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Media Briefing for Friday, October 2, 2009

staff | October 5th, 2009

Access to news is wildly unequal in the United States, according to a study. (Washington Post)

GE is talking to Comcast about a possible sale of NBC Universal. (Reuters) (New York Times)

Dan Rather speaks out on Fox News. (Miami Herald)

Options are being explored for Seattle’s classical music FM staiton, KING 98.1. (Crosscut)

The syndicated TV magazine shows that focus on Hollywood are avoiding the Roman Polanski controversy. (Los Angeles Times)

Ken Burns of PBS, Katie Couric of CBS and Chris Rohrs are among those honored as Giants of Broadcasting by the American Library Of Broadcasting at Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt. (Broadcasting & Cable)

A virtual war of words has broken out between comedian Conan O’Brien and Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, turning a short joke about Newark on late-night television into a social media phenomenon on YouTube. The spat began last week, when the Tonight Show host said a new city health program “would consist of a bus ticket out of Newark.” Armed with a camera and a few jokes, Booker responded in a one-minute YouTube video, pretending to ban the comedian from Newark’s airport. (Newark Star Ledger) (New York Daily News)

Microsoft’s free antivirus program changes the game. (Boston Globe)

Google brings new options to its search functions. (New York Times) (IDG News Service)

Geeks try the Google Wave and have mixed feelings. (New York Times)

Looks Like Lotus, a division of IBM, has launched an email service. (New York Times)

IBM undercuts Google with a discount email service. (Associated Press)

Google refines its search to counter Microsoft. (Associated Press)

David Letterman has revealed an extortion attempt in which $2 million was demanded. (New York Daily News) (Associated Press) (Los Angeles Times)

A Gay and Lesbian Alliancde Against Defamation (GLAAD) study finds more gays on TV shows this season. (Associated Press)

Curling up with hybrid books, videos included. (New York Times)

Some good news: the rate of the decline in global ad spending has declined. (New York Times)

Federal government employees are no longer allowed to text message while driving. (New York Times)

Increasingly, states are pushing for e-waste recycling. (Associated Press)

A Microsoft video gets a little too much attention. (Associated Press)

No texting at dinner: parenting in the digital era. (Associated Press)

Cisco offers $3 billion for a Norwegian videoconferencing company. (San Jose Mercury News)

An ambitious Web startup smacks of teen spirit. (Computer World)

Web gurus reveal how to attract and keep users. (IDG News Service)

Web surfers say no to tailored ads. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Facebook tries to simplify Connect implementations. (IDG News Service)

GM and eBay have ended an online sales experiment. (San Francisco Chronicle)

U.S. Homeland Security will be hiring up to 1,000 cyber-experts. (Associated Press)

AT&T has bought the VeriSign security consulting business. (Associated Press)

Google’s local mobile search evolves. (PC World)

Live blogging: the University of California Berkeley Media Technology Summit. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The UC Berkeley Media Technology Summit takes a hard look at the future of journalism. (San Francisco Chronicle)

An Indian local and media search site, Zook.in is using search engines from Yahoo and Microsoft at the back end of its site to keep costs low. (IDG News Service)

The Fox News Channel uses sex and blondes to help with ratings. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Washington Post will pair with Bloomberg News. (Washington Post)

A Russian journalist says he has been threatened with violence and forced into hiding after posting a Web article critical of Soviet army veterans. (Associated Press)

In Honduras, the censored Radio Globo has quadrupled its audience by going online. (Christian Science Monitor)

Media Briefing for Thursday, October 1, 2009

staff | October 5th, 2009

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are seeking ways to end bullying on the Internet without violating free speech. (Associated Press)

Facebook is cooperating with the U.S> Secret Service regarding a poll that was posted regarding the killing of Barack Obama. (San Jose Mercury News)

Charlie Rose marks 18 years on PBS. (Fortune)

After it moves from 96.3 to 105.9 on the FM dial next Thursday, there will be more music on New York city’s WQXR. (New York Times)

Radio supporters bid $2 million for Long Island public FM radio station and NPR affiliate WLIU 88.3 Southampton. (East Hampton Star) Three of the four bidders for WLIU are evangelical broadcasters. (Newsday)

After his lawsuit against CBS is tossed out by a New York state court, Dan Rather vows to appeal to the state’s highest court. (Los Angeles Times)

The FCC’s Media Bureau will hold a series of workshops to kick off its 2010 quadrennial review of the media ownership rules. The Commission is required under Section 202(h) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to review its ownership rules every four years and “determine whether any of such rules are necessary in the public interest as the result of competition” and “repeal or modify any regulation it determines to be no longer in the public interest.” The first workshop in the series will be held in early November. (All Access)

The FCC is planning a meeting to resolve the Arbitron Portable People Meter (PPM) dispute. Radio stations with black and Spanish language formats say the PPM method of collecting ratings vastly undercounts minority listeners, harming them in their sales efforts. (Radio Ink)

TV tuning problems for many in the South Bay area in the San Francisco market may soon end. (San Jose Mercury News)

Putting a price on America On Line (AOL) – how much is it worth. (New York Times)

The governor of Texas is blaming hackers for his Web campaign flop. (IDG News Service)

As Internet use expands worldwide, the United States said Wednesday it will give other governments and the private sector a greater oversight role in an organization whose decisions affect how computers relay traffic such as e-mail and Twitter posts. (Associated Press)

Google turns 11 with an eye on Microsoft. (Computer World)

The Grateful Dead has a new life online. (Associated Press)

FBI surveillance guidelines are being protested by civil liberties and Islamic advocates. (Associated Press)

CNN is coming out with an iPhone application that has a feature few other news apps have tried: a price tag. (Associated Press)

The unions could hold the key to the fate of the Chicago Sun Times. (Associated Press)

The trouble with default settings at online stores. (PC World)

On TV, dramatized ads weave plot lines around products. (Associated Press)

Two Romanians face phishing charges in the United States. (IDG News Service)

Two Microsoft executives outline the challenges for Microsoft in 2010. (Network World)

Comedy sites are the top gainers on the Internet. (Los Angeles Times)

Google has added Hot Trends to its search results. (Computer World)

Google adds links to Web page sections in its search results. (IDG News Service)

Google set to roll out Google Wave to 100,000 early users. (Computer World) (San Jose Mercury News)

Facebook offers a translation tool to other sites. (New York Times)

A new survey finds Internet speed is quickest overseas. (New York Times)

Microsoft wins overturn of $388 million patent award. (Reuters)

Is HP considering reorganization? (San Jose Mercury News)

Newspaper stocks surge as their own news improves. (Associated Press)

AT&T is set to start selling Garmin nuvifone this month. (Associated Press)

Microsoft CEO’s compensation is down 6%. (Associated Press)

Fifty years later, CBS’s <the Twilight Zone bridges time. (Associated Press)

Binghamton PBS station WSKG channel 46 is recreating 2 classic episodes of The Twilight Zone. (Binghamton Press Content)

Akamai’s new network aims for iPhone HDTV. (IDG News Service)

Google versus Yahoo: the workers weigh in. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Verizon’s chief technical officer says about FiOS: “I told you so.” (Network World)

The consumer columnist for the Tribune Company’s Hartford Courant has brought suit over his departure. (Associated Press)

Chinese propaganda films are a hit with DVD pirates. (Associated Press)

China clamps down on the Internet ahead of its 60th anniversary. (IDG News Service)

CBS News is partnering with a foreign news startup. (Associated Press)

Several major consumer electronics companies have started working together to develop a common interface for hooking up cell phones and portable gadgets to TV sets. The group includes several of the biggest names in electronics, including Sony, Toshiba, Samsung and the world’s biggest cell phone maker, Nokia. Silicon Image, which makes chips for gadgets, is also part of the group. (IDG News Service)

Twitter advocates say Twitter forces people to get to the point. (Associated Press)

Health care TV ads have passed $100 million for the year. (Associated Press)

The Samsung Instinct HD (Sprint) cellular telephone. (PC World)

The CEO of magazine publisher and TV station owner Meredith received $3.9 million for compensation for the year. Meredith’s magazines include Better Homes And Gardens and its TV stations include Connecticut CBS affiliate WFSB channel 3 Hartford. (Associated Press)

Egypt offers new telcom services. (Associated Press)

Is 3-D TV coming to your living room soon? (San Francisco Chronicle)

A Web site upgrade makes it easier to monitor the federal stimnulus. (Los Angeles Times)

Warner and YouTube are near a deal for music videos. (Reuters)

Dell’s latest laptop tries to impress. (New York Times)

Hollywood liberals under fire: the Roman Polanski debate gets political. (Los Angeles Times) (Washington Post) (Reuters)

In Houston, TV newscasts start at 4:30 a.m. (Houston Chronicle)

George Miles Jr., CEO of WQED-TV channel 13 and WQED-FM 89.3 Pittsburgh, is retiring. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Comcast’s World Of More initiative will come to Pittsburgh in the next few months, following the path in Chicago, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, as Comcast moves all its standard tier channels from analog to digital delivery. Customers with basic service on primary or secondary sets won’t be affected and won’t need new equipment. But anyone who subscribes to standard cable – also known as expanded and generally consisting of channels 23 through 72 – and receives cable without a Comcast set-top box will need to make this migration. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

The Washington Post-Los Angeles Times news syndicate is dissolving. (Washington Post)

The U.S. may need as much as $350 billion to expand broadband. (Reuters)

The FCC’s heavy hand: the FCC should not be telling Internet companies how to run their businesses. (Washington Post)

Sirius XM satellite radio are passing along $2 in music royalty fees to customers each month. (Associated Press)

A die-hard communist general from Romania who was tried for the bombing of Radio Free Europe has died at age 80. (Associated Press)

With his 10 p.m. NBC show, is Jay Leno the future of television? (Time)

Less than a month after its tower was toppled by vandals, graffiti left at Everett, Washington AM station KRKO 1380 is threatening more violence. (Everett, Washington Herald)

CBS’s 60 Minutes is changing with the times. (Los Angeles Times)

Vanity Fair and 60 Minutes are polling the people. (New york Times)

“Big Russ” – Tim Russert Sr. – father of NBC Meet The Press host Tim Russert Jr. – has passed away at age 85. (Buffalo News)

The price the WGBH Educational Foundation is paying for classical music FM station WCRB 99.5 Lowell./Boston is $14 million.
The price, heretofore undisclosed, is included in the sale agreement filed with the FCC. (All Access)

Media Briefing for Friday, September 25, 2009

staff | October 5th, 2009

Media Briefing for Monday, September 28, 2009

There’s no doubt that news in America is in trouble. Of the 60,000 print journalists employed throughout the nation in 2001, at least 10,000 have lost their jobs, and last year alone newspaper circulation dropped by a precipitous 7 percent. Internet, network and cable news employ a dwindling population of reporters, not nearly enough to cover a country of 300 million people, much less keep up with events around the world. It is no longer safe to assume, as the authors of the Constitution did, that free-flowing news and information will always be available to America’s voters. Thirteen/WNET president emeritus Bill Baker looks at how to save the news. (The Nation)

The head of the newspaper industry’s largest association for publishers and executives told a congressional committee this morning that newspapers are not looking for government aid. (Editor & Publisher)

To assist in their reporting, 70% of journalists are using social networks. (Journalistics)

Social networking use triples from only one year ago. (New York Times)

Nielsen says people are spending more time on social networking sites. (Associated Press)

What is the government’s role in making the Web secure? (Associated Press)

Boston’s WGBH-FM 89.7 is going all news, which may spark a radio news war in Boston. (Boston Globe)

Boston’s WGBH-FM 89.7 – the only 100,000 watt FM station in the entire Massachusetts-Rhode Island-Connecticut region, is bidding for a broader presence in public radio. (Boston Globe)

CBS’s 60 Minutes is changing with the times. (Los Angeles Times)

Harvey Nagler, an executive at CBS Radio for more than 20 years, has been chosen to receive the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation’s First Amendment Service Award. “I think it’s a reflection on the organization that I work for,” Nagler said. “I’ve been privileged to work for an extraordinarily professional group of individuals.” A special dinner will be held on March 4, 2010, when Nagler gets his award along with fellow winners, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and ABC News President David Westin. (Examiner.com)

Protesters and supporters greet radio talk show host Glenn Beck as he accepts the key to the city of his hometown, Mount Vernon, Washington. (Seattle Times) (Associated Press) (Bellingham, Washington Herald)

Will cable TV news channels’ “roughousing” exact a price? Pew Center research shows public opinion of journalists has reached an all time low. (Associated Press)

Photography is 170 years old. (Washington Post)

Twitter is valued at $1 billion. (San Jose Mercury News) (New York Times)

Twitter gains $100 million in venture capital. (Los Angeles Times)

Twitter is saving all your tweets. (New York Times)

Computer software places captions on everything in the real world. (Boston Globe)

Suspected drug hitmen burst into a Mexican radio station and shot dead a journalist in front of his colleagues in the latest brazen attack on the media, authorities and a Mexican newspaper say. (Reuters) This was in Ciudad Juarez across from El Paso. (El Diario of Juarez)

Venezuela cable TV says Hugo Chavez plans new regulations. (Associated Press)

ReadWriteWeb’s list of children-friendly Web online resources. (New York Times)

Twenty newspapers, magazines and nonprofit organizations have become new partners with Document Cloud, a data archiving project created by journalists and developers at ProPublica. The New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic, New Yorker, Mother Jones, MSNBC and WNYC AM-FM radio are among those submitting documents, files and other data into the Document Cloud system, and soon make them available for public search. (New York Observer)

Drudge and other Web sites were flooded with malicious ads. (IDG News Service)

Google’s Gmail suffers another service disruption. (Computer World)

Classical music FM radio stations that stream online are dismayed at the Web royalty rules. (Current.org)

Cape Cod Broadcasting, which owns 50,000-watt classical music FM station WFCC 107.5 Chatham and 3 other Cape Cod FM stations, has filed for bankruptcy. WFCC is the flagship station for the World Classical Music Network. The company has 32 employees, according to court documents. (Boston Herald)

Tehran Bureau, an upstart news Web site that earned a msuyt-read status during the psot-election protests in Iran in June, has found a backer in the PBS Frontline program. Frontline is essentially taking Tehran Bureau under its wing by financing and hosting the Web site and providing editorial support. (New York Times)

The Wall Street Journal glossy magazine is going Internet-only, and expanding. (WWD Media)

The TV set is shaping up as an Internet battleground. (Wall Street Journal)

Nielsen and Arbitron are battling for radio ratings. (Media Daily News)

TV stations operating digitally on VHF channels need a power boost. (TV News Check)

Arbitron says it is “extremely surprised and disappointed” with a key U.S. congressman’s findings that the company’s device to track listening habits underrepresented some ethnic and age groups. In a statement on Tuesday, Congressman Edolphus Towns of New York City, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the Media Rating Council (MRC) found “persistent problems” with Arbitron’s minority sample audiences across the country. Arbitron makes the device called the Portable People Meter (PPM) to measure radio station listenership. (Reuters)

HD radios are being added as a standard device in 2010 Jaguars. (Radio Ink)

FM radio comes to the iPod. (New York Times)

Jay Leno needs to earn only a 1.5 rating to earn NBC $300 million a eyar. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Computer software places captions on everything in the real world. (Boston Globe)

The Google books settlement is delayed. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

Google’s Sidewiki lets people post comments about Web pages. (New York Times) (IDG News Service)

The U.S. Census Bureau is using a Spanish-language Telenova to reach Hispanics. (New York Times)

There is a new news site in San Francisco. A San Francisco investment banker is teaming with San Francisco public stations KQED-FM 88.5 and KQED-TV channel 9 to launch a new news operation. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

The FCC takes sides in the net neutrality debate. (Washington Post)

The FCC is examining wireless broadband demands. (Washington Post)

Details of a computer tablet emerge. (Los Angeles Times)

Should the cyber-bigots be banished? (Washington Post)

Suspected drug hitmen burst into a Mexican radio station and shot dead a journalist in front of his colleagues in the latest brazen attack on the media, authorities and a Mexican newspaper say. (Reuters) This was in Ciudad Juarez across from El Paso. (El Diario of Juarez)

Venezuela cable TV says Hugo Chavez plans new regulations. (Associated Press)

A new documentary throws a harsh spotlight on theearly late 1950s career of Dick Clark, when he hosted the daily American Bandstand which originated at WFIL-TV channel 6 Philadelphia and was broadcast nationwide on the ABC television network. (Reuters)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says talk radio and talk shows on cable TV are harming the nation, inhibiting meaningful discourse. (Associated Press)

Tim Russert’s father Big Russ has died at age 85. Tim had written a book about his father earlier this decade. (Mediaite)

The Corporation For Public Broadcasting has teamed with the Public Radio Exchange to launch FluPortal.org, which will provide public TV and radio stations data and other content to help them cover the H1N1 “swine” flu. The site will collect and share local and national reports, multimedia content, and information from the Centers For Disease Control, the Department Of Health And Human Services, and the World Health Organization. (FluPortal.org)

Ken Burns’ National Parks on PBS pays tribute to the men behind the parks. (Los Angeles Times) (Associated Press)

Ken Burns of PBS goes camping, and has photographs. (New York Times)

An independent record shop in Los Angeles continues to thrive. (Los Angeles Times)

A bankruptcy judge has signed off on the sale of the Tribune Company’s Chicago Cubs baseball team. (Associated Press)

Microsoft is set to fire up a data center in Dublin, Ireland. (IDG News Service)

A storage company emerged from stealth mode this week with software designed to efficiently manage the file serving needs of Internet applications such as social networks, online ad serving and software-as-a-service. (Network World)

There are 2 million TV sets in bathrooms. (Silicon Valley Insider)

There is little market for low definition TV sets. (Boston Globe)

After 5 tumultuous years, the publisher of the Long Island daily newspaper Newsday, Tim Knight, has resigned. (New York Post)

Did the Pittsburgh TV stations miss some stories in covering the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh last week. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

The mayor of Cleveland is criticizing NBC affiliate WKYC channel 3 for airing photographs purporting to show the mayor wearing a wig and lingerie. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

The Tribune Co.’s creditors have joined together to investigate the takeover of Tribune by Chicago real estate magnate Sam Zell. (Chicago Tribune)

The National Association of Broadcasting needs to rethink its stand on the stringent FCC indecency rules, according to TV News Check.

Republican FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell told an audience of National Religious Broadcasters Thursday that the FCC should not wait, perhaps up to two years, while the courts sort out challenges to its indecency enforcement policies. The “FCC should not delay adjudicating out the mountain of indecency complaints because we are facing appeals,” he said.
(Broadcasting & Cable)

The “F” word is dropped on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. (New York Daily News)

Toshiba will detail its cell-based TV in early October. (IDG News Service)

Why Abbott Labs continues to grow within the Silicon Valley, and not elsewhere. (San Jose Mercury News)

William Safire, who wrote the On Language column for the New York times Sunday Magazine, has passed away at age 79. (Associated Press) (New York Times) (Washington Post)

Amazon is the Walmart of the Web. (New York Times)

How to tell if you are on the Office Web Apps Invite list? (Computer World)

Google’s fast flips may not be great for media. (San Francisco Chronicle)

ABC cuts commercial time for its premieres. (Los Angeles Times)

Two Facebook friends with a hidden video camera have done more than shake the foundations of ACORN. They have sparked a debate about the parameters of journalism. (Washington Post)

Truck drivers are insisting on their right to keep texting. (New York Times)

Sprint is banking on WiMax to win back its market share. (New York Times)

North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System plans to offer its 7,000 affiliated doctors subsidies of upto $40,000 each over five years to adopt digital patient records. That would be in addition to federal support for computerizing patient records, which can total $44,000 per doctor over five years. (New York Times)

AT&T says Google Voice violates net neutrality principles. (New York Times)

Will Amazon open the Kindle to developers? (New York Times)

ABC’s FlashForward goes crazy with online content. (New York Times)

Fall TV piracy trends don’t support CBS’s anti-Hulu stance. (New York Times)

Overseas, sedate affiliates give CNBC a lift. (New York Times)

Dialing for answers where the Web won’t reach. (New York Times)

To get coverage, a Los Angeles hockey team hires its own reporter. (New York Times)

OneRiot aims to bring real time search to your site with new developer network. (New York Times)

E-Book readers are popping out all over. (New York Times)

On smartphones, gimmicky apps only work for so long. (New York Times)

Will AT&T’s network collapse under the strain of photo-happy iPhone users? (New York Times)

Media Briefing for Thursday, September 24, 2009

staff | September 24th, 2009

Two years ago, the FBI destroyed Walter Cronkite’s FBI records. (USA Today)

The Washington Post delayed publishing a story about a general’s Afghanistan report after the Obama administration expressed concerns that it could put U.S. troops at risk. (Washington Post)

The FCC’s new diversity executive will not be tackling the issue of consolidation of ownership of broadcast stations, but will be focusing on broadband issues. (MultiChannel News)

The scientific integrity of medical research has been clouded in recent years by ghost writing. (New York Times)

ACORN and two former employees of its Baltimore office filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Wednesday against the makers of a hidden-camera video that showed the employees giving tax advice to a man posing as a pimp and a woman posing as a prostitute. The videos were shown on the Fox News Channel, stirring controversy. (Associated Press) (Washington Post)

From Facebook to YouTube to personal blogs, future doctors are crossing the line – and getting in trouble. A new study finds most medical school deans surveyed said they are aware of students posting unprofessional content online, including photos of drug paraphernalia and violations of patient privacy. Some infractions resulted in warnings, others in being expelled. (Associated Press)

New Jersey is cracking down on online crimes against minor children. (Associated Press)

CBS News anchor Katie Couric’s salary is more than the annual budgets of the two major National Public Radio news programs – Morning Edition and All Things Considered. (Columbia Journalism Review)

The PBS.org Web site is repaired after a malware attack. (Network World)

What’s wrong with eBooks? (Computer World)

Before choosing an eBook, pondering the format. (New York Times)

A WiFi alternative when the network gets clogged. (New York Times)

Google books won’t hit digital shelves anytime soon. (PC World)

A Swedish startup aims to tame the Web’s information overload. (IDG News Service)

Journalism still finding recruits if not profits. (Associated Press)

Want to read all about it online? Soon, it may cost you. (Associated Press)

Newspapers have not hit bottom, say analysts. (New York Times)

Privacy advocates praise Facebook’s plan to shutter Beacon, its tracking tool. (IDG News Service) (Associated Press)

How to measure social media payoff. (Computer World)

The FCC chairman says “open Internet” rules are vital. (Associated Press) (Washington Post) He outlines the plans. (Washington Post) (Reuters) (Los Angeles Times)

Republicans are pushing against net neutrality. (Washington Post)

Net neutrality is a victory for consumers. (San Jose Mercury News)

The FCC says the FCC’s net neutrality proposal represents a dramatic shift. <a href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2009/09/21/urnidgns002570F3005978D885257638004C1143.DTL) (IDG News Service)

Google is losing in China as new users go to Baida. (IDG News Service)

E-Commerce is getting the Chinese to loosen their purse strings. (New York Times)

Rupert Murdoch’s Dow Jones is shuttering its Far Eastern Review. (Associated Press)

Yahoo is looking to improve the search experience. (San Jose Mercury NEws)

Yahoo’s new $100 million ad campaign” “It’s Y!ou” (San Jose Mercury News)

Yahoo’s new campaign emphasizes user preferences. (New York Times)

Yahoo is shelling out $100 million to promote its brand over the next 15 months. (IDG News Service) (San Francisco Chronicle)

Microsoft shows off its Bing tool for measuring ad effectiveness. (IDG News Service)

A new Web site assists students in selecting a college. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The jobless rate in California’s Silicon Valley has hit 12%. (San Jose Mercury News)

Apple wins the right to block Apple from iTunes. (New York Times)

Sales of the Pre smartphone are giving Palm a boost. (San Jose Mercury News)

A sneak peek at Palm’s Pixi smartphone is offered. (San Jose Mercury News)

Palm is clawing its way back: what Palm is doing right. (San Jose Mercury News)

The New York Times has big plans for Twitter. The venerable news organization is exploring plans to build search products which can sift through thousands of Twitter feeds and pull together commentary on specific narrow topics. (New York Times)

The Financial Times’ blog Alphaville will become a giant global, 24-hour news service with live reports from London, New York and Tokyo. (Crain’s New York Business)

A survey by Vision Critical shows FM radio in the iPod Nano is popular, especially among 18-to-34 year-olds. (All Access) (scroll down)

Monthly magazine ad pages are down 22% through October. (Media Daily News)

One of the country’s most high-profile gay news programs has broadcast for the last time. CBS News on Logo has aired its final episode. Itay Hod, a former correspondent for the show, told Press Pass Q that the faltering economy prompted CBS to decide not to renew Logo’s contract to produce the news program. “We kind of knew this was coming,” Hod said. The program debuted shortly after Logo’s launch in June 2005. Former CNN reporter Jason Bellini anchored CBS News on Logo, while Hod and Chagmion Antoine worked as correspondents. Court Passant was executive producer. CBS News on Logo was initially a three-minute newscast each week, but it later expanded to a half-hour format. “It took a long time to get up to a point where Logo would even consider a half-hour show,” Hod recalled. ?All three of us [Hod, Antoine and Bellini] basically pushed Logo to do a half-hour show because we realized there was so much more we could do than on a three-minute show.” Hod’s favorite stories included a feature on the impact Hurricane Katrina had on LGBT New Orleanians and an interview conducted with the Reverend Fred Phelps of Kansas? Westboro Baptist Church. (Press Pass Q)
The Boston market’s commercial classical music FM station WCRB 99.5 Lowell MA is being sold to Boston public broadcaster WGBH FM-TV. (Associated Press)

Long Island public radio, NPR affiliate WLIU 88.3 Southampton, is in danger. (Associated Press)

CBS fails to stop Dan Rather’s suit. (Reuters)

The harsh economy makes radio yard sale on Findlay, Ohio AM statioN WFIN 1330 popular. There are similar yard sale or swap shop programs mornings at 10 on WLNG-FM 92.1 Sag Harbor, Long Island and Sunday morning on WTIC-AM 1080 Hartford, Connecticut. (New York Times)

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski says TV jobs are like bad boyfriends. (New York Daily News)

Garrison Keillor is considering giving up hosting NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, and becoming its producer. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Rush Limbaugh and bringing back segregated buses. (Raw Story)

The making of Glenn Beck. (Salon)

Florida Hispanic activist launches campaign against Lou Dobbs on CNN. (Miami Herald)

Hartford, Connecticut’s Broadcast House, the original home of WTIC AM 1080/FM 96.5/TV Channel 3 which opened with great fanfare in 1961 – including a full special section in the Hartford Sunday Courant – is being torned down. (Hartford Courant)

Ratings keep declining for the big 3 network early evening TV newscasts – with revenue now far below the morning network information shows. (Broiadcasting & Cable)

Doubts fade and Katie Couric of the CBS Evening News is energized. (New York Times)

CNBC Power Lunch cohost Sue Herera speaks about the economy. (Grand Rapids Press)

Staying afloat in the television station business in tiny Watertown, New York – at CBS affiliate WWNY channel 7. (TV News Check)

DTV reception problems still abound. (Associated Press)

What viewers can do to improve over-the-air DTV reception. (Associated Press)

Ken Burns of PBS, Katie Couric of CBS and Chris Rohrs are among those being honored as Giants Of Broadcasting by the American Library Of Broadcasting at Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt Hotel October 1 at 11:30 a.m. (American Library Of Broadcasting)

UHF is better than VHF for reception on mobile devices. (TV News Check)

There has been a setback for the proposed federal shield law which would allow journalists to protect the identities of sources for their news stories. (Associated Press)

Joy Behar’s big break on The View on ABC (New York Magazine)

In New York, the progressive talk radio network Air America may not remain on WWRL-AM 1600. (New York Daily News)

Dell is buying Perot Systems for $3.9 billion. (Associated Press)

With Perot, Dell can get part of IT’s hottest segment: health care. (Computer World)

Perot has created jobs in the rural United States and in India. (Computer World)

The Web site Fool Proof Me aims to protect young people from being seduced by credit cards. (Boston Globe)

The U.S. Immigration agency has launched a new Web site. (Associated Press)

Need to crawl billions of Web pages? There’s a crawl for that. (Computer Worl;d)

Science News For Kids.org is a Web site offering information about science – everything from astronomy to agriculture to weather – for children 9 through 14. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Actual people physically gather to talk Twitter. (Associated Press)

Facebook and Nielsen are asking users about display ads. (IDG News Service)

Comscore and Omniture are joining up to measure audiences. (Associated Press)

A U.S. company burned by a Chinese Web filter plans an alternative product. (IDG News Service)

Nevada’s stimulus Web site gets poor marks. (Associated Press)

Al Qaida has releaed a 106-minute video predicting the downfall of Barack Obama at the hands of the fundamentalist Muslims. (Associated Press)

Google Docs versus Microsoft Office: a matter of trust. (Computer World)

Zoho has added a discussion forum application to its Web-hosted software suite. Organizations can use Zoho Discussions for internal forums where employees can discuss projects and for external forums to provide support for customers.
(IDG News Service)

The power of urban radio – the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters. (Radio Ink)

A black Pittsburgh community organization, Black Political Empowerment Project, is asking the FCC to act to provide Pittsburgh with another black oriented radio voice after 3 radio stations were sold and dropped the format for an all-Catholic format. The stations are WAMO-AM 860, WAMO-FM 106.7 and WPGR-AM 1510. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Widget frames from HP and Toshiba. (New York Times)

The CEO of Intel says sales of personal computers will rise in 2009. (Associated Press)

Starbucks turns a iPhone screen into a gift certificate. (New York Times)

Google has unveiled a tool to annotate Web sites. (New York Times)

A small business guide to text messaging marketing. (New York Times)

South Korea has approved Apple’s sale of the iPhone in the country. (Associated Press)

Best Buy and Verizon jump into the e-Reader fray. (New York Times)

e-Kitchens can get crowded. (New York Times)

Name Drop, a social celebrity networking site, wants to sell the real thing. (Los Angeles Times)

OneForty: a directory of Twitter apps. (Los Angeles Times)

Former eBay chief Meg Whitman is running for governor of California. (New York Times)

Former U.S. congressman Mark Foley is now hosting his own talk show on North Palm Beach radio station WSVU 960. (Associated Press)

DVR usage is growing fast, and that is good and bad for TV. (Los Angeles Times)

Federal education chief to fathers: turn off the television set and read. (Associated Press)

New accounting rules benefit Apple and others. (Associated Press)

Media Briefing for Thursday, September 17, 2009

staff | September 17th, 2009

Interviews with legends of TV broadcasting like Walter Cronkite and Milton Berle have hit the Web. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

Public perception of the news media hits a new low. (Associated Press)

Shepard Smith marks 10 years as anchor of the Fox Report. (New York Daily News)

A top disc jockey with Boston’s legendary rock FM station WBCN 104.1 says the end came with the 1996 Telecommunications Act that allowed for one company to own up to 8 radio stations in a market, leading to waves of consolidation. (Boston Globe)

The FCC will take another look at the Janet Jackson nipple Super Bowl incident. (Reuters)

Oracle ad takes on critics of Sun deal. (San Jose Mercury News)

Google – long seen as an enemy of newspapers and magazines – is seeking to be a friend with its new service. (San Jose Mercury News) (New York Times) (IDG News Service)

Google hopes readers flip over new format. (Associated Press)

Google has bought reCAPTCHA to boost its book scanning efforts. (IDG News Service) (San Francisco Chronicle) (New York Times)

Google has acquired Carnegie Melon’s anti-fraud tool. (Associated Press)

Will the government gig put Google ahead of Microsoft in the cloud race? (Computer World)

The founders of Skype have filed a lawsuit against eBay. (Associated Press) (Bloomberg News) (New York Times)

A document reveals the details of Intel’s appeal of its European fine. (San Jose Mercury News)

Intel says the European Union erred in imposing a $1.45 billion fine on Intel. (Associated Press)

Adobe is acquiring Omniture for $1.8 billion. (San Jose Mercury News) (Associated Press)

Facebook says its finances are looking up. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

Corporate information technology departments are prioritizing the wrong threats to their computer systems, focusing on old problems and leaving their companies open to a raft of new cyberattacks aiming at private customer and corporate information. (New York Times)

Apple has hired Intel’s top lawyer. (Associated Press)

Tech marketing jobs are in danger. (Boston Globe)

Google’s fast flip deal has a familiar ring. (New York Times)

The lack of cyber-security alarms experts. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Over the weekend, some visitors to the Web site of the New York Times received a nasty surprise. An unknown person or group sneaked a rogue advertisement onto the site’s pages. (New York Times) (IDG News Service)

France has approved an Internet piracy measure. (Associated Press)

Ken Burns of PBS: voice of the wilderness. (New York Times)

TV shows supportive of marijuana are spreading across the nation. (New York Times)

Is there enough New Jersey coverage on WWOR channel 9? (Hudson Reporter)

Maryland public television has laid off 18. (Baltimore Sun

Here is the status of newspaper companies that have filed chapter 11. (Associated Press)

Like newspapers, universities are endangered. (Washington Post)

Things are looking up for digital FM radio. (Media Post)

Morning and evening newscasts of Boston ABC affiliate WCVB-TV channel 5 are being simulcast on Boston AM station WWZN 1510. (Boston Globe)

The collapse of AM radio station towers in Washington state -KRKO 1380 Everett – and Pennsylvania – WAEB 790 – were just a coincidence, says the FBI. (Allentown Morning Call

Former ABC weekend news anchor Carole Simpson comments on the change of the anchor chair at ABC. (CNN)

New York City CW affiliate WPIX channel 11 has launched a 6:30 p.m. newscast. (New York Daily News)

Michael Moore has a new movie that attacks Reaganomics. (Washington Post)

The Washington Post Sunday magazine killed an article because it was deemed to be too depressing. (Washington Post) (Slate)

Richard Fogel, founder of a San Francisco area news service, is dead at 86. (Associated Press)

From Providence to Sacramento, Roman Catholic dioceses plan TV ad blitzes aimed at inactive Catholics. (Los Angeles Times)

Cablevision introduces interactive banner ads on television. (Associated Press)

Coming to mobile phones: Wall Street Journal fees. (Associated Press)

Is there trouble in Oprah Winfrey’s kingdom? (Associated Press)

Government Web sites are being kept alive at a cyber cemetery. (Associated Press)

Prescription drug addicts who visit multiple doctors to feed their habits are being targeted by a new Internet database for doctors and law enforcement in California. (Associated Press)

Intuit has announced that it is purchasing online personal finance rival Mint for $170 million.

(PC World) (New York Times)

Open old Microsoft publisher files in other programs. (PC World)

Jive tool aims to help companies track social media chatter. (IDG News Service)

Organizations fail to address top cyber vulnerabilities, report says. (IDG News Service)

A look at the Archos 5 Android Internet Tabloid. (PC World)

Danish tourism ad pulled after complaints of promiscuity. (Associated Press)

T-Mobile has dropped a plan to start charging $1.50 for paper bills. (Associated Press)

There is a variety of startups at the TechCrunch 50 conference. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Microsoft swaps text for some pictures in searches. (Associated Press)

Internet Explorer Mobile (formerly known as Pocket Internet Explorer) has been on Windows Mobile devices for a long time now.
(PC World)

With science journalism in retreat, universities turn to the Internet to inform the public. (San Jose Mercury News)

While the latest report from the UCLA Anderson Forecast describes a long, slow climb for the state, Silicon Valley is poised to rebound quickly because of its host of new technologies. (San Jose Mercury News)

PBS and Public Radio International host Tavis Smiley has been named the recipient of the 2009 Interdependence Day Prize at the Seventh Annual Interdependence Day Forum and Celebration in Istanbul, Turkey. The award was presented by Civworld, an international project of Demos, a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization based in New Yprk. Civworld president Benjamin R. Barber called Smiley a “fearless television broadcaster, intrepid interviewer and ardent humanitarian, who has become a voice for all humankind by putting honesty before interest, civil discourse before polemics, and integrity before advantage….” (All Access) (scroll down)

Internet Broadcast and Associated Press have signed a new deal. (TV News Check)

The man who changed Glenn Beck’s life. (Salon)

Microsoft is urging Web learning in case swine flu hits hard. (Associated Press)

The new iPod Nano impresses, and Zune improves. (Associated Press)

A United Nations expert says child pornography on the Internet is increasing. (Associated Press)

AOL has cut 2 executive-level jobs, including that of its just-promoted Chief Operating Officer. (Associated Press)

Zune goes HD. (Hollywood Reporter)

Does General Motors’ new ad campaign turn off some viewers? (Los Angeles Times)

TV’s Newlywed Game features its first gay couple. (Associated Press)

British TV chef Keith Floyd is dead at 65. (Associated Press)

NBC Universal is seeking another round of buyouts from its news staff. (New York Observer)

ABC News president David Westin reminds the news staff to follow editorial standards before sharing information on social networking sites. “There should be a very dark, easily understood line between material that is approved, vetted and published, and material that has yet to reach that standard,” said ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider). “The message to our employees is very clear: If it’s approved and published, then people can tweet it or share it on Facebook. Prior to that happening, the information is not to be shared.” (Newsblues)

The CEO of Mexico’s Grupo Televisa speaks. (Los Angeles Times)

After a 72-year run, the CBS soap opera The Guiding Light goes dark. (New York Daily News)

A startup company is trying to revive online group buying. (New York Times)

Now, even the government has an app store. (New York Times)

The new iPod Nano fulfulls its mission, mostly. (New York Times)

Media Briefing for Friday, September 11, 2009

staff | September 11th, 2009

Consumer reporter John Stossel is leaving ABC to join the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. Stossel, a libertarian, has been appearing on Fox News for years as a guest on shows including “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity & Colmes” and “The Big Story.” He started in the 1970s as consumer reporter for WCBS-TV channel 2 New York and then joined ABC in 1981. (TV Newser)

Congress is considering landmark changes in Web ad privacy. (Associated Press)

A coalition of 10 U.S. privacy and consumer groups has called for new federal privacy protections for Web users, including a requirement that Web sites and advertising networks get opt-in permission from individuals within 24 hours of collecting personal data and tracking online habits. (IDG News Service)

Parents who install a leading brand of software to monitor their children’s online activities may be unwittingly allowing the developer to gather marketing data from children as young as 7 – and to sell that information. (Associated Press)

A Sacramento, California, man has pleaded guilty to charges for his role in an international scam that netted sensitive information on tens of thousands of Internet users and then used that data to open fraudulent Wal-Mart credit cards. (IDG News Service)

The Newseum is launching a 10-part television series, “The Future of News” that will be distributed by American Public Television in early 2010. Frank Sesno, a professor at George Washington University, will host the series with a lineup of media professionals that includes NBC’s Ann Curry, Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, ABC’s Sam Donaldson, Daily Beast founder Tina Brown and Craig Newmark of Craigslist. (Editor & Publisher)

A state assemblyman from Orange county, California, Mike Duvall, has resigned afetr he made comments about affairs and sex, and they were captured on tape, and then aired on KCAL channel 9 Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times)

A strong political TV ad market is predicted. (TV News check)

In New York, the Web site NYMag.com has added a TV column. (Media Daily News)

A buyer has emerged for the Chicago Sun Times. (Media Daily News)

Weekly magazines like Newsweek and Time have suffered big declines in paid subscriptions. (Media Daily News)

Can Google save newspapers? (PC World)

Google is planning to offer micropayments service to media owners. (IDG News Service)

Media firms and ad agencies join together to examine new ways of measuring TV audiences. Worried that the number of people watching TV shows is not being reported accurately, 14 major media companies, advertisers and agencies are teaming up in an effort to develop new methods to measure how people watch television. Among those participating in the venture are Time Warner Inc., Viacom Inc., CBS Corp., NBC Universal (NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo), Walt Disney Co. (ABC), News Corp. (Fox), Procter & Gamble Co., AT&T Inc., Unilever and advertising giant WPP Group.
(Los Angeles Times)

Nielsen is now delivering same day DVR ratings. (Media Daily News)

A new Internet meter will officially measure the Web TV audience. (New York Times)

New York City classical music FM station WQXR is moving from 96.3 to 105.9 on October 8. WQXR will become non-commercial and will be operated by New York City NPR stations WNYC AM 820 and FM 93.9. The station now on 105.9, all-Spanish WCAA, will move to 96.3, giving it a stronger signal, especially to the east, on Long Island and Connecticut. (New York Times) (New York Daily News)

A new TV series is being based on a popular Web site. (New York Daily News)

Motorola phone focuses on the social networks. (New York Times)

Motorola shows off its first Google Android phone. (San Jose Mercury News) (San Francisco Chronicle)

Ford backs a ban on text messaging by drivers. (New York Times)

The U.S. Copyright Office is assailing Google’s settlement on digital books. (New York Times)

Google will allow booksellers to profit from the digital library. (Los Angeles Times)

Google Voice has cool tricks but downsides also. (San Francisco Chronicle)

There are lots of ideas for imposing fees on media online. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

Ghost writing is called rife in medical journals. (New York Times)

Tech companies are pushing to digitalize patients’ health records. (New York Times)

The storage of digital health records has challenges. (New York Times)

Sprint telephone puts a twist on free minutes. (New York Times)

Vivendi has bid $2.9 billion for a Brazilian phone operator. (Reuters)

Jukebox in the cloud: a rhapsody comes to the iPhone. (New York Times)

Facebook will soon let users “tag” their friends in their posts, similar to how they already can with photos. (Associated Press)

Facebook is releasing as open source a Web server technology because it wants to make it easier for developers to create applications that let users post status updates in real time, a functionality popularized by Twitter. The Web server framework that Facebook will offer as open source is called Tornado.
(IDG News Service)

Former WABC-TV channel 7 New York news anchor and reporter Charles Perez – who was recently fired from Miami ABC affiliate WPLG channel 10 – is moving to Connecticut to marry and live with his new accountant boyfriend. Charles Perez says he was fired in Miami because he was “too gay” on the air, an accusation WPLG denies. (Miami Herald)

Four died in the rescue of an abducted New York Times reporter in Afghanistan. (Breitbart) (BBC News)

Christopher Cromett is leaving as head of CNN’s Spanish language division, after 19 years. Early in his career he was at New York City’d WXTV channel 41 and at New York City AM radio station WADO 1280. (Maynard Institute)

The Tribune Co.’s Hartford Courant is reevaluating its plan to have University Of Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma’s daughter write a blog about the team. (Associated Press)

Former ABC news anchor Carole Simpson comments on the ascension of Diane Sawyer to the anchor desk at ABC World News. (CNN)

Frank Batten Sr. – founder of the Weather Channel – has passed away at age 82. (Associated Press)

Even in this age of the Weather Channel and the Internet, millions still consult the Farmers Almanac. (Associated Press)

CNN is planning a political talk show, with possible use of radio talk show hsots. (Fishbowl LA)

Jay Leno has the “buzz,” but will viewers respond to his new 10 p.m. NBC show? (Associated Press)

The Iraqi TV reporter who threw a shoe at George W. Bush might drop his TV career and become an activist. (Associated Press)

AT&T has launched a video site like Hulu. (Associated Press)

A group of major record companies are suing the Ellen DeGeneris Show over music copyrights. (Associated Press)

This September 11, it is Barack Obama who has the bullhorn. (Associated Press)

There is a search underway for new videos of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in Manhattan and in Washington. (Associated Press)

Apple refreshes its iPod lineup, cuts prices and retools iTunes. (Computer World)

Even though the Iraq and Afghanistan wars continue, news coverage of them continues to wane. (Associated Press)

There is a new Web site poroviding information on food safety, FoodSafety.Gov. (Associated Press)

Theren is no alternative to Microsoft Office? IBM begs to differ. (Network World)

Take your work into the cloud with a Web OS. (Computer World)

Cuban post offices have been OK’d for Internet access. (Associated Press)

A journalism watchdog is calling for blogger freedom in Cuba. (Associated Press)

Talk show host Michael Savage has been silenced in San Francisco, where his show originates, and a city he loves to whack on the air. San Francisco AM station KNEW 910 has dropped the show in favor of local programming. (San Francisco Chronicle) (San Francisco Chronicle)

In China, music must be translated and approved before sale. That’s communist! (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Chinese government has cleared a version of the iPhone to use the country’s mobile networks and posted pictures of the handset online, just as carrier China Unicom prepares to launch the phone. (IDG News Service)

Palm will be releasing a cheaper sibling of its Pre smartphone. (Associated Press)

The Palm Pixi could be huge for Palm and Sprint. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Sprint has yanked its Palm Pre incentive. (IDG News Service)

There are 19 free Web sites that keep saving you money. (PC World)

AMD is trying to make Personal Computer purchases easier. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Monzilla has patched ten FIrefox 3.5 vulnerabilities. (Computer World)

How Apple’s Nano beat Palm’s Pixi. (PC World)

In Russia, a reporter critical of a dam accident there is attacked. (Associated Press)

The American Society of News Editors has named two online editors – from Politico and the Dallas Morning News – to its board. (Associated Press)

Media Briefing for Thursday, September 10, 2009

staff | September 10th, 2009

The family of Katherine Graham faces a diminished role at the Washington Post. (Vanity Fair)

The New York Times Co. still intends to sell the Boston Globe but does not have to. (New York Times)

The Bay State Banner, Boston’s only newspaper that focuses on the city’s black communities, has more than doubled its subscription rates while it finalizes a plan to keep the financially struggling paper in business. The 44-year-old weekly paper, which temporarily shuttered July 9 for a month, has wrestled with the same sluggish advertising revenue that has affected other daily and weekly publications around the country. (Boston Globe)

Mark Sudock, a senior editor at Fox 11 KTTV channel 11 Los Angeles, is chagrined enough at the station’s deep layoffs to send me an open letter asking Fox owner Rupert Murdoch to intervene. The layoffs, foretold in June, take effect Thursday. “I have written directly to Mr. Murdoch about this,” Sudock emails. “By sharing my remarks in ‘open letter’ form as well, my hope is to increase the potential for reaching Mr. Murdoch and, ultimately, to save jobs.” (LA Observed)

Privacy watchdogs warn that too many people have no idea that Internet marketers are tracking their online habits and then mining that data to serve up targeted pitches — a practice known as behavioral advertising. So Congress could be stepping in. Congresssman Rick Boucher, D-Va., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, is drafting a bill that would impose broad new rules on Web sites and advertisers. His goal: to ensure that consumers know what information is being collected about them on the Web and how it is being used, and to give them control over that information. (Associated Press) Here is a list of some of the things that could be in the bill. (Associated Press)

The Tribune Co.-owned Hartford Courant is accused of plagiarism by competing newspapers in nearby Connecticut. (WTNH channel 8 New Haven) (Associated Press) (Columbia Journalism Review)

An eco-terrorist group known as the Earth Liberation Front is suspected in the toppling of 2 radio towers belonging to Everett, Washington AM station KRKO 1380. (Everett Herald) (Bellingham Herald)

On the East Coast, one of the towers belonging to Allentown AM radio station WAEB 790 was toppled. (Allentown Morning Call)

The case for listening to the Beatles in mono rather than stereo. (Washington Post)

Password hackers are slippery and diffoicult to collar. (Washington Post)

At NBC’s Web site for women, iVillage, a makeover. (New York Times)

Like Apple, cable and satellite TV are exploring must-have applications. (New York Times)

Google says it will limit the out-of-print books it plans to make available online in order to appease European publishers, authors and other copyright holders objecting to a proposed American court settlement allowing Google to sell digital books on the Internet. (New York Times)

In Caracas, the government said Monday a leading TV channel aligned with Venezuela’s opposition could lose its broadcast license for allegedly airing a viewer’s text message calling for a coup and the assassination of President Hugo Chavez. (Associated Press)Prosecutors have opened a criminal probe. (Associated Press)

Ecuador’s president will sek to have a TVG station’s license suspended for airing a taped interview between him and a legislator. (Associated Press)

Anti-assimilation TV and newspaper ads in Israel are yanked after an outcry. (Associated Press)

Lewis Zager, 58, a broadcast engineer who had been an independent consultant helping public television stations transition from analog to digital television since 2007, died on 8/16 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. He had acute myeloid leukemia. From 2002 to 2007, Zager worked for PBS in Northern Virginia as the director of the Digital Television Strategic Services Group. He started his broadcast career in 1979 as a cameraman and sound engineer for WETA. He later became a technical director for shows including The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer and Washington Week in Review. Zager was a vice president of technology when he left WETA in 2002. (Washington Post)

In California, cable TV is making a big push for a tax on satellite TV. (Los Angeles Times)

An AIDS awareness video online in Germany uses an Adolf Hitler lookalike. (Associated Press)

Spanish TV secures Olympic rights for $100 million. (Associated Press)

A Google porn filer has won the Chinese government’s tumbs up. (IDG News Service)

News Web sites in China, complying with secret government orders, are requiring that new users log on under their true identities to post comments, a shift in policy that the country’s Internet users and media have fiercely opposed in the past. (New York Times)

Ken Burns of PBS, Chris Rohrs of the Television Bureau of Advertising and Katie Couric of CBS are among those being honoredf as Giants Of Broadcasting October 1 at the Trump Towers in Manhattan October 1, an event run by the Library Of American Broadcasting. (Library Of American Broadcasting) FM radio station KDND 107.9 Sacramento made up the contest rules “on the spot,” the plaintiffs’ attorneys said, in pursuit of “sheer entertainment value” and top ratings in the Scramento market. The result: a young mom who died trying to win a popular video game for her family. But if the outcome was tragic, defense lawyers for KDND argued, still far from predictable was that anybody could die in a water-drinking contest. And if anybody was negligent, they said some of the responsibility has to be placed on the victim herself. (Sacramento Bee)

There are now some 800 Low Power FM stations in the U.S. – like KXZI 101.9 Kalispell, Montana – that offer a wide assortment of programming, and there is a bill in Congress to double the number of such stations to 1,600. (New York Times)

Want to know about a tourist Internet site? Point a phone at it. (Boston Globe)

Some people actually become addicted to the Internet and a new clinic aimed at helping addicts break the Internet habit is now open in the Seattle area. (Associated Press)

Apple has yanked a Greenwich Internet developer’s iPhone application from its iTunes App Store after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority asked the company to stop distributing the program, which displays Metro-North Railroad and other transit schedule information. The MTA asked Apple in a letter August 7 to remove the application, MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said, complaining that it lacked an approved disclaimer showing the MTA was not responsible for the accuracy of the information. (Greenwich, Connecticut Time)

We Live in Public is a documentary about Josh Harris, who director Ondi Timoner (?Dig!??) bills as the ?greatest Internet pioneer you’ve never heard of.”? There’s a reason you’ve never heard of him – or, if you have heard of him, a reason you?re probably trying to forget him. All by himself, Harris embodied the dot-com bubble of the 1990s: The heady pronouncements of an endless techno-future, the geek arrogance, the obscene pots of money, the digital isolation that passed (and passes) itself off as a communications revolution. (Boston Globe) (Boston Phoenix)

Meetup.com is a Web site for organizing local groups. (New York Times)

Nielsen measures TV everywhere, and could produce a single rating. (Media dfaily News)

Internet radio revenues are up. (eMarketer)

BusinessWeek magazine has generated interest from 93 potential buyers. (Bloomberg News)

Who is most engaged with email? (eMarketer)

Joe Scarborough, host of Morning Joe on MSNBC cable TV and a radio show on New York AM talk station WABC 770, may be a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. (All Access)

The FCC has denied petitions opposing the sale of the complicated WQXR FM New York deal. (Radio Ink)

Are the days of Matt Drudge over? (New York Observer)

Garrison Keillor of NPR has been hospitalized after a minor stroke. (Associated Press) (Huffington Post)

The memorial service in Manhattan honoring Walter Cronkite drew two presidents, an Apollo astronaut, and a member of the Grateful Dead rock band. (Washington Post) (New York Daily News) (Associated Press) (Los Angeles Times)

Fordham University’s 50,000-watt FM station WFUV 90.7 is installing a booster to improve its signal in Manhattan and Brooklyn. (WFUV)

Microsoft fixes 8 security flaws. (Washington Post)

Apple’s Steve Jobs is back on the job. (Washington Post) (New York Times) (Associated Press) (San Francisco Chronicle) (Reuters) (San Jose Mercury News)

Former U.S. Congressman Mark Foley of Florida gets his own radio show on Palm Beach AM radio station WSVU 960. (Associated Press)

Complete Genomics announced Tuesday that it had deciphered and delivered 14 full human genomes to customers that include pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and leading medical research institutes. (San Jose Mercury News)

Apple’s iTouch does not get the expected upgrade. Id that so bad? (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Stars And Stripes newspaper has become the Pentagon’s new watchdog. (Forbes)

Politico has launched Politico/Click which covers the social scene in Washington, D.C. It is a lifestyle section that will “serve as the premier destination for news and gossip on Washington DC social scene.” Click will cover parties, receptions, and the impromptu gatherings “where the real work of Washington is often done.” (Politico/Click)

For the second time this year, a New York Times journalist is now free from captivity in Afghanistan. Stephen Farrell was rescued in commando raid earlier today, which killed a British soldier and the reporter’s interpreter, Sultan Munadi. (Politico) (scroll down)

Disney Channel shift reflects its failure to win over boys. (Associated Press)

The CW television network knows what women want. (Houston Chronicle)

Diane Sawyer’s promotion harkens back to TV’s past. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

OpenTV opens the way to behavioral advertising on television. (IDG News Service)

The U.N. is turning to YouTube to jolt the world’s plodding climate diplomacy into higher gear. Instead of relying solely on live television, organizers’ of the U.N. chief’s September 22 climate summit said Tuesday they’ve asked some world leaders to make pre-recorded video statements for release on a summit Web site and on YouTube. (Associated Press)

The U.S. Olympic Committee is not giving up the idea of its own television network. (Associated Press)

Bill Gates is using MTV to spread his education message to America’s youth. (Associated Press)

Media Briefing for Friday, September 4, 2009

staff | September 4th, 2009

Lenders are breathing down the necks of some debt-burdened radio broadcasters. Radio companies are being forced to renegotiate loan terms, often resulting in higher interest or other penalties. Citadel Broadcasting, for instance, got a waiver for its leverage requirements through the end of 2009. But the company skipped a $2 million interest payment on its subordinated debt due Aug. 15 and is negotiating with senior debtholders about “what the next step should be,” says Citadel CEO Farid Suleman. “All options are on the table,” including prepackage bankruptcy, debt restructuring and another amendment to the company’s credit agreement. Emmis Communications, with 22 stations, recently had to renegotiate agreements with lenders because of declining revenue. Cumulus Media, with 314 stations, renegotiated agreements with lenders at the end of June. Both it and Emmis got leverage ratios suspended in exchange for tighter restrictions such as prepaying excess cash to their borrowers. Clear Channel, owned by CC Media Holdings, will just squeak by its covenant requirements this year. (Wall Street Journal) (subscription required)

There are bright spots in the radio sector. (Media Daily News)

Don Imus’ morning radio show is now being simulcast on the Fox Business Network, starting October 5. (Associated Press) (TV News Check) (New York Daily News) (Reuters)

For ABC, there is an image change with the ascension of Diane Sawyer to the anchor desk on ABC World News. (New York Times)

The Sawyer shift has brought a gap at the top of ABC’s Good Morning America. (New York Times)

ABC seeks a smooth transition from Gibson to Sawyer. (New York Daily News)

Is Charles Gibson upset Diane Sawyer is repoaklcing him? (New York Daily News)

Big cities often mean big problems for iPhone users. (New York Times)

Customers angered as iPhones overload AT&T. (New York Times)

The Authors Guild is accusing Amazon of hypocrisy in its Google filing. (New York Times)

Amazon files opposition to Google book settlement. (Bloomberg News)

Magazines now create and customize ads. (New York Times)

The race to be an early adopter of technologies goes mainstream, a survey finds. (New York times)

Snow Leopard is inexpensive but not cheap. (Boston Globe)

Nielsen: digital is growing, but TV is still on top. (Media Daily News)

Facebook Connect is extending to mobile. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Magazine circulation is down sharply. (New York Times)

Cable companies seek tax on satellite TV. (Los Angeles Times)

Studios might use YouTube to sell and rent movies. (Los Angeles Times) (Associated Press)

Mount Vernon, Washington is not united on Glenn BEck Day September 26. (Seattle Times)

Authorities say a college professor on a crusade to change the way a Los Angeles weatherman uses terminology has to leave him alone or face six months in jail. Melanie Patton Renfrew, a Harbor College teacher, wants KNBC-TV’s Fritz Coleman to change references to onshore and offshore winds. (Associated Press)

Facebook is extending its connect data to mobile. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A marketing company sells clients Facebook friends. (Associated Press)

Fox has added tweets to “Fringe” reruns. (Associated Press)

The Internet is 40 and still offers surprises to an Internet pioneer. (Computer World)

North America’s largest French language newspaper, Canada’s La Presse, is threatening to close without significant cuts. (Associated Press)

Sprint is readying its first Android smartphone. (Network World)

Sony breathes life into the venerable clock radio. (IDG News Service)

After accusations it plagiarizes news stories from other newspapers in Connecticut, the Hartford Courant has apologized. (Hartford Courant)

Media Briefing for Thursday, September 3, 2009

staff | September 3rd, 2009

Younger employees are being disproportionately hit by layoffs in the newspaper industry. While there are some good reasons behind this trend, it clearly bodes ill for a medium trying to break out of an antiquated business model. Newspapers might be interested in expanding their digital offerings, but you wouldn’t know it from a recent survey conducted by the Associated Press Managing Editors, which found that the wave of layoffs over the last couple years has disproportionately affected younger employees, in effect constituting a purge of people under the age of 35 from the newspaper business. (Media Daily News)

A coalition of 10 U.S. privacy and consumer groups has called for new federal privacy protections for Web users, including a requirement that Web sites and advertising networks get opt-in permission from individuals within 24 hours of collecting personal data and tracking online habits. (IDG News Service)

An official in Los Angeles is criticizing the lack of round-the-clock radio and TV coverage of the giant Mount Wilson fire. (Associated Press)

A judge has finalized his decision to throw out convictions of a Missouri mother for her role in an Internet hoax directed at a 13-year-old neighbor girl who committed suicide. U.S. District Judge George Wu said in his written ruling that the case was never a legal test of crimes involving “cyberbullying.” (Associated Press) The acquittal is likely to be embraced by Interent supporters. (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)

How can cyberbullying be prevented? (San Francisco Chronicle)

A study finds the Web is no substitute for civic engagement. (Associated Press)

Shrinking newsrooms mean fewer battles for access to proceedings in the courts. (New York Times)

Local news is the most expensive news. A news organization can hire someone to report about national or world events and his work may be of interest to millions of people. But the work of a reporter assigned to local topics is of interest only to the much smaller number of people in that area, even as local
news is often the news most in demand. That’s the economics of the dispute between, on one side, the Manchester, Connecticut Journal Inquirer and newspapers in New Britain, Bristol, Torrington, and Waterbury, Connecticut and, on the other, the Hartford Courant. Times are hard, the Courant’s parent company, Tribune Co., is in bankruptcy because of a mistimed leveraged buyout, and the Courant has eliminated about half of its news staff over the last two years. While the layoffs have saved the Courant a lot of money, they have shown up in the loss of town news coverage. So like other struggling metropolitan newspapers, the Courant has formally undertaken to appropriate wholesale the local news of its competitors in a practice politely called “aggregation,” a practice better understood as plagiarism and theft, says the Manchester, Connecticut Journal Inquirer

THe Tribune Company’s Hartford Courant is reviewing its policy of providing links to local news stories in suburban newspapers. Critics say the Courant is using these papers’ stories so it does not have to bear the expense of paying liocal reporters. (Hartford Courant)

The Federal Trade Commission has scheduled 2 days of workshops on December 1 and 2, focusing on the woes of traditional broadcast and print journalism. (Federal Trade Commission)

While some desire less consolidation of ownbership of media, some see more consolidation as an answer to the news media’s woes. (TV News Check)

The Television Advertising Bureau (TVB) says TV advertising declined 13% in Quarter 2 of 2009. (Media Daily News)

In Rhode Islamd, the Newsport Daily News finds that since it started charging for online news stories, subscriptions to its print edition have gone way up. (Newsweek)

After 3 years, Charles Gibson is giving up the anchor seat at ABC World News, and is being replaced by Diane Sawyer. (Los Angeles Times) (New York Times) (Washington Post) (Associated Press) (Politico)

Public TV station WGBH-TV channel 2 and public FM station WGBH 89.7 Boston are being harmed by the recession. (Boston Globe)

Freedom Communications, whose ownings include the Orange County Regsiter and the world’s oldest TV station, Schenectady’s CBS affiliate WRGB channel 6, which dates back to 1928, has filed for bankruptcy. (Orange County Register) (Los Angeles Times) (Associated Press)

Should the federal government be responsible for bringing broadband service to rural areas such as Western Massachusetts? (Boston Globe)

Three are being detained in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan that left CBS radio news reporter Cami McCormick seriously injured and also killed an American soildier. (WLTX channel 19 Solumbia, South Carolina)

Jeff Smulyan, CEO of group owner Emmis, including New York City FM stations WQHT 97.1, WRKS 98.7 and WRXP 101.9, still believes in the strength of radio, into the future. Jeff Smulyan launched the fierst all-sports radio station, WFAN New York, in 1987. (Indianapolis Star)

YouTube is planning on offering pay movies. (New York Times) (San Jose Mercury News)

The thrills and pitfalls of finding old flames online. (San Jose Mercury News)

Apple schedules a rock and roll press event. (San Jose Mercury News)

Attracting other people’s millions with visions of expanding his experimental clean-tech portfolio, celebrated venture capitalist Vinod Khosla on Tuesday announced the creation of two new funds exceeding $1 billion — the largest venture fundraising success of the year. Khosla Ventures’ new war chest includes a $275 million fund dubbed Khosla Ventures Seed to nurture early-stage “green” ideas with investments of about $2 million, and an $800 million fund that would make more diverse investments up to $15 million. Khosla’s fundraising success appears to reflect both his own reputation and an ongoing shakeout in the venture industry. (San Jose Mercury News)

iPhone users love the device but hate its slowness. (New York Times)

Gmail was knocked offline for a time for most users. (Associated Press) (IDG News Service)

There has been a summer surge for online video. (eMarketer)

Fifteen million are tuning into mobile video. (Mobile Intelligencer)

To halt declining radio ad sales, Clear Channel is combining radio ad buys with other media. (Click Z)

Hoping to capitalize on viewers’ endless appetite for food shows, Gourmet magazine and WGBH-TV channel 2, the PBS affiliate in Boston, are launching a new series – Gourmet’s Adventures With Ruth – on October 17. (Media Daily News)

Almost two-thirds of consumer mail is advertising. (Media Daily News)

Religious programming is taking over more and more of the radio dial in Pittsburgh. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

A federal jury in California has found two Web hosting companies and their owner liable for contributing to trademark and copyright infringement for hosting sites selling counterfeit Louis Vuitton goods, and now the hosting companies must pay $32 million. (Computer World)

Sony Corp. is giving Google Inc.’s fledgling Web browser a boost by installing it on new computers. (Associated Press)

Two Web sites that rely on a mix of experts and amateur reporters to cover community news are joining forces in a deal announced Tuesday.Examiner.com, a rapidly growing site that relies on contractors to dissect a wide variety of topics, paid an undisclosed amount for NowPublic, which depends on volunteers to cover what’s happening in more than 6,000 cities around the world. (Associated Press)

Twitter and texting could help families in disasters. (Associated Press)

The Dutch will prosecute over a Holocaust cartoon. (Associated Press)

The producers of a documentary exploring deadly school collapses in last year’s Sichuan, China earthquake and the plight of bereaved parents have been denied Chinese visas to attend a Beijing showing, one of the men said. Beijing Independent Film Festival organizers extended the invitations after selecting China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province, as part of this week’s program.However, one of its producers, City University of New York professor Peter Kwong, said the Chinese consulate in New York had refused them visas. Officials gave no reason, but Kwong and the other producers said they believe it is due to government pressure. (Associated Press)

The two American Current TV reporters held in North Korea for a time say they were dragged into the communist country. (Associated Press)

The United Kingdom is having its first live televised political debate. (Associated Press)

The West African nation of Guinea bans political debates on radio and TV. (Reuters)

Free trips to Thailand are being offered for the Internet savvy. (Associated Press)

Seattle’s public libraries close for one week to save money. (Associated Press)

One can use electric sockdets as a Wi-Fi alternative. (Associated Press)

A woman was tricked into wiring $4,000 on Facebook. (Associated Press)

Hoax video online about Michael Jackson creates stir. (Assocated Press)

Wal-Mart’s will be selling goods from other vendors on the Web. (Associated Press)

Wal-Mart has expanded its recall of Durabrand DVD players. (Associated Press)

Microsoft is missing its target date for releasing a technical preview of Office Web Apps, the Web-based versions of software in its Office productivity suite. (IDG News Service)

In San Francisco, Pirate Cat Radio continues on, aty 87.9 at the beginning of the FM dial. (SF Gate)

Nokia rolls out its new phone. (New York Tinmes)

Google and Amazon are increasingly at odds over e-books. (New York Times)

Server makers go retro as sales plummet. (New York Times)

In a sale, online calling service Skype wins the chance to prosper. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

Internet providers seek a low broadband bar. (Reuters)

A key broadband official says more spectrum space is needed. (Reuters)

A graphic British public service announcement about the dangers of sending text messages while driving has become an Internet hit and sparked debate around the world. (Associated Press)

With the severe money crunch, will Citadel sell the radio stations it acquired from ABC, including WABC-AM 770 and WPLJ-FM 95.5 New York? (Wall Street Journal) (registration required)

Cable TV is turning up the ehat on the big 4: ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Cablevision is gunning for a WiFi contract in New York City. (Associated Press)

Study finds primetime on the Internet is 11 p.m. (Associated Press)

Tech mogul Ted Siebel has been seriously injured by an elephant. (San Jose Mercury News)

Media Briefing for Friday, August 28, 2009

staff | August 31st, 2009

More than bhalf – 51% – of U.S. Web surfers use the social networking sites. (Network World)

ACLU says Facebook knows too much, citing the Facebook quizzes. (San Jose Mercury News)

Facebook is moving to improve piracy crackdown and transparency. (New York Times)

Facebook agrees with Canada on privacy controls. (Associated Press)

Hackers find hioles in Web browsers’ privacy safeguards. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Antitrust officals in Italy are probing Google. (Associated Press)

DirecTV, TBS and TNT are putting TV shows online, according to sources. (Associated Press)

Newspaper ad revenues sink 29% in Quarter 2 of 2009. (Associated Press)

Disgruntled Tribune Co. bondholders have asked a U.S. bankruptcy judge to let them investigate Sam Zell’s 2007 buyout of the newspaper-and-television chain in an effort to derail a plan that would hand the company over to its banks. The filing, made late Wednesday, calls the $8.2 billion transaction a “fraudulent conveyance” that left Tribune insolvent from the onset of the 2007 deal. It accuses senior lenders led by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. of completing a leveraged buyout they should have known would push the company into bankruptcy. (Wall Strewet Journal) (Associated Press) (New York Times)

Masters of multi-tasking fall short in Stanford University study. (San Jose Mercury News)

Politics erupts at a Wikipedia meeting focusing on its Spanish version. (New York Times)

Does a fashion blogger’s suit against Google seem weak? (San Francisco Chronicle)

Is Google entering the mortgage quote business? (New York Times)

Italian regulators are investigating Google. (New York Times)

Dell beats forecasts, and then surges. (New York Times)

Coupons are increasingly available on the Web. (Associated Press)

The A&E and Lifetime cable channels complete their merger. (New York Times)

For a select few, Madison Avenue has “dream” jobs. (New York Times)

The Wall Street Journal gives an ethics green light to a public relations exeuctive’s column. (New York Times)

Ted Kennedy and his death and legacy receive wide coverage on TV. (New York Daily News) (Washington Post)

The cable TV networks are in rare agreement on coverage of Ted Kennedy’s death. (Los Angeles Times)

The FCC is investigating wireless. (Associated Press) (Reuters)

Is the Oprah Winfrey Network slow to get off the ground? (Los Angeles TImes)

Italy’s state broadcaster RAI has refused to air ads promoting “Videocracy,” a Swedish documentary examining the influence of television on Italian culture over the last 30 years, because it says the spots are an offense to Premier Silvio Berlusconi. (Associated Press)

Internet campaigning arrives cautiously in Japan. (Associated Press)

California Catholics try TV to try to draw churchgoers. (Associated Press)

Does an abortion ad in China cross the line? (San Francisco Chronicle)

Twelve words you can never say in the office (all computer related) (Network World)

In Israel, big name celebrities are to appear ona children’s show. (Associated Press)

There is an outcry over a sexy photograph of a female news anchor on Denver TV station KDVR channel 31. The picture is on a magazine cover. (Denver Post)

Spanish-language disc jockey Polito Vega has been keeping Latin music on the air in New York metro for 50 years. (New York Times)

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