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FCC TO LAUNCH SWEEPING STUDY OF NEWS CONSUMPTION

May 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The FCC is about to launch a study to determine whether all Americans have access to news and information, regardless of their location, ethnicity, financial resources or any other relevant factor. In doing so, he commission will be casting an eye outside of its usual sphere — broadcasting — and encompassing newspapers and the Internet […]

EX-FCC COMMISSIONER JOHNSON BLASTS OBAMA’S PICK FOR FCC CHAIRMAN

May 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Former FCC Commissioner Nicholas Johnson, who in the late ’60s and early ’70s became perhaps the most controversial member ever to sit on the commission, has spoken out against President Obama’s choice of Tom Wheeler to replace Julius Genachowski as chairman of the FCC. Johnson, who warned — unheeded as it turned out — of […]

FCC CHAIRMAN GENACHOWSKI STEPS DOWN

March 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

As expected, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced his resignation today (Friday), saying that he plans to depart “in the coming weeks” rather than remain until the official end of his term on June 30. His resignation comes one day following the resignation of Commissioner Robert McDowell. Genachowski is a Democrat; McDowell a Republican. Genachowski’s term […]

FLACCO’S LANGUAGE MALFUNCTION ANGERS WATCHDOG GROUP

February 4, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

It may not have been on par with Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction in 2004, but Joe Flacco’s f-bomb following Sunday’s Super Bowl game was caught live by CBS and immediately went viral on the Internet. “This is f***ing awesome” Flacco was heard to remark, while an unidentified teammate shouted, “Holy sh**!” The exuberant remark brought […]

GROUP MOVES TO CHALLENGE FOX’S TV LICENSES

August 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Even while News Corp has been seeking to distance itself from the turmoil enveloping its British newspapers by planning to spin off its print division, a Washington DC consumers group is seeking the revocation of the media conglomerate’s TV licenses. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on Wednesday filed a petition with the […]

HIGH COURT SIDESTEPS CONTROVERSIAL RULING ON ON-AIR INDECENCY

June 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out rulings by the Federal Communications Commission that fined Fox and ABC for violating federal indecency standards. But the court’s own ruling dealt not with the principal question of free speech that the FCC’s action raised but with the narrower question of whether the commission had properly notified […]

NEWS CORP ADMITS IT HAS BREACHED FCC OWNERSHIP RULE

April 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With News Corp undoubtedly facing increased regulatory scrutiny in the U.S. as the phone-hacking scandal expands in the U.K., the company is acting to correct a breach of FCC laws regarding foreign ownership. The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that the media conglomerate will likely suspend half the voting rights of foreign shareholders to […]

NAB CONVENTION ATTENDEES — LAS VEGAS LOSERS MAY BE HAPPIER

April 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Discontent was virtually palpable as the National Association of Broadcasters annual meeting got under way in Las Vegas. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski delivered a short speech to the convention repeating his call for broadcasters to relinquish spectrum in order to expand wireless broadband and for them to reveal the ad rates that they charge political […]

TRIBUNE STATIONS REMAIN DARK ON DIRECTV

April 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Stations owned by Tribune Corp. disappeared from the satellite service DirecTV on Sunday in a dispute over retransmission consent fees. Tribune owns 23 TV stations in the U.S., including several in top markets. Tribune President Nils Larsen said in a statement, “We don’t want anyone to lose the valuable programming we provide, but we simply […]

U.K. REGULATOR WARNS STATIONS ABOUT OBSCENE LANGUAGE

March 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Several of the satellite-distributed digital channels that have sprung up in Britain in recent years have been airing libraries of older television shows, many of which originally were broadcast after 9:00 p.m. — the so-called watershed hour — and airing them earlier in the evening when children are likely to be watching, according to the […]

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