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Media Briefing for Wednesday, July 16, 2008

staff | July 16th, 2008

Increasing use of the Internet and video games is being blamed. One of the largest studies of its kind shows just how sluggish American children become once they hit the teenaged years: While 90 percent of 9-year-olds get a couple of hours of exercise most days, fewer than 3 percent of 15-year-olds do. What’s more, the study suggests that fewer than a third of teens that age get even the minimum recommended by the government – an hour of moderate-to-vigorous exercise, like bicycling, brisk walking, swimming or jogging. The sharp drop raises concerns about inactivity continuing into adulthood, which could endanger the children’s health throughout their lives, the study authors say. Associated Press reports.

Newspaper stocks lost $3.9 billion in two weeks, says Lost Remote.

The Atlantic Journal Constitution is cutting 8% of its staff.

An open letter to Craigs List urges the site to help newspapers, according to Lost Remote. Craigs List has deeply hurt classified advertising in newspapers, which accounted for as much as half of newspapers’ revenues.

The publisher of the Washington Post says newspapers spend a great deal of time covering their own demise, according to the New York Observer.

Why aren’t investigative journalists reporting on gasoline prices and big oil? Portfolio reports.

Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume reportedly will leave the Special Report airing at 6 each weekday evening, says the New York Times. Brit Hume was with ABC News for 23 years before joining Fox. The Washington Post also reports.

Working for George W. Bush and for the Fox News Channel is different, but also the same, says the Globe and Mail of Toronto.

The price of the Wall Street Journal on the newsstand goes up from $1.50 to $2 on July 28, says Portfolio.

Congress’ investigative arm is raising concerns about contracts awarded to local TV and radio stations that broadcast to Cuba, according to a report just released. The U.S. Office of Cuba Broadcasting beams its Radio and TV Marti broadcasts to Cuba to provide an alternative to the communist island’s government-run media. It awarded the noncompetitive contracts to the local Miami stations in 2006, following a push from the Bush administration to step up broadcasts to Cuba, as well as the announcement by former Cuban President Fidel Castro that he was stepping down due to health problems. The contracts marked a major change in government practice, since the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, which oversees the broadcasts, is generally not allowed to air its programs within the United States to avoid the appearance of domestic propaganda. Associated Press reports. The service, Radio Mambi is heard on Miami’s 50,000 watt AM station WAQI 710 which is highly directional toward the south and Cuba during hours of darkness, and with a large salt water patch reaches Cuba during the day. But it is blocked by a powerful station on 710 in Havana.

Film and arts critics are being terminated at newspapers all across the nation, says the Raleigh News & Observer.

Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corporation owns The New York Post, and Mortimer Zuckerman, the real estate developer and owner of The New York Daily News, who for years have been bitter tabloid competitors, are considering the unthinkable: cooperation, report the New York Times and Media daily News.

Talk Show host Les Crane, known for TV talk shows on the ABC television network and on WNEW-TV channel 5 New York, has passed away at age 74. In the mid 1960s, Crane was host of a number of late night TV talk shows on ABC as ABC’s answer to NBC’s Johnny Carson. The first American TV appearance of the Rolling Stones was on Crane’s program in June 1964. According to Wikipedia, Bob Dylan, who rarely appeared on television, did a spot with Crane in early 1965. Crane also interviewed important people like slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, George Wallace, and Robert Kennedy. Crane was mentioned in the 1966 Phil Ochs song Love Me, I’m A Liberal. And Crane gets credit for naming “The Mamas and the Papas.” Crane’s confrontational interview technique, along with a “shotgun” microphone he aimed at audiences, earned him the name “the bad boy of late-night television.” Les Crane was also the first person to have an openly gay person, Randy Wicker, on his television show, marking an important moment in gay rights history. In late 1971, the recording of Les Crane’s reading of Desiderata reached #8 on the Billboard charts . It had great influence on mainstream society and became a counterculture anthem of sorts. This information is from Wikipedia. The recording was considered inspirational and positive. The New York Times says his place of birth is disputed, with some saying Long Beach, Long Island, some the Bronx, and others San Francisco. The NewYork Times reports.

A study shows that in the year 2013, entertainment video viewing will be less than 50% television, says Media Post.com.

ABC.com has reached record video traffic, says Lost Remote.

The FCC has dismissed challenges to TV station licenses over coverage of the 2004 elections, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

New York City’s only black-owned FM station, WBLS 107.5, has been nominated as a Legendary Station in the Marconi Awards presented by the National Association of Broadcasters. Radio Online reports.

Intel is reporting a sharp rise in profit and said strong demand worldwide for computer chips would continue in the current quarter. The New York Times reports.

Yahoo and Google have defended their ad alliance at a Washington hearing, says the New York Times.

AOL is looking for love at Google or Microsoft, says Lost Remote.

Apple has sued Psystar Corp., the computer maker that in April started selling Intel-based systems with Mac OS X pre-installed, for copyright and software licensing violations, according to court records and a Florida attorney. The New York Times reports.

Sprint Nextel, the wireless carrier, is in early talks to form a partnership with SK Telecom of South Korea to share information about mobile phones and other technology, according to people briefed on the talks. The New York Times reports.

Where to eat? Ask your iPhone, says the New York Times.

For those with iPhone envy, there are ways to unlock the potential of the Blackberry, says the Wall Street Journal.

PC World looks at 17 apps that iPhones need.

Google will protect uses’ identities from Viacom, under a new agreement, says the NewYork Times.

Under a deal with Google, ads on Yahoo could cost 22 percent more, says the New York Times.

The San Francisco computer engineer charged with masterminding a cyber-coup of the city’s network is being paid as he sits in jail, refusing to allow other administrators to get into the system that controls e-mails, law enforcement records and payroll documents, authorities say. The computer engineer, Terry Childs, 43, of Pittsburg, California, who earns a six-figure salary with the San Francisco city Technology Department, appeared in court yesterday on four felony counts of computer tampering before being returned to his jail cell. He is being held in lieu of $5 million bail, says the San Francisco Chronicle.

The CEO of Yahoo is being accused of allegedly admitting that its deal with Google would reduce competition. A Microsoft executive has told a U.S. Senate antitrust panel that Jerry Yang made the comment during a private meeting, report the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, and Bloomberg News.

There are sophisticated digital scales that assist in getting precise numbers for following recipes, says the Wall Street Journal.

Germany’s data-protection agencies have started to monitor street scanning by Google as the owner of the most popular Internet search engine seeks to build three- dimensional city pictures for its Google Earth application. The Federal Commissioner For Data Protection, a Bonn-based agency, said Google’s activities in filming German streets are “problematic” though federal and state data-protection agents have yet to find a legal basis to hinder filming that’s carried out by cameras mounted on vehicles. This report is from Bloomberg News.

Sony’s is raising the curtain on a PlayStation 3 movie download service. The company announced at the E3 Business and Media Summit it will launch a downloadable movie service Tuesday featuring films from such studios as Disney, Fox and Warner Brothers. Associated Press reports.

The 3 major TV network news anchors will be accompanying Barack Obama on his trip to the Middle East next week, says the Washington Post.

U.S. House Democrats have launched the first TV ads of the campaign, reports Associated Press.

TV ad money shows the Democrats’ faith in congressional contests, says the Orlando Sentinel.

Two telemarketing companies that sell Dish Network’s satellite TV services have agreed to pay fines of $95,000 for ignoring the federal do-not-call list and hanging up on customers, federal regulators say. Planet Earth Satellite Inc., of Phoenix, Arizona and its president have been charged with calling consumers whose phone numbers are on the National Do Not Call Registry. Star Satellite LLC, based in Provo, Utah, is accused of making telemarketing calls that failed to connect consumers to a live telemarketer within two seconds after consumers answer the call. Associated Press reports.

Radio revenues dropped 7% in June, compared to June 2007, says Media Daily News.

Mort Walker who draws the Beetle Bailey cartoon for the daily newspapers, has a $20 million collection of cartoons, but no place to put them, says the Wall Street Journal.

The owners of the Las Vegas Sun are looking at creating a Las Vegas TV Network.

The Hollywood Reporter has laid off 12 employees, including 10 editorial employees, says Folio.

Washington Post-Newsweek, which already owns Miami ABC affiliate WPLG channel 10, is buying NBC station WTVJ channel 6, to create a television duopoly in Miami, says the Miami Herald.

Three-fourths of Canadians will be online soon, says eMarketer.

World War II England is the theme on Masterpiece Theatre Sunday evening at 9 on Thirteen/WNET and PBS, says the New York Times.

Media Briefing for Tuesday, July 15, 2008

staff | July 15th, 2008

The upheaval at the Tribune Company continues as the publisher of The Los Angeles Times and the top editor of The Chicago Tribune have stepped down, both at a time when their papers are preparing for major redesigns and deep cuts in their newsroom staffs. This report is from the New York Times, Media Daily News, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.

Fox News is defending its hiring of Karl Rove as an analyst, says Broadcasting & Cable. Rove denies his presence taints Fox, reports Reuters.

The controversial New Yorker magazine cover depicting Barack Obama and his wife, the Washington Post examines the question, “is it funny if it has to be explained?” The Washington Post reports on situations “when art gives offense.” The Wall Street Journal also reports. Democrats are upset, says the Baltimore Sun.

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien examines the black middle class, reports the Denver Post.

When PBS shows King Lear will it include the nude scene? The Washington Post reports.

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee will be filling in for Paul Harvey today and tomorrow on the ABC radio network, and is being considered for a TV show on the Fox News Channel, says the Morning News of Northwest Arkansas.

He says there are magazines aimed at the college generation but are not produced by students. So Marc Andrew Deley left Boston College to cover it. In a tiny corner of a South Boston office, Deley runs Rez(life), a new magazine that chronicles culture, fashion, and student life at the Chestnut Hill campus. Deley recently dropped out of BC because of his hectic work schedule as a freelance news photographer. But he also left to focus on a magazine that is written by college students who are also featured as models in the photo spreads. This report is from the Boston Globe.

Radio frequency identification tags, the tiny devices that let people drive through tolls without stopping and make life harder for shoplifters, are increasingly being used by hospitals – to monitor the quality of blood products, for example. But a new study suggests that the tags may pose a danger when they are kept in places like intensive care units: the signals they give off can interfere with the working of critical care equipment. The New York Times reports.

The intersection of bloggers and the law is an uneasy one, says the New York Times.

Sesame Street on PBS is upgrading its address on the Web, says the New York Times.

A U.S. court has cleared eBay in a suit over the sale of counterfeit goods. But the decision is in contrast to recent European court rulings, says the New York Times.

Which way is up? Yahoo, Microsoft and billionaire investor Carl Icahn can’t agree, says the New York Times.

An outraged investor Carl Ichan is resolved to oust the Yahoo board of directors, says Associated Press.

From the inside, Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang is looking out for Yahoo, says the New York Times.

Microsoft says Yahoo misrepresented the latest Microsoft offer, says the San Jose Mercury News.

Apple sold one million of its new iPhones in its first weekend, reports Reuters.

New iPhone applications have great promise, says the New York Times.

In Colombia, the highest rated TV show is providing a look into the Colombian drug cartel, reports Associated Press.

A Virus may have infected Web ads in the state of Washington. Pacific Northwest Computer users who visited seattletimes.com, seattlepi.com or NWautos.com between 9 a.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday may have been affected, reports the Seattle Times.

mocoNews says iPhone users are experiencing glitches after installing applications.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 will stream Netflix movies, says Associated Press.

Microsoft, which introduced the Xbox in 2001, wants games that appeal to the masses, says the New York Times.

The European Commission will propose legislation to slash the cost of sending and receiving SMS messages on mobile phones while roaming, Telecommunications Commissioner Viviane Reding is set to announce. However, no such intervention is planned for other types of data transfers via mobile, such as Internet services and e-mail messages, according to a person close to Reding’s office, says the IDG News Service.

Former ABC talk show host Les Crane has passed away at age 74, says Variety.

Nine radio groups have joined TargetSpot, says Media Daily News.

Verizon is shutting off analog in Maryland and northern Virginia. Verizon, as part of its promise to federal regulators to eliminate analog TV service for FiOS TV, will stop distributing analog versions of broadcast signals in Maryland and Northern Virginia starting this coming Monday, says MultiChannel News.

Is Facebook right for the teenaged? The Washington Post has a piece.

A California state senator is targeting helium-filled foil balloons, which sometimes are used in marketing, says the Wall Street Journal.

Mobility is aiding CNN, says the Denver Post.

New York City has set formal rules for filming movies and TV shows on city streets, reports Associated Press.

Fox News Channel’s Mike Wallace says MSNBC lost credibility during the Barack Obama- Hillary Clinton fight for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Media Briefing for Monday, July 14, 2008

staff | July 15th, 2008

The American Civil Liberties Union says there are now 1,000,000 names on the federal government’s Terror Watch List. The number has just reached 7 digits.

Technology is stoking fears about privacy on the Internet, says the Los Angeles Times.

The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals is a new book describing how the War On Terror has led to an imperial presidency. The Congress, the judiciary, the bureaucracy, the “interagency process” – all of these constitute impediments that threaten to constrain the president. In a national security crisis, constraint on the president is intolerable. Much the same applies to the media and, by extension, to the American people: The public’s right to know extends no further than whatever the White House wishes to make known. The Washington Post reviews the book. Frank Rich of the New York Times also reports.

Many U.S. companies are quietly changing their bylaws to pry more information out of activist investors who challenge management. The Wall Street Journal reports.

Thirteen/WNET president emeritus Dr. Bill Baker appears on Nightly Business Report Thursday evening at 6:30 on Thirteen/WNET and PBS.

Public radio is cancelling its experimental morning news program aimed at luring younger listeners, says the New York Times.

People in the U.S. are watching more TV than ever. eMarketer reports.

Even as newspaper financial results fall off a cliff, readership is staying stable, the latest edition of the Readership Institute (RI) tracking study finds. Editor & Publisher reports.

Spanish language TV journalists are paid less, says the San Francisco Chronicle.

In Denver, TV news anchors are being paid big money, while reporters are being paid far less, says the Denver Post.

ABC and FX are getting high marks from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), says Associated Press.

How the Fox News Channel came to air the gaffe last week by the Rev. Jesse Jackson commenting about Barack Obama is examined in a column on the Maynard Institute Web site.

“God don’t like mean” is what the Amsterdam News says about the late Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina who passed away on the 4th of July. Before his Senate days, Helms presented editorials on WRAL-TV channel 5 Raleigh. He was known for his anti-black and anti-gay political stands.

Two Northeastern University students appeared in a cellphone photograph dressed like members of the Ku Klux Klan, says the Boston Globe.

HBO’s 7-part miniseries on the invasion of Iraq begins Sunday on HBO, says the San Francisco Chronicle.

PBS is keeping its King Lear nude decision under wraps. Ian McKellen’s acclaimed performance in King Lear is coming to PBS, but a public TV executive was coy Saturday about whether his on-stage nude scene will be exposed on air. Associated Press reports.

PBS is airing a 5-hour documentary on American Masters in September on the Warner Brothers, says thePittsburgh Post Gazette.

PBS will be airing documentarian Ken Burns’ national parks series next year, says Associated Press.

Weeks before the Olympics put Beijing, China and the Games’ corporate backers on the world stage, an advertising heavyweight has stumbled over the divide between how some view China and how the nation views itself. In recent weeks, OmniGroup’s TBWA Worldwide has been working on both sides of China’s global image. On behalf of sportswear maker Adidas, TBWA’s Beijing office has been running a campaign focused on Chinese pride, showing Chinese athletes supported by throngs of fans. At the same time, the agency’s Paris office was working on another ad campaign on behalf of Amnesty International that showed Chinese athletes being tortured by Chinese authorities. The Wall Street Journal reports.

With the Olympics at hand, broadcast access to Tiananmen Square in Beijing still an issue, says Associated Press.

If you don’t have a personal Web site, you will soon, says the Wall Street Journal.

Sports Utility Vehicles and light trucks have become an obstacle for marketers, says the Los Angeles Times.

PBS offers programming from broccoli to brilliance, says the San Francisco Chronicle.

Home video rentals remain strong, despite the economy, says the Hollywood Reporter.

George W. Bush has high praise for Tony Snow, who passed away at the age of 53, report Associated Press and the Washington Post.

Product placement is creeping into amateur online videos on YouTube, reports the Washington Post.

Product placement is acquiring a life of its own on TV shows, says the New York Times.

The National Association of Broadcasters is circulating TV PSAs created by the Radio Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) addressing the issue of freedom of information and sunshine in government. RTNDA has the information.

The Federal Trade Commission is distributing a digital TV transition alert – using information from the FCC, among others – in the form of a press release that was formatted as a news story and bicycled to thousands of newspapers across the country, says Broadcasting & Cable.

NBC television affiliates are preparing to swallow the bitter pill of reverse compensation, in which stations will pay the network for programming, instead of the network paying stations as has always been the case. TV Week reports.

There is an imminent victory for those supporting net neutrality, says the New York Times.

The Buy.com deal with eBay is angering sellers who use eBay. The golden era of the small seller on eBay, hawking gewgaws and knickknacks from the basement or garage, is coming to a noisy and ignominious end. Consumers appear to be tiring of online auctions, and rivals like Amazon.com are attracting more shoppers with fixed-price listings, while eBay has been struggling for growth. To shift toward that model, eBay has struck a deal with the Web retailer Buy.com that allows the company to sell millions of books, DVDs, electronics and other items on eBay without paying the full complement of eBay fees. This report is from the New York Times.

The FCC is slapping Comcast on the wrist, says Media Daily News.

Viacom and Google are in a stalemate over the shielding of identities in YouTube data. The New York Times reports.

Free speech is not a right in China, and this has again been reaffirmed. A voice seeking answers for parents about a school building collapse has been silenced.The site Web site, 64 Tianwang.com had a posting describing the parents’ demands. They wanted compensation, an investigation into the schools? construction and for those responsible for the building’s collapse to be held accountable – if there indeed was negligence. This report is from the New York Times.

On Friday, Apple’s iPhone was the iCan’t for many users. Apple suffered massive network gridlock Friday morning as many of the six million users of the original iPhone tried to upgrade to new software at the same time as the first buyers of the new iPhone 3G were trying to activate their purchases. There are reports from the New York Times, Boston Globe,and Hartford Courant.

Sure the iPhone is cool, but those apps…… The Boston Globe reports.

The iPhone has triggered a touch screen craze, says Associated Press.

Yahoo spurns Microsoft – again. Associated Press and the New York Times report.

It its bid for Yahoo, Microsoft has become more aggressive, says the New York Times.

Yahoo’s rejection of Microsoft’s takeover attempt is finding broad support, says the Los Angeles Times.

The CEO of Google speaks about the attempt by Microsoft to take over Yahoo. The New York Times reports.

The high cost of gasoline and driving an automobile to college is igniting a boom in online classes, says the New York Times.

Technology has made the weight of paper in business heavier, not lighter, says the San Jose Mercury News.

The Guardian of the U.K. has bought the PaidContent group, says the New York Times.

The rapper Nas explains why he changed the title of his new album, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The Redstone feud over the Viacom – CBS media empire has reignited, says the Boston Globe.

The Muppets – who gave birth to the PBS children’s show Sesame Street – will be making their home, at least temporarily, in the underground International Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. as part of the exhibit Jim Henson’s Fantastic World. Visitors to the show, which opened Saturday and continues through October 5, will find the Muppets under special lighting, behind glass and closely guarded. Associated Press reports.

In Pittsburgh, the ‘Mr. Rogers’ open house has been canceled. First PBS announced it will reduce delivery of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes from five to one per week this fall, now WQED has reneged on plans to re-create the Neighborhood of Make-Believe in WQED’s newly re-christened Fred Rogers Studio this summer and invite the public in to celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary, says the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

A radio shock jock – Wendy Williams of WBLS 107.5 New York – who’s ready for network TV. The New York Times reports.

Sports cable TV channel and radio network ESPN is at home in the sleepy small manufacturing city of Bristol, Connecticut, says the New York Times.

The Catholic Channel – channel number 159 on the Sirius satellite radio dial – is profiled by the New York Times.

In the U.S. House there is a dispute over congressmen’s use of the Web to post statements, says the New York Times.

San Francisco is preparing to undertake the nation’s most ambitious trial of a wireless sensor network that will announce which parking spaces are free at any moment. The New York Times reports.

An explosion of Western magazines has hit the newsstands in India in the past 12 months, pitching a familiar mix of consumption and gossip, relationship advice and expensive goodies. Indian versions of Vogue, Rolling Stone, OK!, Hello, Maxim, FHM, Golf Digest, People and Marie Claire have all sprung up this year, and GQ and Fortune are soon to follow. They join familiar names like Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping and Reader’s Digest. The New York Times reports.

Roger Ailes, the chairman of the Fox News Channel, likes his local newspaper so much, he decided to buy it. Mr. Ailes, 68, who counseled Republican presidents before creating the Fox News Channel, purchased The Putnam County News and Recorder last month. The 142-year-old newspaper has a circulation of about 3,000 in Putnam County. The sale was announced Wednesday in the newspaper. But residents of the area should not expect any sort of makeover, ideological or otherwise. The paper will “probably stay the same,” said Elizabeth Ailes, Mr. Ailes’s wife, who will be the publisher. “We bought it not to change it, but perhaps it will evolve over time.” This report is from the New York Times.

The animated adventures of the comic book superhero Invincible will soon be available on iTunes, mobile phones, the television channel MTV2 and more, reports the New York Times.

To reach mothers, Wal-Mart has signed a deal with an NBC unit, reports the New York Times.

Barnes & Noble is expanding into selling out-of-print books, says the New York Times.

Advertising spending in Europe has softened, and more of the ad spending is going to the Internet, says the New York Times.

Back-to-school shopping ads are taking their cue from Hollywood, says the New York Times.

Older users of email favor fast replies, says the New York Times.

A costly film in Mandarin Chinese will need deft handling of its marketing to be a hit worldwide, says the Wall Street Journal.

It’s boiling down to cable vs. telcom, says the Los Angeles Times.

The death of Heath Ledger has created tough marketing choices for the release of his last movie, The Dark Knight, says the Boston Globe.

General Motors and Toyota have weighed in on the proposed Sirius – XM satellite radio merger. Arts Technica reports.

Private and public groups are opposing the proposed merger between Sirius and XM satellite radio, says Media Daily News.

On the proposed merger between Sirius and XM, FCC commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate could be the key swing vote, says the Hollywood Reporter. It is not known how Tate, a Republican, will vote.

The recession is hitting the Spanish language AM stations in the Washington, D.C. area hard, such as AM station WPWC 1480, says the Washington Post.

Charlotte, North Carolina 50,000 watt clear channel AM station WBT 1110, is cancelling its Saturday night oldies show, which could be heard up and down the East Coast during hours of darkness. This is because of the steep $30,000 additional music royalty fees which WBT, an all-talk station, had to pay, and because of a lack of advertisers. The Charlotte Observer reports.

The rock band The Who has been honored in the cable TV VH1 Rock Honors, says Associated Press.

Media Briefing for Friday, July 11, 2008

staff | July 11th, 2008

On Sunday, October 5th, at 10 p.m., TV One will premiere Murder in Black in White, a series of four, one-hour documentary specials filmed in co-operation with the FBI and designed to examine – and help solve – civil rights murders from the 1940s and ’50s, while aging, long-silent witnesses – as well as the perpetrators of these vicious crimes – may still be alive. TV Newsday reports.

The number of female CEOs at the top Silicon Valley tech firms is down to zero, says the San Jose Mercury News.

A gay group, Truth Wins Out, is trying to keep radio broadcaster Dr. James Dobson from being inducted into the Radio Hall Of Fame, because of his anti-gay views. Dr. Dobson has been nominated for the honor. Dr. Dobson’s daily Focus On The Family is heard in New York on AM station WMCA 570 at 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and more than 500 stations across the nation.

There are more adults online, but the children are consuming more content, according to a study. Media Post.com reports.

Sponsorships of entire programs are more emotional than individual spots, says Advertising Age.

Actor David Carradine dropped the “f” word on the morning news show on superstation WGN-TV channel 9 Chicago, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The head of the Federal Communications Commission says he will recommend that the nation’s largest cable company – Comcast – be punished for violating agency principles that guarantee customers open access to the Internet. The potentially precedent-setting move stems from a complaint against Comcast that the company had blocked Internet traffic among users of a certain type of “file sharing” software that allows them to exchange large amounts of data. Associated Press and paidContent report.

Tampa CBS television affiliate WTSP channel 10, owned by Gannett, is advertising for citizen journalists for its news operation, say Media Post and the Saint Petersburg Times.

Nielsen ratings says TV viewing is up overall, but not last week, reports Associated Press.

Two key U.S. congressmen are questioning why the agency charged with distributing coupons for digital television converter boxes is running out of administrative funding and will have difficulty reissuing coupons that have not been redeemed. In a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Democratic congressmen John Dingell of Michigan, the chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Edward Markey of Massachusetts, the chairman of the Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee, said that the NTIA had planned only for the distribution of 33.5 million coupons, when the reissuing of additional coupons could mean administrative costs for the addition of millions of more coupons. “The digital television transition is now less than seven months away and millions of consumers are counting on NTIA to ensure they don’t lose their local television signals,” said Dingell. “Now, we find that NTIA has not adequately planned for reissuing expired coupons.” TV Newsday reports.

The National Association of Broadcasters says viewers are acting to ensure they are ready for the end of analog telecasting and transition to all digital TV broadcasting in February, says TV Newsday.

Fanchon Stinger, a recently suspended anchorwoman for WJBK-TV channel 2 “Fox 2” Detroit, was paid by Synagro Technologies Incorporated in connection with a multimillion-dollar city sludge contract that is under investigation by the FBI, a Synagro spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday. The Detroit Free Press says Fanchon Stinger, a morning news coanchor, is now out of her job at Fox-owned WJBK-TV in the aftermath of her involvement with the Synagro sludge plant scandal. “Fanchon Stinger is no longer employed by Fox’s WJBK-TV in Detroit,” a spokeswoman for the New York-based media conglomerate said. Last September, less than two months before the Synagro deal was approved in a 5-4 vote by the Detroit City Council, Stinger formed the media consulting and public speaking company Stinger Strategies LLC, records show. Synagro paid Stinger Strategies an undisclosed sum to place media advertisements in connection with the city sludge contract, Synagro spokeswoman Darci McConnell of McConnell Communications said Wednesday. This report is from the Detroit News.

The new Newseum, the Washington museum dedicated to news and news media past and present, has selected Front Porch Digital’s DIVArchive solution to manage digital content generated by its broadcast operation. Front Porch’s DIVArchive is a hardware and software solution that knits together a unified system to manage and move media throughout its entire lifecycle, from ingest and production to long-term preservation, says TV Newsday.

As the economy gets worse, and ad revenue weakens, some radio company stocks are taking a beating, says Associated Press.

Rupert Murdoch, owner of News Corp. and the Fox broadcasting operations, sees more economic shocks ahead, and says the economy will not turn around in 2009, according to Reuters.

An investor in Emmis radio is upset about the company’s financial performance, says the Indianapolis Star. Emmis stations include New York City FM stations WQHT 97.1, WRKS 98.7 and WRXP 101.9.

A subscriber to the Raleigh News & Observer is suing the newspaper for cutting its staff, reportsEditor & Publisher.

Consumer groups are saying the FCC should release all the documents in the proposed merger of Sirius and XM satellite radio, reports Radio Ink.

There are now HD radios for less than $100. Radio Ink reports. HD channels on FM stations offer additional music formats. For example, WKTU 103.5 New York and WALK-FM 97.5 Patchogue, Long Island both offer country and western music formats. WYYY 94.5 Syracuse and WKSS 95.7 Connecticut offer a gay format.

China and the foreign TV networks including NBC have reached an agreement that allows for live coverage of the Olympics in Beijing this summer, says Broadcasting & Cable.

The new iPhone went on sale today, with lengthy lines in nations around the world, says San Jose Mercury News.

The release of the new iPhone brought long lines in Japan and other nations, says Associated Press.

The Asian underground has been awaiting the arrival of the new iPhone, says Associated Press.

The Apple Web service faltered on the eve of the introduction of the new iPhone, says Associated Press.

Software problems have bugged Apple on the launch of its new iPhone, says Associated Press.

Suddenly, the new iPhone can do a lot more. More than 500 software programs – video games, music programs and office apps – flood the Internet as the new 3G iPhone hits stores. The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Apple’s latest iPhone is opening up a developer’s playground, says the New York Times.

Apple has imposed a gag rule on iPhone application makers, says the New York Times.

Apple will open an online App Store in bid to boost iPhone sales, says the Los Angeles Times.

Yahoo has opened a search toolkit in a quest for more ads, says Associated Press.

Yahoo is offering more than 400 online ad-supported games to increase revenues, says Reuters.

Yahoo is inviting partners to build on its search power, says the New York Times.

Verizon has agreed to pay $21 million to settle a lawsuit brought in California over steep termination fees, says Associated Press.

General Electric may spin off its industrial and consumer unit. As it seeks to bolster its flagging share price, General Electric may be willing to dispense with the business from which it sprang: the light bulb. The New York Times and Associated Press report. GE owns NBC Universal which would be unaffected.

NBC CEO Jeff Zucker says NBC has no plans to sell GE, reports Associated Press.

In a deepening ad decline, sales have fallen 8% at magazines, says the New York Times.

The Screen Actors Guild has rejected the proposed contract with the studios, says Associated Press.

Some of the automotive advertising budget is likely to head online, says eMarketer.

Sumner Redstone says his daughter won’t succeed him as head of Viacom and CBS, reports Variety.

DVD will include ads on the dangers of smoking, says the Los Angeles Times.

The U.S. House Democrats are set to spend $35 million on TV ads, says Associated Press.

As long as viewers keep watching, the news channels will keep offering “breaking news,” says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The mayor of Fort Lauderdale went live on AM station WFTL 850 to discuss the gay mayoral candidates and what he termed the “radical gay lobby,” says the Miami Herald.

Al Jazeera will televise the U.S. national conventions to the Mideast in color, says the Denver Post.

Media Briefing for Thursday, July 10, 2008

staff | July 10th, 2008

A Nielsen ratings company report says that children 2 to 11 averaged 87 hours of TV viewing in May, with the amount of TV watched increasing as viewers get older. The most TV, nearly 178 hours, was watched by viewers 65 and older. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The U.S. Senate gave final approval yesterday to a major expansion of the federal government’s surveillance powers, handing George W. Bush one more victory in a series of hard-fought clashes with Democrats over national security issues. The measure, approved by a vote of 69 to 28, is the biggest revamping of federal surveillance law in 30 years. It includes a divisive element that Bush had deemed essential: legal immunity for the phone companies that cooperated in the National Security Agency wiretapping program he approved after the September 11 World Trade Center attacks. This report is from the New York Times.

The U.S. Senate is weighing possible rules for advertising and online privacy, says the New York Times.

The U.S. Senate is wary of regulating personal data, says the San Jose Mercury News.

Will Internet epoliticking pay off? eMarketer reports.

Microsoft and Google are pushing for broad Web privacy laws. Users should control how information is used, the companies say. Associated Press reports.

Advertisers are biting back at federal regulators’ proposed rules, says the New York Times.

When Apple opens its online App Store for iPhone software today, Apple CEO Steven Jobs will be making an attempt to dominate the next generation of computing as it moves toward Internet-connected mobile devices. The store, which will offer more than 500 software applications, including games, educational programs, mobile commerce and business productivity tools, may be a far more important development than the iPhone 3G, which goes on sale at the same time. This report is from the New York Times.

Yahoo is inviting partners to build on its search power, says the New York Times.

Having fallen so far behind Google that it became a takeover target, Yahoo is banking on the creativity of other Web developers to help preserve its independence and regain ground in the lucrative Internet search advertising market. Yahoo will try to unleash the pent-up innovation with a new service called “Build Your Own Search,” or BOSS, that will share the Sunnyvale-based company’s technology with third parties. Associated Press reports.

AT&T, Verizon and Qwest, the three biggest U.S. home-phone companies, are working together for the first time to keep customers away from cable providers. Subscribers moving to an area served by a different carrier will be referred to Movearoo.com, a website that offers help in switching service, AT&T marketing executive Frank Mona said. The site doesn’t show digital phone service from cable companies.The partnership is designed to help the phone companies hang on to subscribers at a time when they are most likely to consider switching to Comcast and other cable providers. This report is from Bloomberg News.

The Interpublic Group of Companies, the world’s third-largest advertising agency holding company, is reorganizing its media operations again in another sign of the growing importance of tasks like deciding where marketers place ads, how much they pay and how they apportion ads between the traditional and digital media. The New York Times reports.

FCC chairman Kevin Martin, who takes some stands on some issues that are not those of a George W. Bush clone, is profiled by the Washington Post.

The transition to all-digital TV broadcasting in February, and end of analog telecasting, could be a one-in-a-lifetime boost for cable TV, says the Hollywood Reporter.

Bloomberg is reorganizing its news department and management, say Reuters and the New York Times.

A U.S. House of Representatives committee has approved a bill that would provide $65 million to help Low Power TV stations transition from analog to all-digital telecasting, says Broadcasting & Cable.

Wheeling and Clarksburg, West Virginia have not had local ABC affiliates until now, but the CBS station in Wheeling, WTRF channel 7, will offer ABC on an HD channel, and the NBC affiliate in Clarksburg, WBOY channel 12, will also offer ABC on an HD channel. TV Newsday reports.

The Associated Press and video services operated by CBS and NBC have pulled video allegedly taken of a tornado in Nebraska last weekend after questions were raised about its authenticity. A tornado chaser has claimed that the video was a doctored version of pictures he had taken of a twister that touched down four years ago in Rock, Kansas. Associated Press reports.

There are two different scenarios of Clear Channel Communications presented in two books, says the Wall Street Journal.

The Federal Trade Commission wants electronic measurement of radio, to make sure alcohol ads do not appear at times when they would be reaching underaged audiences, says Media Daily News.

Some other radio talk show hosts are unhappy that Rush Limbaugh is getting $38 million a year for the next 8 years under his new contract, according to Portfolio.

A group of public radio organizations including New York’s NPR affiliates WNYC-AM 820 and WNYC-FM 93.9, Public Radio International, and WGBH-FM 89.7, and others, are opposing the proposed merger between Sirius and XM satellite radio, in a filing with the FCC, says FMQB.

The Broadcasters Foundation Of America has named Jim Thompson its new president, effective August 4th. He will work with the current leader, Gordon Hastings, who will continue involvement with the foundation but will reestablish the management business he operated in the early 1990s, says Radio Facts.com.

New York City’s WNBC Channel 4 is offering a mobile application that allows users to watch live video from any of the more than 400 roadside cameras in the tri-state area. The service is powered by 3rd Dimension at Free Traffic Cams.com. This report is from DCRTV.com.

The TV critic for the Buffalo News has had an HDTV set since February, and describes what it has been like.

Media Briefing for Wednesday, July 9, 2008

staff | July 9th, 2008

Congress is studying how people’s online usage is tracked, report Associated Press, Media Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Members of Vice President Dick Cheney’s staff censored congressional testimony by a top federal official about health threats posed by global warming, a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official says. The Washington Post reports.

A massive Internet security flaw has been uncovered, says the Los Angeles Times.

Employees’ email can be used against them, says Forbes.

The ad spending forecast for this difficult year has been lowered again, say the New York Times and Washington Post.

The Chicago Tribune is cutting 80 positions from its newsroom, says Editor & Publisher.

A French pay TV channel, Canal Plus, that shows pornographic films once a month, and which can be seen in Islamic North Africa, is receiving threats that its headquarters will be blown up unless it stops showing the porn films, says Associated Press.

A new study asserts that the “hyper acceleration” of some of the fastest growing emerging media platforms – including search, social media, online video, gaming, interactive TV, and digital out-of-home – appear to be slowing. Interpublic’s Magna unit has released an outlook that nonetheless calls for a 31% rate of growth for emerging media in 2009. Media Daily News reports.

A study conducted by the Nielsen ratings company and the cable industry association says an overwhelming percentage of viewers prefer watching TV on TV sets, rather than on new media, says Media Post.

Clear Channel Communications – which owns more than one thousand of the strongest FM and AM radio stations across the nation – is revisiting its “less is more” campaign, which means fewer commercials per hour on its stations, says Media Post.

The showing economy has hit online advertising, says AdWeek.

Google has introduced a cartoonlike method for talking in online chat rooms, says Associated Press.

There is a newer, faster, cheaper iPhone 3G, says the Wall Street Journal.

In Japan, iPhone fans are lining up two days in advance of the release of a new iPhone, says Reuters.

John McCain’s campaign has a new TV ad that attacks Barack Obama’s concept of”hope” and equates it with hippies, and then says that while some were enjoying the summer of love, other Americans were in Hanoi prison camps, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Sprint and its new CEO are trying to win back customers after years of poor customer service resulted in millions of cancellations. The NewYork Times reports.

FCC chairman Kevin Martin and the four other FCC commissioners are being featured in public service announcements to be shown on TV about the transition to all digital TV broadcasting in February, says TV Week.

Steve Newberry, president of Commonwealth Broadcasting and the new chairman of the NAB Radio Board, outlines the challenges – and opportunities – for the medium. He urges broadcasters to tell radio’s story and to make themselves known to their congressional representatives. “Your elected members of Congress will have a big say in whether our stations have to be manned 24 hours a day, or whether the record labels get their hands on as much as $7 billion in wealth from the radio business,” he writes. Radio Business Report has the story.

Ad targeting companies and their critics are preparing for scrutiny from the U.S. Senate, says the New York Times.

For the iPhone, the “new” is relevant, says the New York Times.

Google has ventured into virtual reality, says Associated Press.

Privacy concerns have been raised by Google and other companies that track users? activities on the Web, but the tracking has upsides, too. The New York Times reports.

Google wins the reputation sweepstakes, says the New York Times.

Online reviews of products sway customers, says eMarketer.

TV One, the cable network aimed at African-American viewers, will cover Barack Obama’s nominating convention but is ignoring John McCain’s. The network has no plans to cover the Republican convention. “We are not a news organization,” TV One CEO Johnathan Rodgers said. “We are a television network that is designed to celebrate African-American achievement. That is why we are covering this convention. If Hillary (Clinton) was the nominee, we would not be covering this year’s Democratic convention.” Associated Press reports.

NPR’s popular Car Talk– goes to TV tonight: as a cartoon, Click and Clack’s As The Wrench Turns, Wednesday evening at 10 on Thirteen/WNET. The Washington Post, New York Daily News, Boston Globe, and Hartford Courant report.

Internet reporter Walter Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal is now appearing on the Fox Business Network, say Portfolio and the New York Times.

The BBC has named Ted Koppel a contributing analyst, says Variety.

More than a year after they were introduced, federal rules intended to keep cell phone towers operating during natural disasters remain in limbo. A federal appeals court yesterday put off deciding on the wireless industry’s challenge to the regulations until the Federal Communications Commission gets preliminary clearance for the rules, says Associated Press.

The actors union has ratified a contract with the studios, says Associated Press.

The family and admirers of former U.S. Senator Jesse Helms have laid him to rest in North Carolina, says Associated Press. Senator Helms was labeled by critics as being racist and homophobic in his political stands. Before being elected to the Senate, appeared on WRAL-TV channel 5 Raleigh with editorials.

The Washington Post TV columnist Tom Shales reviews Ted Koppel’s documentary series on the new China, which debuts tonight at 10 on the Discovery Channel.

Michael Smerconish, who does the morning show on Philadelphia 50,000 watt clear channel AM station WPHT 1210, is also appearing on MSNBC and the Fox News Channel. He is interviewed on TV Newser.

Former CNN and ABC news anchor Aaron Brown is profiled by the New York Observer.

NBC is planning 2,900 hours of live coverage of the Olympics, says USA Today.

Clear Channel Communications-owned all-talk AM station KFGO 790 Fargo, North Carolina has been hit with a $12,000 FCC fine The fine is for airing a phone conversation without permission. The fine was the result of a complaint in January 2007 from Sandy Blunt, alleging that the station broadcast a telephone call from him without his permission. All Access reports.

New York FM station WBLS 107.5 deejay Wendy Williams has been found to be ready for TV, says the New York Times.

A video has been released showing Osama Bin Laden’s 16-year-old son calling for the destruction of the U.S., Great Britain, France and Denmark, says the London Sun.

The success behind city-owned NYC TV is examined by the New York Daily News.

Media Briefing for Tuesday, July 8, 2008

staff | July 8th, 2008

One subpoena is all it takes to reveal your online life, says the New York Times.

The Washington Post has signaled a shift with a new editor, say the New York Times and Washington Post.

NBC sees the Olympics telecasts as a research mecca, to test multiple media platforms, say Associated Press and Media Daily News.

Over 200 entrepreneurs and executives will gather at Washington, D.C.’s Westin Grand Hotel on M Street NW July 21-22 (Monday/Tuesday) for what is being billed the nation’s leading minority media and telecom financing event: the Minority Media & Telecommunication Council (MMTC) Access To Capital And Telecom Policy Conference. MMTC executive director David Honig explained, “minority entrepreneurs need access to capital, deal flow, and regulatory initiative. To highlight these issues, MMTC will convene entrepreneurs, bankers, private equity firms, brokers, engineers, attorneys and regulators for two days of learning and networking.” Over 50 speakers and presenters will appear at the conference, including U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of Florida; former FCC Chairman William Kennard; FCC commissioners Jonathan Adelstein, Deborah Tate, Michael Copps and Robert McDowell; Joint Center For Political And Economic Studies president Ralph Everett; V-Me Media chairman Mario Baeza; Spanish Broadcasting System chairman Raul Alarcon Jr.; Google Public Policy Director Andrew McLaughlin; and many more. All Access reports. (scroll down)

The previously announced FCC probe into possible “diversity issues” with Arbitron’s Portable People Meter method of gathering data for radio ratings has been put on ice, after it was disclosed that the July 2 conference call that led to the resolution violated the “openness” provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The offenses were that the public – and Arbitron – had no opportunity to participate in the July 2 conference call that led to the resolution. All Access reports. (scroll down)

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights is calling the publicity campaign for the digital TV transition a failure and calling for far more to be done. Decrying the fact that more money is spent on advertising in a U.S. Senate race in Ohio than the $5 million currently being spent to promote the national digital transition – the Federal Communications Commission has asked for up to $32 million more – the group wants Congress to take a far greater hand in publicizing, promoting and coordinating the transition. TV Week reports.

The shooting death of a teenaged American boy as part of The War On Drugs along the Mexican border by the U.S. Marines marks the first time since the shootings at Ohio’s Kent State University in 1970, that a U.S. citizen had been shot and killed by military personnel on U.S. soil. After the shooting, troops were recalled from the border. Frontline tells the story in the film, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez, tonight at 10 on Thirteen/WNET and PBS. The Houston Chronicle reviews the telecast.

When media and technology tycoons have convened starting today in idyllic southern Idaho for five days of dealmaking and outdoor recreation, the mountain air will carry more than a whiff of uncertainty as most arrive with their businesses in various states of disarray. Powerful moguls come to Allen & Company investment bank’s annual retreat in Sun Valley seeking new acquisitions and alliances and – increasingly in recent years – the opportunity to retool their businesses. But this year both media and online leaders are grappling with the Internet’s increasing fragmentation. And they’re all looking for more advertising revenue online, where media companies have recouped only a small fraction of what they lost in print and where Web companies want to maximize their investments. Associated Press reports.

The TV and film businesses are facing dark days, according to an analyst. Associated Press and Reuters report.

U.S. newspapers today are obsessed with creativity and innovation, but they need to focus more on just producing good journalism, according to Richard Aregood, media critic at the Guardian of Manchester, England.

Microsoftis open to a Yahoo deal if the Yahoo board is replaced, say the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.

Microsoft and billionaire investor Carl Ichan are going after Yahoo, says the San Jose Mercury News.

Reid Hoffman is the Silicon Valley’s biggest social networker. His vision of the Web as a means to connect people, not just computers, has shaped his role in some of its most successful ventures, says the Los Angeles Times.

Nearly 80% of adult Internet users in the U.S. have high-speed Internet access. Who still uses dial-up – and who doesn’t go online at all? eMarketer reports.

The CEOs of CBS and NBC Universal are contrasts in media style, says the Wall Street Journal.

The Web won’t wait for TV stations, says TV Newsday.

An $11 million journalism education initiative is detailed in Editor & Publisher.

Ex-Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson is joining ultra-conservative Fox News, says the Hollywood Reporter.

MSNBC has gotten into the cafe business, opening an Internet cafe in Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan, says AdWeek.

The CW network show Gossip Girl is about the clothes, and marketing them to teenaged girls. The New York Times reports.

Ted Koppel tours China, a country brimming with consumerism, says the New York Times. He does so in a four-part Discovery Channel series, The People’s Republic of Capitalism. It premieres 10 p.m. Wednesday, with three other installments at the same time on successive nights, says Associated Press.

Ted Koppel will be hosting an interview program on National Public Radio, says TV Newser.

Advertisers seem markedly less enthusiastic about niche magazines targeting fans of certain activities in the first seven months of 2008, with ad pages tumbling at virtually every major enthusiast title, compared to the first seven months of 2007. Enthusiast titles targeting male readers are suffering the most, says Media Daily News.

It’s back from the war, and into tabloid territory for CBS Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lara Logan, says the Washington Post.

There is much ado about the digital TV switch, says the Hollywood Reporter.

The stations in Erie, Pennsylvania are a stepping stone for broadcast reporters, not a destination, says the Erie Times News.

A group of state attorneys general have made a lst minute appeal to the FCC to block the proposed merger of the Sirius and XM satellite radio companies, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

In South America, the government of Ecuador has seized two private TV stations over alleged debt, says the Associated Press.

In the U.K., nature shows on TV continue to thrive and to multiply, says Associated Press.

Media Briefing for Monday, July 7, 2008

staff | July 7th, 2008

The Weather Channel has been sold to NBC Universal and two private equity firms for $3.5 billion, say the Virginian Pilot, Reuters, Bloomberg News, Associated Press Washington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution and the New York Times. Here is a timeline of the history of the Weather Channel from the Virginian Pilot.

Rather than use words such as racist or homophobic, most of the media used euphemisms describing ex-Republican Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina in their obituaries about him. The Maynard Institute Web site speaks about it.

CBS-owned Philadelphia all-news AM station KYW 1060 has refused to run a Democratic Party ad criticizing George W. Bush and his ties to big oil, says Radio Online.

Are Arbitron ratings using the new Portable People Meter (PPM) method of collecting data putting stations that target blacks and Hispanics at a disadvantage? The FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age has adopted a resolution asking the FCC to investigate Arbitron’s new electronic PPM audience measurement system. The advisory committee wants the FCC to determine whether the system is, or will have, a “detrimental and discriminatory effect upon stations targeting minority audiences.” Radio Online reports.

Rant all you want in a public park. A police officer generally won’t eject you for your remarks alone, however unpopular or provocative. Say it on the Internet, and you’ll find that free speech and other constitutional rights are anything but guaranteed, says Associated Press.

As Web traffic grows, crashes are taking a bigger toll, says the New York Times.

In libraries, video games are finding a place alongside books, says the Chicago Tribune.

Local online video viewing and advertising are growing, says eMarketer.

Once again this summer, live weekend broadcasts of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood are available on the FM dial. The live broadcasts are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 and Sunday afternoons at 2:30, all during July and August. This is on Fine Arts Radio, including WMNR 88.1 Monroe, Connecticut and WGRS 91.5 Guilford, Connecticut, with repeaters on Long Island at 94.5 Sag Harbor and 100.7 Southampton, and in Westchester County at 88.9 in Mount Kisco.

Google may be facing a new round of privacy complaints, says Bloomberg News.

Google makes employee information universally accessible, says the Wall Street Journal.

The Google era is reshaping the dynamics of business, says the New York Times.

Microsoft challenged the rules on competition and antitrust law. Now, it’s Google’s turn. The New York Times reports.

A federal judge has ordered Google to turn over to Viacom its records of which users watched which videos on YouTube, the Web’s largest video site by far. The order raises concerns among YouTube users and privacy advocates that the video viewing habits of tens of millions of people could be exposed. But Google and Viacom said they are hoping to come up with a way to protect the anonymity of the site’s visitors. Viacom also said that the information would be safeguarded by a protective order restricting access to the data to outside lawyers, who will use it solely to press Viacom’s $1 billion copyright suit against Google. The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle report.

As blogs expand the reach of a single voice, including a voice that is complaining, firms monitor the Internet looking for the dissatisfied, says the Boston Globe.

A flurry of intense and angry comments erupted on BoingBoing.net when it was discovered that the Web site had unpublished all references to the blogger Violet Blue. Unpublishing a blog raises larger questions, says the New York Times.

The cellular telephone’s texting feature is often left unused, says the New York Times.

There is a strong consumer desire for practical mobile content on phones. Nearly 90 percent of consumer respondents stated that they would be more likely to choose an airline with mobile check-in facilities over one that did not offer them. And, rather than basic entertainment and ringtones, consumers stated that their most-wanted mobile activities included phone-optimized banking and travel planning, reports Media Post.com.

A global virtual community for teenaged Internet surfers has teamed up with the Matthew Shepard Foundation to educate young online users about dignity and respect, says Pink News.

The iPhone 3G has business appeal, says the San Jose Mercury News.

The Iranian parliament is to debate the death penalty for bloggers, says Read Write Web.

John McCain is facing an old nemesis: the teleprompter, says the New York Times.

Barack Obama’s trip to Europe and the Middle East will receive far more coverage that John McCain’s trip to Latin America has, says the Washington Post.

A former prosecutor, the author of a new book accusing George W.Bush of the ultimate crime, says he cannot get time on television or in mainstream media, reports the New York Times.

Much attention was given last week to an offer you can afford to refuse: a “free” digital TV converter box from an Ohio-based company called Universal TechTronics. But this supposedly free box, which will convert broadcast television signals from digital to analog for those with older TVs, actually costs close to $100. The gimmick: the box is free, as long as you pay $88 for a five-year warranty, plus $9.30 shipping. The New York Times reports.

Portable analog TV sets could be lost in the transition to all-digital broadcasting in February, says the Los Angeles Times.

Some say the demand for DTV converter boxes in the period just before the end of analog telecasting February 17, 2009, could be overwhelming, and some viewers could be left without any TV service for a time, reports the New York Times.

Complaints about indecency to the FCC have dropped precipitously, reports Broadcasting & Cable.

Conservative leader Paul Weyrich is calling on the FCC to issue a statement that it has no intention of restoring the Fairness Doctrine, which ended in 1987, and had required broadcast stations to present both sides of controversial issues. TheWashington Times reports. During the 1990s Weyrich, who invented the term moral majority, operated a conservative talk TV channel during the 1990s, called National Empowerment Television.

Barack Obama has captured the power of social networking for his political campaign, say the Seattle Times and New York Times.

North Carolina Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre will host a town meeting in Whiteville, North Carolina, Tuesday, July 15 to talk about the upcoming digital TV test in nearby Wilmington, North Carolina, reports Broadcasting & Cable.

XETV channel 6 Tijuana is becoming the new CW affiliate for the San Diego market, reports Broadcasting & Cable. For decades XETV was the ABC affiliate for San Diego, and then later the Fox network affiliate.

Triton Media Group is continuing its buying spree with its acquisition of Radio Companion, a company that creates Web applications and online tools for radio stations. The deal further augments Triton’s online radio capabilities, which the company has expanded substantially in the last year through a series of purchases. According to Radio One, it has helped developed over 1,000 Web sites for local radio stations, which currently generate over $25 million a year in revenue. Its areas of expertise include technical aspects, such as engineering, hardware and software, as well as strategic concerns, like tracking Web traffic, promotions and controlling expenses. Media Daily News reports.

NPR’s popular Car Talk– has gone on TV: as a cartoon, Click and Clack’s As The Wrench Turns, Wednesday evening at 10 on Thirteen/WNET. The Washington Post reports.

Tonight at 10 on PBS and Thirteen/WNET, a series on World War II looks at the war from a different perspective. Harvard historian Niall Ferguson re-examines the war. There will be another part next Monday at 10 as well. The show is reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Miami Herald, Bloomberg News, United Feature Syndicate, Tallahassee Democrat, Oregonian, Palm Beach Post, Globe and Mail of Toronto, Newsday, and Associated Press.

There are new efforts to make long commercial breaks sizzle, says the New York Times.

NBC’s Today show has topped the ratings for 655 weeks in a row, or more than 12 years, says the New York Times.

When Fox News is the story: the New York Times reports.

The FCC may act soon on the proposed merger between Sirius and XM satellite radio, reports Associated Press.

Former ABC News correspondent Murphy Martin and former BBC reporter Charles Wheeler have died, says the Washington Post. Above The Fold also reports on Murphy Martin. The London Telegraph also reports on Sir Charles Wheeler.

ABC and its affiliates have ended their cable TV news talks, says TV Week.

Advertisers don’t fear the TiVo – at least so far, says Market Watch.

In the U.K., the Advertising Standards Agency will not investigate Heinz’s decision to withdraw a TV ad after complaints about two men kissing in the ad, says Pink News.

Ted Koppel shows the changes in China since the days of Mao. He does so in a four-part Discovery Channel series, The People’s Republic of Capitalism. It premieres 10 p.m. Wednesday, with three other installments at the same time on successive nights, says Associated Press.

Drivers can get their choices of tantalizing GPS voices, says the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.

Wolf Blitzer has been anchoring Sunday’s Late Edition on CNN for ten years, says the Orlando Sentinel.

Media Briefing for Thursday, July 3, 2008

staff | July 3rd, 2008

A judge has rejected the George W. Bush position on wiretapping, says the New York Times.

Rush Limbaugh will receive $400 million through the year 2016 under his new contract with Clear Channel, report the New York Times, Washington Post, Radio and Records, Reuters, and Associated Press.

UNITY: Journalists of Color and CNN will broadcast live in prime time a historic discussion with the presumptive presidential nominees at the UNITY ?08 Convention in Chicago, Illinois on July 24, 8-10 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 24, and is expected to reach more than 2 million viewers around the country and worldwide. The fourth quadrennial convention, which is themed “A New Journalism for a Changing World,” is expected to draw thousands of journalists during the five-day event and Career Expo to be held July 23-27 at McCormick Place West in Chicago.The cosponsors of the event are the Native American Journalists Association, National Association Of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the Asian American Journalists Association. The two other major minority journalist associations have these plans: The South Asian Journalists Association> is holding its convention July 10 and 11, 2009 in New York City. The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association is holding its convention next month, August 21 through 24, at the Washington, D.C. Hilton.

Worldwide ad spending online still represents a small piece of the pie, but there will be a great deal of growth in the future, says eMarketer.

Radio industry professionals Julie Lane and Nancy Vaeth-DuBroff, who are also members of the Mentoring and Inspiring Women (MIW) in Radio Group, will speak at the Radio Advertising Bureau’s (RAB) women’s management training program, “Rising Through the Ranks.” The program – in September – is to support women in obtaining positions in radio sales management. Radio Online reports.

A new unit is focusing on how to market to women, says the New York Times.

The TV networks are trying new methods of attaining effectiveness for their ads, says the Hollywood Reporter.

Republican FCC chairman Kevin Martin is trying to extend his indecency campaign on broadcasting stations and networks, to cable TV, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The FCC’s enforcement of content rules is harmful to consumers, who are blocked from viewing certain programs, and creators, who risk high fines if the agency decides their content is indecent, according to a legal filing by the Center for Creative Voices in Media, joined by the Future of Music Coalition. The groups filed the brief with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to back a challenge by ABC stations to a fine imposed by the FCC over an NYPD Blue episode. Broadcasting & Cable reports.

If it bleeds, it shouldn’t lead on the local newscast, says Miller McCune Magazine.

The public knows about but is confused about DTV, the transition to all-digital TV broadcasting and end of analog telecasting coming February 17, says Broadcast Engineering.

The Los Angeles Times newsroom is shrinking by 150 jobs, or 17% of th news staff, say Associated Press, Media Daily News, Editor & Publisher, and the New York Times.

The Weather Channel sale could come in 2 days, says Reuters.

The Republicans are launching their biggest TV ad push of this presidential campaign, in an attempt to create momentum for John McCain, says TV Week.

The Tampa Tribunewill cut one-fifth of its newsroom, says Associated Press.

Dial-up Internet users don’t want all that broadband, says Associated Press.

A New Jersey man is accused of stealing $10 million from Cisco, says Associated Press.

Those cellular telephone termination fees seem to be on the way out, says the New York Times.

An AT&T representative answers questions about the iPhone calling plans – and promises no long waits at the AT&T stores. The New York Times reports.

John Harrobin of Verizon Wireless sees music distribution via cellphone becoming more important as artists leave the big record labels, says the New York Times.

The U.S. Justice Department is looking closer at the Google – Yahoo partnership, says the New York Times.

Analysts at Citigroup say they see another potential partner for Yahoo that might be a bit more palatable to Yahoo’s apparently merger-phobic board and still deliver real value: America On Line (AOL), reports the New York Times.

There are now digital pens that write on any paper, and don’t need special paper, says the New York Times.

WCRB-FM 99.5 Boston/Lowell will be broadcasting live a synchronized concert with the Boston fireworks, says the Boston Globe.

Segment-driven target marketing is being facilitated by online advertising, says Media Post.com.

Dish satellite TV is offering HDTV in 61 markets, or 68% of the country, says Media Daily News.

A survey shows that TV ties boost online content, according to Adweek.

Episodes of the former NBC children’s show Howdy Doody are being made available on DVD, says the Hollywood Reporter.

This is the 50th anniversary of legendary top 40 AM radio station WKBW 1520 Buffalo dropping its NBC affiliation and becoming a top 40 station. It was on the 4th of July in 1958, says Forgotten Buffalo.com. There is an event today from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 1430 Main Street in Buffalo, the location of WKBW’s studios, says Forgotten Buffalo.com. The nighttime signal of the 50,000-watt clear channel station WKBW (now WWKB) was and is strong up and down the East Coast, and for a time was # 1 among teenaged listeners on the Maryland shore at night.

KIAH channel 39 Houston has a new news wheel for its 9 p.m. newscast, says the Houston Chronicle.

Media Briefing for Wednesday, July 2, 2008

staff | July 2nd, 2008

Is the federal government tracking us through our cellphones? A lawsuit is seeking answers, reports the New York Times.

Barack Obama’s decision to support legislation granting legal immunity to telecommunications companies that cooperated with the George W. Bush administration’s program of wiretapping without warrants has led to an intense backlash among some of his most ardent supporters. The New York Times reports.

An anti-trust probe has been opened over the proposed Yahoo – Google advertising deal, reports the Washington Post.

The town of Burlington, Connecticut is trying to prevent the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford from using its WJMJ 88.9 9,000-watt FM radio tower on Johnnycake Mountain because of its recent decision to pull ecumenical programming from the airwaves. The town believes the transformation of WJMJ-FM from an ecumenical station to an all-conservative Catholic station violates a 1987 agreement between the town and the archdiocese over the use of the tower, Burlington First Selectwoman Kathleen Zabel says. “It’s a black and white matter,” Zabel says “[The archdiocese] is in violation of the stipulated agreement.” The planning and zoning commission requested that a cease-and-desist order be issued to the archdiocese, reports the Hartford Courant.

The “late period” Rush Limbaugh is profiled by the New York Times Magazine.

Consumer satisfaction with cable and satellite TV is falling, according to a new poll. USA Today reports.

HD radio is offering extra radio channels of music, says the Chicago Tribune. Clear Channel FM stations are among those offering separate formats on HD channels. In Albany, WRVE 99.5 offers smooth jazz. In New York City, WKTU 103.5’s HD channel offers country and western music. In Patchogue, Long Island, WALK-FM 97.5’s HD channel offers country and western music. In Syracuse and in Connecticut, WYYY 94.5 Syracuse and WKSS 95.7 Hartford are offering a gay channel, Pride Radio.

The U.S. Copyright Office is recommending that local TV stations not be streamed on the Internet. MultiChannel News reports.

Watching television online isn’t going to change watching TV in the living room anytime soon, according to a new study. The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

TV ad spending will reach a record level in this presidential campaign, says Reuters.

The news networks are seeing growth in viewership, says Variety.

MSNBC is playing in the big leagues now, says Associated Press.

The Baltimore Sun is eliminating its standalone business section later this month, says the Baltimore Business Journal.

Tribune Co.’s CW affiliate KTLA channel 5 Los Angeles has handed out pink slips to a half dozen news employees, says Variety.

Ten news employees at Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA-TV channel 8 will lose their jobs, says the Saint Petersburg Times.

Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO channel 19 is making staff cuts, says the Ohio Media Blog.

Julia Child’s house in Cambridge, Massachusetts is for sale for $4.35 million, says the Boston Globe.

New York magazine’s founding editor Clay Elker has passed away, say the New York Times and Associated Press.

More and more businesses want an online networking site for themselves or their customers. The key to success lies in understanding what’s appropriate, says Business Week.

In Boston, the T has disciplined dozens of workers for using cellular telephones while on the job, reports Associated Press.

Going to summer camp doesn’t cut the cord with parents as much as it once did. “Children-sick” parents are keeping the pressure on for digital access, says the Boston Globe.

The founder of the job site Monster.com is looking at creating a site for obituaries, says Associated Press.

Adobe is aiding in search. Adobe’s new software will make Flash-created content more easily seen by search engines like Google and Yahoo, says Business Week.

Microsoft will sell its Office programs and OneCare for $70 a year, Associated Press.

Microsoft has purchased the linguistic Web search firm Powerset, says Reuters.

Intel is betting on the past, says the New York Times.

You can buy the iPhone 3G without a contract, but it will cost you $600, says the New York Times.

In California, hackers broke into Citibank ATM machines at 7-11 stores, says Associated Press.

Teenaged surfers are still buying online but are spending less. eMarketer reports.

A social networking site, Reunion, which assists in finding people from one’s past, has divulged a child’s personal data, says the Los Angeles Times.

Traditional sources dominate the video marketplace, but online, mobile is growing fast, says Online Media Daily.

Some 96% of money raised for a Republican political candidate challenging incumbent U.S. congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts, went to other Republican and conservative causes, not to the candidate, says the Boston Globe.

The Web has become a major factor in many ways in political campaigns, says Media Post.com.

The Vietnam War continues to be an issue in presidential campaigns, even though it ended 33 years ago, says the Washington Post.

The TV networks are lying low on the actors’ contract, says the New York Times.

Some newspeople for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the U.S. controlled radio service, are reporting among gangsters, in some nations, reports the Washington Post.

Egyptian security are restricting journalists covering an African Union summit after a British TV news crew got into a verbal confrontation with Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe. The British network ITN asked Mugabe on Monday how he could regard himself as president, with the Zimbabwean leader responding that it was on the same basis as Gordon Brown’s being British prime minister. Mugabe said the reporter asked “stupid questions.” TV footage showed Mugabe’s guards pushing the reporter away, reports Associated Press.

Britain’s competition watchdog will investigate whether a proposed video-on-demand joint venture of the British Broadcasting Corp. and two commercial TV stations will unfairly limit competition. The Office of Fair Trading said Monday it has decided to refer the venture, which includes ITV and Channel 4, to the Competition Commission for a full investigation of cost and access issues. The venture is dubbed Kangaroo, says Associated Press.

CBS’s purchase of C/NET puts CBS among the top 10 Web properties, says the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Fox network’s animated Family Guy is funny but offers an oh-so-wrong view of life, say Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times.

Newspapers are getting animated cartoons for their Web sites, reports Editor & Publisher.

Sharing Miracles – a 30-minute public affairs television program that tells the compelling and inspirational stories of real patients – will feature four-time Olympic Gold Medal-winner Greg Louganis – who has been HIV positive for 20 years – says the Examiner. In New York the telecast will be Sunday morning at 9 on WWOR-TV channel 9.

Bennett Zier has been tapped as the new CEO of the liberal talk radio network Air America. The former CEO of Red Zebra Broadcasting and top local executive with Clear Channel Radio/Washington and Baltimore will be working in New York to head up Air America’s on-air, online and video projects. He?ll continue to live in the Washington area and remain a director with Umansky, Wyatt, Zier, the management and marketing consulting group. Zier said, “Where Air America saw engaged voters, I see engaged audiences. To reach those audiences of listeners, readers and viewers, plans are in place to create more interactive Web content and video that will air on both broadcast television and the Internet.” <a href=http://www.allaccess.com All Access reports. (scroll down) In New York the Air America affiliate is WWRL 1600.


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