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Media Briefing for Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday, July 24th, 2009
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The new chairman of the FCC, Julius Genachowski, is looking at possibly revamping the FCC rules governing children’s television. (Variety) (Wall Street Journal) (Broadcasting & Cable) (Reuters)

The Tribune Co. seeks court permission to pay big bonuses to the bankrupt company’s executives. (Chicago Tribune)

Following up on its spring promise of an industry initiative to protect news content online, the Associated Press board today approved an ambitious plan to tag and track every piece of text content for the co-op and its members?and eventually photos and video. The news registry will start by tracking AP content and is expected to add AP member content in early 2010. AP will fund it through 2010; it’s then expected to be self sustaining. One feature of the registry, which is being designed to work on payment models ranging from free to pay walls, is a ?beacon? that will let the AP know how the content is being used. (paidContent) (New York Times)

The New York Times is considering imposing a charge for access to its news stories. (Reuters)

More than 1,000 publishers including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Dallas Morning News have signed on to participate in the Fair Syndication Consortium, a model built to help publishers receive compensation for their content. Additionally, AdBrite, an online marketplace to buy and sell advertising, has agreed to work with the consortium to help partners monetize content. (Editor & Publisher)

The board of directors of Associated Press has approved rate cuts for broadcast TV stations. (Associated Press)

The Discovery Channel is airing a marathon showing of the Cronkite
Remembers
series Sunday. (Associated Press)

Journalists, friends and family mourn Walter Cronmkite at Park Avenue, Manhattan funeral.
(New York Daily News)
(TV Newser) (Washington Post) (Associated Press)

National Public Radio is revamping and recasting its Web page so that in some cases, the consumer can read and listen at the same time. (NPR)

Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneris and Ryan Seacrest are among broadcasting’s top paid personalities. (Forbes)

The weekend-long radio tribute to Michael Jackson on New York City FM station WKTU 103.5 set an Arbitron ratings record for the station. (New York Daily News)

The total ad market declined as much as 15% during the first half of 2009. (Media Daily News)

Microsoft’s annual sales drop for the first time ever. (Seattle Times)

Microsoft cannot evade the sharp grip of the current economic downturn. (New York Times)

Amazon.com reports lower than expected sales. (New York Times)

The founder of Friendster talks about the rise and fall of America’s first major social networking site. (Los Angeles Times)

Three advocacy groups have asked Google to commit to protect the privacy of readers in its book search service, which is poised for a major expansion under a pending class-action settlement. The groups, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, have asked Google to limit the data it collects about users? reading habits, to commit to protect reader records by handing them over only in response to subpoenas or court orders, and to put into effect measures giving users control of their data. (New York Times)

Google Books is causing concern among librarians and authors. (Boston Globe)

If research that warned about the dangers of cellphone use while driving had been released six years ago, it could have saved lives. <a
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The U.S. government withheld data about the dangers of distracted driving, using the use of cellular telephones. (New York Times)

CBS is teaming up with Channel One to produce a newscast aimed at the teenaged audience. (Associated Press)

Boston’s legendary FM rock station WBCN 104.1 is throwing itself a going-away party August 8. (DCRTV)

In Boston, WGBH FM 89.7 and TV channel 2 says cuts and layoffs are needed. (Boston Globe)