Tuesday, October 27, 2020

REGULATORS COULD YANK MURDOCH’S TV LICENSES

March 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

OFCOM, Britain’s official television regulator, is considering the possibility of yanking the license that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp holds to operate BSkyB as its controlling owner, the London Financial Times reported today (Friday). OFCOM is also assessing the question of whether James Murdoch should be allowed to continue to head the satellite broadcaster, according to […]

REPORTERS AT U.K. FIGHT BACK — AT MURDOCH AND POLICE

February 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As the Scotland Yard investigation began looking into the possibility that Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper attempted to bribe and otherwise corrupt public officials in order to obtain information for exposés, personnel at the newspaper have begun to fight back. Referring to the arrest of five top journalists at the paper — Britain’s largest — over […]

FCC WANTS BETTER DISCLOSURE OF PAY-FOR-PLAY NEWS

January 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Steve Waldman, who recently headed an FCC panel that looked into so-called pay-for-play news operations, has refuted claims by the National Association of Broadcasters that the findings of the panel provided “little to no evidence that ‘pay for play’ sponsorships in news, where advertisers are allowed to dictate news scripts, are a systematic problem.” Waldman, […]

IT’S OFFICIAL: HOWARD STERN TO JUDGE AMERICA’S GOT TALENT

December 16, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The decision to replace the departing Piers Morgan with shock jock Howard Stern on NBC’s America’s Got Talent quickly set off the kind of controversy that the producers no doubt expected when they selected him. And Stern immediately made it clear that he will shake things up on the show but will not do anything […]

FORMER FCC CHIEF; CABLE AND WEB REACHING CONVERGENCE

December 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Former FCC Chairman Michael Powell, who is now president of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, has voiced the opinion that cable and the Internet are converging and will eventually become one and the same. In an interview due to air on C-SPAN this weekend, Powell said, “A pipe is a pipe now; data is […]

NETWORKS, STATIONS BREAKING LAW ON PRODUCT DISCLOSURE

December 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Experts who tout products on daytime television talk shows are frequently paid by the products’ manufacturers for their endorsement — despite FCC rules barring such paid recommendations without disclosure, the Washington Post observed today (Wednesday). The Post cited the case of Alison Rhodes, who is often introduced as a “safety mom” and touts products promoting […]

CBS WINS “NIPPLEGATE” CASE AGAIN

November 3, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

For a second time, a federal appeals court has tossed out the $550,000 fine that the FCC meted out to CBS stations that aired the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” involving Janet Jackson during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. In a 2-1 ruling the court said that the FCC had failed to notify broadcasters that it […]

FCC BROADENS ITS DECENCY APPEAL TO SUPREME COURT

September 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In addition to the Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” case the Supreme Court may now hear the FCC’s appeals of two other decisions by appellate courts that appeared to deal a death blow to the agency’s enforcement of broadcast decency rules. On Thursday the commission filed a 54-page petitioner brief refuting the appellate courts’ rulings that […]

FCC BURIES FAIRNESS DOCTRINE

August 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

As part of a house-cleaning effort to rid itself of some 80 no-longer-enforced regulations, the FCC on Monday relegated the Fairness Doctrine to the trash bin, The rule, which required broadcasters to broadcast opposing sides of controversial issues, had been abandoned by the communications regulator in 1987, but it had remained on the books. Monday’s […]

BRITISH TV REGULATOR PROBES NEWS CORP HACKING

July 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

OFCOM, Britain’s equivalent to the FCC, has notified Parliament that it plans to look into the question of whether News Corp remains a “fit and proper” licensee for BSkyB. Noting that News Corp’s 39.1-percent stake in BSkyB gives it “material influence” over the company, the largest commercial broadcaster in Britain, OFCOM said it has been […]

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