Media Briefing for Friday, July 17, 2009

staff | July 20th, 2009

What will the new WQXR sound like when it moves to 105.9 and is operated non-commercially by WNYC, starting later this year? Pledge drives instead of commercials. A greater focus on New York instead of a more generic classical-music sound. Longer works and fewer brownie-sized pieces. The possible loss of well-known honeyed voices. (New York Times)

U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller says that he remains concerned about TV content and kids. That was at the nomination hearing for the two remaining FCC commission openings. He didn’t take long to demonstrate that concern. Late in the day, the committee announced it has scheduled a hearing for July 22 entitled “Rethinking the Children’s Television Act For a Digital Media Age”. (Broadcasting & Cable)

A Pew survey shows more people depend on TV, radio and newspapers for economic news than the Web. (Bloomberg News)

Harry and Louise from the anti-health care campaign of the 1990s are back on TV again. Only this time their ads support health care overhaul. (Associated Press)

Bankers will take control of the Young TV group – including Albany ABC affiliate WTEN channel 10 – for $220 million. (Media Daily News)

Because of declines in newspaper advertising, Gannett experienced a sharp 32% drop in revenue in Quarter 2 compared to 1 year ago, and its broadcast division is down 21 from 1 year ago. (Media Daily News)

To provide income for itself, Las Vegas PBS station KLVX channel 10 is planning to create an online archive of historical film. Under the plan, Vegas PBS would charge fees to customers who want to use the footage for commercial purposes, such as making a documentary. But Tom Axtell, the general manager for the TV station, says educators would still be able to download historical film for free. The station is applying for up to $100,000 in a federal American Archives grant to cover the cost of converting film and videotape to digital. (Las Vegas Review Journal) (Associated Press)

The Guardian Civic League – a group of black police officers – has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Philadelphia Police Department over an Internet discussion forum, Domelights, on which police officers have allegedly posted hundreds of racist comments. (Associated Press)

A plan to overhaul the Los Angeles police department computer system is raising concerns about privacy. (Associated Press) (Los Angeles Times)

Maybe not in search, but Yahoo leads in other ways. (San Francisco Chronicle)

After the introduction of search engine service Bing, Microsoft is still # 3, behind Google and Yahoo. (Associated Press)

The Web site We Choose The Moon recreates the historic 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon in real time (Associated Press)

Automatic updates are available for Twitter users always on the run. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Google has issued a call to make the Web faster. (Computerworld)

Google’s results show slowing growth as online advertisers cut back. (San Jose Mercury News)

Google’s profit surges in Quarter 2. (New York Times)

Twitter and TechCrunch joust over stolen documents. (New York Times)

Twitter is confirming it was hacked, with confidential documents stolen. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Web’s anonymity makes tracing cyberattackers hard. (New York Times)

They don’t make Netbooks like they used to – and it’s a good thing: it’s improved. (Boston Globe)

Apple updates iTunes will shut out Palm Pre. (New York Times)

A Hollywood blogger is feared by executives. (New York Times)

A South Texas newspaper is now charging for access to its news coverage. (Associated Press)

A CNN ad is raqising eyebrows by claiming it is # 1 – ahead opf MSNBC and Fox. (Los Angeles Times)

Teddy Kennedy’s life story, In his Own Words, is airing multiple times on HBO. (Washington Post)

The editor of the Financial Times thinks most newspapers will be charging for their news stories online next year. (paidContent)

Cox is selling 3 newspapers and wants to sell the Travel Channel on cable TV. <a href=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/16/AR2009071600069.html) (paidContent)

U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller said again Wednesday (July 15) that he believes the FCC is broken and wants its two newest members to help fix it, adding “the committee will be watching.” According to text of his opening remarks at the confirmation hearings for FCC nominees Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Attwell Baker, Senator Rockefeller slammed the FCC under the former administration as “beholden” to the media industry it regulates, ideology-driven and insufficiently focused on consumers. (Broadcasting & Cable)

Venezuela is denying restricting the import of paper to print the nation’s newspapers. (Associated Press)

A carving ot the late NBC Meet The Press host Tim Russert is moving “home” in Buffalo. (Buffalo News)

Boston’s only black newspaper, The Banner, is threatened with closure and the mayor of Boston is now offering a loan to keep it afloat. (Boston Globe)