TV advertising has been blamed at least partially for the epidemic of obesity in children. Now a group of major companies is rewriting the rules covering advertising aimed at children. AP reports the companies include McDonalds, Coca Cola and Campbell’s Soup. The Washington Post reports ads will get tight scrutinty and promote healthier diets. But critics assail the moves as too limited, the New York Times reports.
Blogging now begins young. USA Today reports online writing encourages students to organize and share their thoughts.
Consolidation of broadcast media continues to be a major issue and the FCC has scheduled the second in a series of public hearings to gain input. TV Newsday reports the hearing will be December 11 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Media consolidation and ownership will be the topic of a public meeting featuring U.S. Congressman Maurice Hinchey in Dutchess County, N.Y. next week. Northeast Citizens for Responsible Media is holding the hearing Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at the Wallace Center in the FDR Center in Hyde Park, N.Y.
An FCC commissioner wants to investigate the practice of some TV stations using corporate reports in their newscasts, presenting them as news, without identifying the sources. A study shows 46 stations in 22 states have used these ?reports,” the San Francisco Chronicle says. The Boston Herald reports a local station is cited in the study. Media Daily News reports fines of $35,000 to $350,000 could be imposed on stations.
Silence is not golden for a broadcaster. Al Jazeera’s English service has begun. And And AP reports a ‘silent start? for Al Jazeera, without a single cable or satellite system carrying it in the U.S. Al Jazeera reporter and former WCBS-TV and ABC television network reporter Dave Marash says being “fenced out? of the U.S. is a drag. The Washington Post reports on ?why? Dave Marash decided to become the face of Al Jazeera English. USA Today reports Al Jazeera expects scrutiny. USA Today also reports Al Jazeera aims for ?no accent.Gooood Morning, America! USA Today editorializes that Al Jazeera should be welcomed. It is already detested in some circles,the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The CEO of Yahoo says potential advertising revenue from the Internet is being underestimated. Reuters reports. Media Daily News reports online ad spending has surged 33% Meanwhile DC Style magazine ceases its print magazine in December and is going online only.
Seattle is getting free internet access. It is available without wires. The Seattle Times reports it eliminates the need to install anything. Satellite dishes are bringing internet service to rural areas, beyond the reach of wires. The New York Times reports.
Clear Channel reportedly has received bids in its quest for investors. AP reports there are at least two bids. Radio and Records also reports. The New York Daily News reports nighttime announcers have been eliminated at the Clear Channel stations in New York. Radio and Records surveys Clear Channel cuts in many markets nationwide.
Katie Couric says the most difficult aspect of her job is finding the delicate balance between young and old viewers. After 2 months on the job, she tells the Los Angeles Times about concern about turning off older viewers.
The Washington Post newsroom will be shrinking. Editor and Publisher reports on the details and the repercussions. Mediabistro’s Fishbowl DC quotes the lengthy memo given by management to Post newsroom staffers.
The conservative for-profit website WorldNetDaily reports $2 million was paid for the release of the 2 Fox journalists held by Palestinian terror groups this year. The money was used for more attacks against Israel, WND says.
A just-released study says the media are portraying minorities negatively. AP reports the study shows minorities are portrayed as criminals, and whites as victims and law enforcers.
Kenneth Tomlinson has been renominated to head the government’s overseas broadcasting operations. AP reports on Tomlinson, whose career included a stormy tenure at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
The rule of journalism in the U.S. is that a journalist cannot libel a public official unless the journalist exhibits reckless disregard for the truth, or displays malice. Now a jury has found a columnist acted with malice. The New York Times reports the verdict in Illinois has broad implications for press freedoms.
The television industry is planning tougher standards for TV ads aimed at children. Broadcasting & Cable reports this is in response to the epidemic of obesity in children.
In the Middle East, young Arabs are sidestepping repressive regimes with blogs and the internet. The Washington Post reports this is the new source of free expression in the region.
This week’s Nova on PBS provides an exploration of the issue of genetics.The Boston Globe reports Nova found a family walking on all fours to tell the story.
Frontline’s look at the sting operation in Spokane, Washington is reviewed by the New York Times.The Times says the PBS telecast affirms that the scars are permanent.
Can iPod be challenged? Microsoft this week unveiled its new Zune as a direct challenge to Apple’s iPod. There is wide news coverage. The New York Times says Zune offers a new twist.The Wall Street Journal. The Associated Press. <a href=http://www.boston.com/ae/games/articles/2006/11/14/microsoft_sees_video_sharing_in_zunes_future/<bloomberg News. And Microsoft’s hometown Seattle Times says Microsoft’s new product has ?many miles to go.
Cable TV is now in the cellphone busness. USA Today reports.
Podcasts converted to search can help significantly. AP examines podcast searching.
Podcasters and bloggers traveled to Pittsburgh for a major meeting. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette was there.
NBC puts Meet The Press and NBC Nightly News on iTunes. The Hollywood Reporter has details.
Dan Rather is rarin? to go on his new broadcast. The Philadelphia Inquirer has the story. Dan Rather questions the power of the major networks, as he begins his broadcast on HD Net, not yet widely available in the U.S. The Saint Petersburg Times says he?d rather burn out than rust out.
With consolidation, NBC Telemundo’s local newscasts in San Jose, Phoenix and Las Vegas will actually originate in Fort Worth, Texas. The Los Angeles Times reports.
Meanwhile 40 staffers are to be cut from NBC News, according to a report. The Los Angeles Times has this story.
Ad executives see TV advertising budgets moving to the online world. Media Life reports.
Interactive advertising, tested in upstate New York and Hawaii, is coming to New York City. Media Life has the story.
The Tribune Company apparently has 6 bidders. Bloomberg News reports. Meanwhile the Los Angeles Times? Chandler family is split over what to do about Tribune.
?Gotcha? journalism is pervasive at this time in history. PBS’s Frontline Tuesday night looks at the coverage of former Spokane, Washington Mayor Jim West was outed as gay and found to be using his city hall computer to contact young men, including teenagers. The local newspapers even had someone pose and contact the mayor, who was disgraced, and subsequently died. The gay community was unsympathetic to the mayor because he was closeted and virulently anti-gay in his political stands, apparently as a ruse. The Boston Globe reviews this Frontline telecast.
Recently a Texas assistant district attorney committed suicide as an episode of NBC Dateline’s “To Catch A Predator? was being videotaped. The New York Times reported on the suicide.
A Pittsburgh pastor committed suicide after a Pittsburgh TV station televised a news promo showing him entering an adult book store. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette provided details.
A Texas weekly newspaper outed a gay bed-and-breakfast owner for ?living the gay lifestyle? with an adult partner, and he took his own life. ConsumerAffairs.com says the victim was outed for no other reason than he was gay.
CNN’s Larry King Live interviewed Bill Maher, in which Maher named names about the sexual orientation of certain Republicans, but then deleted that portion in rebroadcasts of the show. The New York Times reports
Too little classical music on the radio, specifically NPR? Yes, says a new study. The Washington Post examines the study.
Former Beatle Paul McCarthy’s choral composition will be broadcast on NPR Tuesday night.
The NPR website provides details of the works being performed.
Antiques and auctions are associated with PBS stations — on air — but the Springfield, Massachusetts PBS station is holding a tag sale at its building — off the air for local residents – offering videotapes and other equipment. The media blog www.radio-info.com has a posting about it.
Time keeps slipping into the future? Ratings service Nielsen is redefining ?live viewing? to mean anything watched with 25 seconds of when it is televised. Media Daily News reports.
Car makers are targeting the children in their marketing, to get them brand loyal early. The Wall Street Journal reports car makers hope the children will influence parents.
Teenagers need less multitasking and more down time, says a Philadelphia therapist featured weekly on NPR’s WHYY-FM 90.9. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the doctor says teens drastically need more time.
A high school student sounds off in the newspaper saying the FCC has created indecency policy that is impossible for broadcasters to follow. The teen says the FCC is trying to be a lapdog.
Kermit the frog is caught saying things he wouldn’t say on TV. But the New York Times caught him and the famous Henson puppets.
Al Jazeera, reviled by George W. Bush and by mideast dictators alike, is going global. The New York Times reports.
CNN’s Lou Dobbs has a new book that echoes his nightly CNN newscast at 6 p.m., his blistering attacks on the War On The Middle Class. Mr. Dobbs, a Republican, excoriates both the Republicans and Democrats.
NBC Dateline lays off 17, as part of the wide ranging layoffs now going on at NBC. Variety reports the 17 being cut does not include buyouts.
Billionaires are now vying to buy the Tribune Company. The Associated Press says they include some famous names.
Newspaper giant Gannett is among those interested in Tribune. The Chicago Tribune reports on its own company.
Tribune’s big city TV stations WPIX channel 11 New York, KTLA channel 5 Los Angeles and WGN-TV channel 9 are for sale.
Tribune’s Los Angeles Times is following this part of the story.
Radio’s largest company, Clear Channel, is also seeking buyers. Media Daily News reports on Clear Channel, owner of 1,200 of the most powerful FM and AM stations in the country, plus TV stations as well.
The black community is concerned that black sitcoms are being given low priority.The Detroit News says that with the merger of UPN and WB into one network, CW, all black sitcoms have been relegated to one night: Monday.