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December 13, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Excessively loud television commercials should be a thing of the past, thanks to the Federal Communications Commission. Responding to years of complaints that the volume on commercials was much louder than that of the programming that the ads accompany, the FCC on Tuesday passed the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act to make sure that the sound level is the same for commercials and news and entertainment programming. "Most of us have … experienced this ourselves: You're watching your favorite television program, or the news, and all of a sudden, a commercial comes on, and it sounds like someone turned up the volume — but no one did. Today, the FCC is quieting a persistent problem of the television age: loud commercials," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement.
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.
November 6, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators are poised to ease ownership restrictions on major-market media outlets in what could be a boost to some big players in the struggling newspaper industry. After two failed attempts to loosen its rules, the Federal Communications Commission is expected by the end of the year to approve a new proposal that would allow newspapers and television or radio stations in the 20 largest markets to consolidate. And unlike previous battles, there is little opposition this time to easing the so-called cross-ownership rules.
December 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The nation's top communications regulator Wednesday denied that his proposed media ownership rule has a major loophole that would allow newspapers and broadcast stations to merge in any size market. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin said he was willing to work with the two Democrats on the commission to change the wording of his proposal to make sure that any transaction resulting in cross-owned properties would face a "high hurdle" in the approval process.
September 3, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday that it would vote next week on whether to require 414 digital television stations to air educational children's programming, a plan pushed by the agency's Democratic members. The proposal has been opposed by more than 1,000 local TV stations that are members of the National Assn. of Broadcasters. They say it's premature to impose such a requirement during the early stages of U.S. conversion to digital TV. Democrats led by Michael J.
April 15, 2003 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
SBC Communications Inc. won federal approval Monday to offer long-distance service to Nevada residents after finally getting government recognition that certain wireless companies are eating into its telephone business. For the first time, the Federal Communications Commission determined that a wireless carrier of broadband personal communications service, or PCS, provided sufficient competition to satisfy a key criterion for allowing SBC to enter the long-distance market.
August 2, 2007
Foes of media consolidation are wringing their hands over Rupert Murdoch's $5-billion acquisition of Dow Jones & Co., publisher of the Wall Street Journal. The purchase gives News Corp., Murdoch's global media conglomerate, control over the country's second-most popular newspaper -- a nice addition to such assets as Fox Broadcasting Co., the FX cable network, the 20th Century Fox movie studio, 35 local TV stations, MySpace.
November 18, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to reject a request by television broadcasters such as ABC to force cable companies including Comcast Corp. to show both digital and analog versions of network programs, FCC lawyers familiar with the matter said. Broadcasters want shows such as ABC's "Monday Night Football" to be carried on cable both in the current analog format and in digital form to expand their audience to viewers with new high-definition televisions.
June 9, 2004 | Jeff Leeds, Times Staff Writer
Clear Channel Communications Inc., the nation's biggest radio broadcaster, has reached a deal with federal regulators to pay about $1.75 million in penalties to resolve an array of indecency charges, sources said Tuesday. The settlement would wipe away some fines already proposed by the Federal Communications Commission, as well as dozens of listener complaints that have yet to be ruled on by the agency, according to a person familiar with the matter.
March 2, 2002
As any insomniac who has listened to a TV station's early morning sign-off knows, broadcasters are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to operate "in the public interest.'' Not that you'd know that by watching the programming. A study released last week by the Kaiser Family Foundation found broadcasters retreating from commitments to public service that they made just before Congress handed them a set of regulatory breaks in the mid-1990s.
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