December 16, 2002 |
Michael J. Copps doesn't exactly cut the figure of a political heavyweight. He's an old-school Democrat on a Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission. A former history professor, Copps is so soft-spoken that even admirers say he can come across as a little dull.
December 13, 2011 |
For more than 10 years, Democratic Federal Communications Commissioner Michael J. Copps played the role of Howard Beale at the regulatory agency. Like the TV anchor from the movie "Network" — the role made famous by the late Oscar-winning actor Peter Finch — he was often mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Copps, who is resigning from the FCC at the end of the month, has always been far more outspoken than the typical regulator. He was unafraid to offend the powerful companies he was charged to keep in line.
July 14, 2010 |
In a sharp rebuke of the Bush-era crackdown on foul language on broadcast television and radio, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down the government's near-zero-tolerance indecency policy as a violation of the 1st Amendment protection of free speech. The ruling is a major victory for the broadcast TV networks, which jointly sued the Federal Communications Commission in 2006. The case was triggered by unscripted expletives uttered by Bono, Cher and Nicole Richie on awards shows earlier in the decade, and the court's decision calls into question the FCC's regulation of foul language and other indecent content on the public airwaves.
November 22, 2002 |
Michael J. Copps, the Federal Communications Commission's sole Democrat, said he would hold hearings as early as January on concerns about the proposed relaxation of media ownership rules. FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell has questioned the usefulness of such a proceeding. The move, hailed by consumer groups and some Hollywood unions, increases the political pressure on Powell to convene a formal FCC hearing, rather than risk embarrassing Copps.
April 18, 2007 |
Tribune Co. will have to mount some persuasive arguments why regulators should allow real estate mogul Sam Zell to take the media company private, Federal Communications Commissioner Michael J. Copps said. "This is a multifaceted proceeding, so I am not going to prejudge it. I will look at it in terms of the world we live in," Copps said on the sidelines of the National Assn. of Broadcasters' annual conference.
December 5, 2002 |
Bowing to political pressure, the Federal Communications Commission said it would convene a formal public hearing in February to gather input about proposals to relax long-standing media ownership rules that restrict who may own broadcasters and how large they can grow. Republican FCC Chairman Michael Powell had resisted calls for public hearings, fearing they would take too long and cost too much. But Powell relented after FCC Commissioner Michael J.