June 19, 2013 |
ABC News has tapped Dan Abrams to be an anchor of "Nightline. " The appointment of Abrams comes on the heels of ABC's decision to shift "Nightline" anchor Terry Moran to chief foreign correspondent for the network's news unit. Moran will be based in London. Abrams has been at ABC News since 2011. A lawyer, he has provided analysis of high-profile trials for the network, mostly on its morning show "Good Morning America. " ABC News President Ben Sherwood said Abrams would continue to appear there and have his own regular segment on the show.
May 12, 2012 |
The director of two movies shot on Cape Cod has been sentenced to a maximum of three years in state prison after admitting that he exaggerated expenses when he applied for Massachusetts film tax credits. Daniel Adams pleaded guilty last month to larceny and making a false claim when he applied for state film tax credits for the 2008 movie "The Golden Boys," with Bruce Dern and David Carradine, and "The Lightkeepers," a 2009 movie starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner. Prosecutors said Adams overcharged the state by $4.7 million for expenses related to those movies.
October 18, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before going back to bed for some more sleep. The Skinny: I was out of town Thursday on assignment and didn't get back home until about 1 a.m., so I'm groggy and wired at the same time. Friday's roundup includes the box office preview as well as a story about ABC possibly selling its stations. Also, the confirmation of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is being held up. Go Dodgers! Daily Dose: While broadcasters wait to see if the Supreme Court will hear its case to shut down Aereo, the start-up that delivers local TV station signals to consumers via the Internet continues to launch in new cities.
June 18, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before watching Tom Wheeler's confirmation hearing. The Skinny: Tom Wheeler, the nominee to be the next FCC chairman, will face a Senate confirmation hearing this afternoon. Should be entertaining. Tuesday's headlines include Bruce Rosenblum getting a new gig and a backlash against Tyler Perry's OWN shows. Daily Dose: Watchers of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday may have been taken off guard when ads for CNN's brand-new morning show "New Day" appeared.
January 31, 1993 |
The cellular telephone industry said Friday that it would pay for government-approved research to determine whether radio waves from cellular phones pose a cancer risk. "We recognize that some may find industry-sponsored research is suspect," said Tom Wheeler, president of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Assn. "Therefore, we are asking the federal government to appoint a blue-ribbon panel to review the methodology and findings of this research."
May 10, 2001 |
The use of cellular phones in vehicles has become a "significant highway safety concern," a top U.S. auto safety regulator told lawmakers Wednesday, but it would be premature to ban their use while driving. "We believe it's premature to push for federal legislation in this area," National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Executive Director Robert Shelton told the House Transportation Committee's panel on highways and transit.
December 12, 2013 |
Amid debate over safety, air rage and courtesy in the air, the Federal Communications Commission approved the first step in allowing passengers on airplanes to use cellphones in flight. The “notice of rule making” approved by a 3-2 vote Thursday means the FCC will now take comments from the public and experts before returning at a later date for a vote on lifting the agency's ban on cellphone use in the air. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who supported lifting the ban, made it clear that the FCC's decision does not require airlines to allow cellphone calls, even if the agency's ban is lifted.
December 12, 2013 |
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said a deal has been reached between the agency and mobile carriers that will make smartphone unlocking legal. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agreement will ensure customers are allowed to unlock their devices as well as receive information from their carriers on how and when they can do so. Smartphone unlocking allows users to switch the carriers that provide service for their devices. Some carriers like to keep the devices they sell locked to prevent customers from taking their smartphones to their rivals.
November 1, 2013 |
Acting Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn is not taking it easy during her final days as head of the regulatory agency. On Friday, Clyburn circulated a proposal to do away with the 40-year-old sports blackout rules, which allow the National Football League to blackout television coverage of games in a team's home market if it isn't sold out within 72 hours of kickoff. “Changes in the marketplace have raised questions about whether these rules are still in the public interest, particularly at a time when high ticket prices and the economy make it difficult for many sports fans to attend games," Clyburn said in a statement.