September 18, 2010 |
An old actor I know would watch a plodding drama and growl, "If you watch closely, it almost moves. " That's the feeling I'm getting, taking a look at the federal government's flimsy and fitful crackdown on news outlets and experts that fob off public relations drivel as news. I raised the subject earlier this week in a column about Elizabeth Werner, the perky spokesmom who pitches toys during news broadcasts on local stations around the country. She is just one of a pack of paid touts presented to viewers as if they were independent experts.
December 6, 2007 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
April 7, 2001 |
President Bush nominated two Republicans on Friday to fill vacancies on the Federal Communications Commission, giving newly appointed FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell strong political allies in his pursuit to streamline the agency and deregulate the communications industry. Bush said he planned to appoint Kevin J. Martin, currently special assistant to the president for economic policy, and Kathleen Q.
February 26, 2008 |
Federal regulators on Monday approved a long-pending deal allowing News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch to swap his controlling interest in satellite broadcaster DirecTV Group Inc. for a larger stake in his own company. News Corp.'s 38.4% stake in El Segundo-based DirecTV goes to former cable executive John Malone and his holding company Liberty Media Corp. Liberty also gets $550 million in cash and Fox's regional cable sports networks in Seattle, Denver and Pittsburgh in exchange for its 16.