting the number of television stations a broadcaster can own. The new guidelines are seen as a blow to several big broadcasters including Sinclair Broadcast Group and Nexstar Broadcasting, two of the nation's largest owners of local television stations.
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BUSINESS
December 8, 2001 | Bloomberg News
EchoStar Communications Corp. and other satellite-television companies lost a challenge to a U.S. requirement that they provide all local TV broadcasts if they carry one of the TV stations in a market. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit refused to overturn the federal law, and Federal Communications Commission rules implementing the law, that forces them to carry multiple local broadcasts starting in January.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission is set to consider tougher rules for local TV stations that would prohibit some of their joint negotiations with cable companies and limit deals between broadcasters to jointly sell advertising and share other services. The proposals Thursday by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler came as the agency prepared to start another broad review of its media ownership rules, as required every four years. Wheeler wants to begin the latest review with the tentative conclusion that the FCC should not loosen restrictions on joint ownership of TV stations and newspapers in the same markets.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 1992 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
Last Friday's aftershock near Big Bear sent local television ratings jumping: An additional 645,000 households looking for news switched on their TV sets immediately following the temblor. KTLA-TV Channel 5, which was on the air with its morning news show when the quake hit just after 8 a.m., led all stations in total ratings, picking up an additional 165,000 homes after the ground shook and averaging about 420,000 homes for the first hour following the quake.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 1999 | BRIAN LOWRY
If you grew up in Los Angeles between 1950 and the mid-1980s, you'll remember independent TV stations as the primary source of fun on the dial. Local television provided everything from children's shows to "The Million-Dollar Movie," "Twilight Zone" marathons to UCLA and USC games. Independents brought us Sherlock Holmes movies starring Basil Rathbone on Saturday nights and Sheriff John's birthday song each day, before we learned how to skip backward watching "The Three Stooges."
BUSINESS
May 25, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
EchoStar Communications Corp. was barred by a federal appeals court from delivering distant network signals to subscribers in a victory for local broadcasters. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta upheld a 2003 ruling in favor of the affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX and the FOX TV network. The broadcasters accused EchoStar of violating federal copyright law by bypassing local affiliates and airing network programs beamed from stations in cities such as New York and Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 1990 | KEVIN BRASS
KNSD-TV(Channel 39) program director Penny Martin called it a "preemptive" strike. Earlier this year, rival KGTV(Channel 10) bought the rights to Maury Povich's new talk show, which won't air until Sept., 1991, before, she says, Channel 39 even had "an opportunity to be interested in it." It was just one of several maneuvers and strategy adjustments that went into this year's edition of syndication poker, the annual bidding competition on the new crop of original syndicated programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1996
A coalition of civic, religious and business groups has been trying to get local TV stations to agree to set aside 10 minutes out of each news hour to cover the ballot issues that will be voted on just four weeks from now. For the most part, the TV Campaign '96 Coalition has run into a stone wall. Only the area's two Spanish language stations, KMEX-TV Channel 34 and KVEA-TV Channel 52, say they are providing the kind of coverage on state and local measures that the coalition seeks.
NEWS
October 18, 1988 | THOMAS B. ROSENSTIEL and KEITH LOVE, Times Staff Writers
After a rough night, the Democratic politician looked into the camera and, without flinching, got out the words: "I think the momentum really is with the Dukakis-Bentsen ticket at this time." And last Thursday and Friday, KCRA-TV in Sacramento aired that claim by Democratic Rep. Robert T. Matsui again and again, even as national commentators--and even some prominent Democrats--were saying Michael S. Dukakis had not helped his candidacy with his debate performance in Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2013 | By Meg James
Tribune Co. on Friday completed its acquisition of the independent Local TV Holdings group, transforming the Chicago company into one of the largest broadcasters in the nation with 39 television stations. The move, announced by Tribune Chief Executive Peter Liguori, is an important first step in the company's evolution from a company dependent on dwindling revenue from its newspapers and into a formidable broadcast group that reaches an estimated 50 million U.S. homes. Tribune is the parent company of the Los Angeles Times.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Are local cable TV operators riding off into the sunset? Some folks think so -- and they have some new stats to back up their point. This week a pair of industry analysts claimed that the U.S. pay-TV business, once considered a veritable license to print money, just suffered its worst 12-month period in history, as The Times' Meg James reported . Cable operators lost nearly 700,000 subscribers during the third quarter of 2013 (Time Warner...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2013 | By Joe Flint, This post has been updated. Please see details below
The fight over Aereo is moving to Utah. On Monday afternoon, Fox Broadcasting Co., Sinclair Broadcast Group and Local TV filed suit in federal court in Utah against Aereo, the start-up company that streams broadcast TV signals to consumers via the Internet. Broadcasters have already challenged Aereo on copyright violation in New York and Boston. This suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Utah, where Aereo recently launched its service, makes similar allegations. Aereo, whose financial backers include media mogul Barry Diller, provides access to broadcast TV signals via smartphones, tablets and Internet-friendly TVs. For a fee, Aereo subscribers get a tiny antenna that can pick up the signals of broadcasters.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Meg James
Tribune Co. has agreed to purchase 19 television stations owned by Local TV Holdings in a $2.73-billion deal that is expected to make Tribune the largest television station group in the country. Tribune and Local TV Holdings said early Monday that they had entered into a definitive agreement for Tribune to acquire all of Local TV's television stations in a cash transaction. Local TV's stations are located in 16 markets, including Denver, Salt Lake City, Cleveland and Kansas City.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Actor Liev Schreiber and crew from the new Showtime drama "Ray Donovan" were filming at Union Station in downtown L.A. on Tuesday, joining a surge in local TV production this quarter. Production days for television shoots jumped 30% last week and are up 29% so far in the second quarter compared with the same time last year, according to a Los Angeles Times review of permit data from FilmL.A. Inc. Feature production activity also continues to rise, but at a slower pace. Feature production days (from April 1 through Sunday)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2013 | By Joe Flint
One of the challenges for local TV stations when it comes to putting their live feed online is making sure the signal doesn't travel beyond their home market. That's because the deals local TV stations make for much of the programming they carry come with restrictions on where that programming can appear. For example, a station carrying Ellen DeGeneres' show in Boston isn't allowed to put it on a platform on which someone in Philadelphia could watch it, undercutting the local Philly station that also has rights to the show.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 1992 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
There's a special place in our memories for unforgettable TV moments. On the world-shaking scale, it can range from the shooting of J.F.K. to Peter Arnett reporting solo to the world from Iraq. But there are other moments, seemingly in your own back yard, that stay with you forever. The defining TV moment of the 1989 Northern California earthquake was the shot of the moving car that suddenly sank into the Bay Bridge.
SPORTS
October 28, 1986 | MARK HEISLER, Times Staff Writer
OK, now for Raidermania. They've already sold 87,000 tickets for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos at the Coliseum and hope to sell out today, which would allow the game to be shown on local television. The Raiders may have struggled, but their attendance has held up. The team that averaged 52,597 in 1983, the season they won the Super Bowl, and 70,023 the year after, is running just below the franchise record of 70,306 set last season.
OPINION
March 6, 2013 | Patt Morrison
Robert Kennedy was a young Bill Rosendahl's hope for the White House, but Kennedy's rival, Hubert Humphrey, practiced the "happy warrior" style of politics that represents the principles Rosendahl has embraced. As he leaves the Los Angeles City Council after two terms, his eight years in office (and a diagnosis of cancer, now in remission) have not extinguished Rosendahl's cheerfulness, but they have given his warrior side an instruction booklet. He's crusaded for gay rights, for better care for the homeless and his fellow veterans, for mass transit.
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