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.
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.
April 14, 2005 |
Responding to criticism over government videos packaged as TV news reports, federal regulators reminded broadcasters of rules requiring them to identify the source of such material. Tens of thousands of people have asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the failure of broadcasters to disclose the source of the government videos, Commissioner Michael J. Copps said.
January 9, 2002 |
Federal regulators on Tuesday reversed themselves and said they would not impose a $7,000 indecency fine on a Colorado Springs radio station for airing a version of rap singer Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady." The surprise about-face clears KKMG-FM, a top-40 radio station, of charges that the station violated Federal Communications Commission rules barring stations from airing "obscene, indecent or profane language."