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November 13, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Former Disney and News Corp. lobbyist Preston Padden is fronting a new organization for TV station owners interested in participating in the Federal Communications Commission's efforts to buy broadcast spectrum that it can auction off to wireless companies. So far, few broadcasters have publicly expressed a desire to sell either some or all of their spectrum. The FCC wants the spectrum because it fears there is a shortage looming given the explosion of mobile devices, especially in big cities.
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April 15, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before hopping a plane back to L.A.  The Skinny: I'm on the East Coast right now so the blood moon happened past my bedtime. The pictures looked cool though. I survived my Seder. Now I just need to burn off the meal and hope the rain doesn't mess with my flight. Today's headlines include a look at Turner Broadcasting as it begins an executive overhaul. Also, looks like David Fincher won't direct a Steve Jobs biopic for Sony Pictures. Finally, will CBS'  carrying prime-time football keep commercial rates for ESPN and NBC's football coverage from rising?
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December 15, 2009 | By Joe Flint
Walt Disney Co.'s Preston Padden, who has been one of the entertainment industry's biggest lobbyists in Washington for more than three decades, is retiring as executive vice president of worldwide government relations at the media giant. Padden, 62, will leave his post in January to later become a senior fellow and adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Law School. He will continue to advise Disney on strategic issues in the interim. Disney didn't name a replacement and said it was hiring a search firm to identify candidates.
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January 28, 2014 | By Joe Flint
This story has been corrected. See below for details. Two Los Angeles television stations want to test whether it is indeed better to share. Non-commercial KLCS-TV and commercial station KJLA-TV have asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to take part in an experiment to determine if the two stations can share the same airwaves without reducing the quality of their signals for viewers. The channel-sharing test, if successful, could encourage other broadcasters to do the same.
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January 28, 2014 | By Joe Flint
This story has been corrected. See below for details. Two Los Angeles television stations want to test whether it is indeed better to share. Non-commercial KLCS-TV and commercial station KJLA-TV have asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to take part in an experiment to determine if the two stations can share the same airwaves without reducing the quality of their signals for viewers. The channel-sharing test, if successful, could encourage other broadcasters to do the same.
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April 15, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before hopping a plane back to L.A.  The Skinny: I'm on the East Coast right now so the blood moon happened past my bedtime. The pictures looked cool though. I survived my Seder. Now I just need to burn off the meal and hope the rain doesn't mess with my flight. Today's headlines include a look at Turner Broadcasting as it begins an executive overhaul. Also, looks like David Fincher won't direct a Steve Jobs biopic for Sony Pictures. Finally, will CBS'  carrying prime-time football keep commercial rates for ESPN and NBC's football coverage from rising?
BUSINESS
May 29, 1997 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Preston Padden has joined ABC Inc. as president of the television network, less than a month after leaving News Corp., where he was the head of American Sky Broadcasting, the company's beleaguered satellite TV venture. Padden fills the post vacated by David Westin, who recently was named president of ABC News when Roone Arledge was promoted to chairman. Padden said he will take a more active role than Westin did in ABC's Washington lobbying efforts. Padden, a seven-year veteran of News Corp.
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January 5, 1989 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
Independent television stations are growing stronger every day. The problem is that the right people don't know it yet. That was the message Wednesday from Preston Padden, president of the Assn. of Independent Television Stations (INTV), which kicked off its annual convention at the Century Plaza. The meeting continues through Saturday.
BUSINESS
December 8, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
FCC Asks for Further Data on Fox: Federal regulators escalated their investigation into the ownership of Fox Inc., saying they would seek further information from the network. The Federal Communications Commission's Mass Media Bureau said it has reached no conclusion, according to a copy of the interim order.
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August 1, 1998 | Reuters
Patricia Fili-Krushel, head of ABC Daytime, has been named president of ABC Television Network, making her the first woman to head a Big Three network, ABC said. Fili-Krushel will replace Preston Padden, who was named last week as executive vice president of government relations for ABC and its parent, Walt Disney Co., and will be the chief lobbyist for the companies in Washington.
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November 13, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Former Disney and News Corp. lobbyist Preston Padden is fronting a new organization for TV station owners interested in participating in the Federal Communications Commission's efforts to buy broadcast spectrum that it can auction off to wireless companies. So far, few broadcasters have publicly expressed a desire to sell either some or all of their spectrum. The FCC wants the spectrum because it fears there is a shortage looming given the explosion of mobile devices, especially in big cities.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2009 | By Joe Flint
Walt Disney Co.'s Preston Padden, who has been one of the entertainment industry's biggest lobbyists in Washington for more than three decades, is retiring as executive vice president of worldwide government relations at the media giant. Padden, 62, will leave his post in January to later become a senior fellow and adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Law School. He will continue to advise Disney on strategic issues in the interim. Disney didn't name a replacement and said it was hiring a search firm to identify candidates.
BUSINESS
May 29, 1997 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Preston Padden has joined ABC Inc. as president of the television network, less than a month after leaving News Corp., where he was the head of American Sky Broadcasting, the company's beleaguered satellite TV venture. Padden fills the post vacated by David Westin, who recently was named president of ABC News when Roone Arledge was promoted to chairman. Padden said he will take a more active role than Westin did in ABC's Washington lobbying efforts. Padden, a seven-year veteran of News Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 1989 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
Independent television stations are growing stronger every day. The problem is that the right people don't know it yet. That was the message Wednesday from Preston Padden, president of the Assn. of Independent Television Stations (INTV), which kicked off its annual convention at the Century Plaza. The meeting continues through Saturday.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2003 | Edmund Sanders
ABC Television President Alex Wallau and other executives from the Walt Disney Co.-owned network lobbied commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission against reimposing regulations that prevent networks from only airing TV shows they own and produce. A coalition of independent producers and writers have asked the FCC to reinstate the agency's financial interest and syndication rule, which was struck down by a federal court in 1992.
BUSINESS
July 25, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Walt Disney Co. named ABC Television Network president and former News Corp. lobbyist Preston Padden head of government relations. Padden will report to Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Michael Eisner and handle the company's dealings with the federal government. Disney didn't immediately name a replacement. Padden joined ABC in May 1997 to take charge of ABC's advertising sales, affiliate relations and operations departments. He also lobbied the government on behalf of the network.
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