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Media Briefing for Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday, August 14th, 2009

WAGE-AM 1200 Loudoun, Virginia in suburban Washington quits the air after 40 years. (Washington Post)

Arbitron is offering an on-line report on listenership to public radio. It is free but registration is required. (Arbitron)

The Silicon Valley of California is still a center of the technology world. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Silicon Valley is getting its “mojo” back. (San Jose Mercury News)

Emails from the public have overwhelmed the U.S. House of Representatives Web site. (Associated Press)

Are ethics in media so “last century?” (American Progress)i

A Boston author is denying plagurism in a Facebook story. (Boston Globe)

Plans are in place for a new TV show set in Buffalo. (Buffalo News)

For Woodstock’s 40th anniversary, “hippie” days are here again on the FM radio radio. (New York Daily News)

For Woodstock 40, VH1 has been running a documentary series on the 1960s. (New York Times)

Facebook entries can stir jealousy. (Associated Press)

The founder of Netscape is backing a new browser. (New York Times)

Boston will test Verizon’s next level Web link. (Boston Globe)

The Asian American Journalists Association is holding its annual convention in Boston all this week. (AAJA)

The National Lesbian & Gay journalsits Association is holding its annual convention in Montreal September 10 through 13. (NLGJA)

Radio talk show host Bill Press is critical of CNN’s decision to ban radio talk show hosts from interviews. (NTS Media) Bill Press’ morning drive show is heard on Buffalo 50,000-watt clear channel station WWKB 1520, which is audible over most of the northeast up until sunrise and even past sunrise.

Gannett cuts 70 more positions at its Westchester County daily newspaper. (New York Times)

A top FCC official is proposing using license fees to help fund public television. (CNS News)

The Yale Press has banned images of Muhammed in a new book it is printing. (New York Times)

The employees of Victoria, British Columbia’s CHEK channel 6 are buying the station. (CBC)

The World Trade Organization gave the United States a victory on Wednesday in its trade battle with China, ruling that Beijing had violated international rules by limiting imports of books, songs and movies. The decision buttresses growing complaints from the United States and Europe that China is becoming increasingly nationalistic in its trade policies. It also offers some hope that China will remove its restrictions on media and reduce rampant piracy of intellectual property. China can appeal. (New York Times)

China might appeal the World Trade Organization ruling. (Associated Press)

There is an upcoming teleconference on selling and leasing towers. (TV News Check)

The freed Current TV journalists just released from North Korea have issued a video thanks to all their supporters. (Associated Press)

U.S. immigration officials have detained a Pakistani journalist employed by the U.S.-sponsored Voice of America news service who was hoping to find refuge in the United States after Islamic militants in Pakistan destroyed his house and threatened his life. (Washington Post)

AT&T has filed a complaint against Cablevision regarding sports programming in Connecticut. (Associated Press)

The Fox broadcast network is declining to run an episode of the Family Guy that involves the issue of abortion. (Washington Post)

Script writer Budd Schulberg, who just passed away, was a face from the past who understood television’s potential power. (Chicago Tribune)

Female sports anchor Sam Ryan is leaving WCBS-TV channel 2 New York. (New York Daily News)

Miami openly gay TV news anchor Charles Perez – recently fired by Miami ABC affiliate WPLG channel 10 – says his agent compared the WPLG news director who fired him – and who is also gay – to the ?Jews in the 1930s who sold out other Jews?. (Miami Herald) Previously Charles Perez was an anchor and reporter in New York City at WABC-TV channel 7. In 1995 he launched a nationally syndicated 5-day-a-week TV talk show taped at 524 West 57th Street in Manhattan.

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Media Briefing for Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Associated Press is to withhold some content from the AP wire. (Nieman Lab)

African American media are struggling to survive. (Public Radio international)

Long Island Public Radio, 25,000-watt FM station WLIU 88.3 Southampton, is in danger of closure October 3.
(Sag Harbor, Long Island Express)

General Electric is calling the Fox News Channel’s report on bombs patently false. (Associated Press)

CNN has banned radio talk show hosts from interviews on the all news cable channel. (TV Newser)

Facebook has bought Friendfeed. (San Jose Mercury News>

Old Google vs. new Google: Google wants your feedback. (Los Angeles Times)

Google has provided a peek into its new search engine. (Associated Press)

General Motors and eBay have launched on online sales site. (San Jose Mercury News)

Bogus fees are landing on telephone bills too easily. (Los Angeles Times)

Radio host Don Imus is in talks with the Fox Business Network about simulcasting his radio show on cable TV. (Los Angeles Times)

One of the 2 major all news stations in Los Angeles, KFWB 980, is dropping the format to switch to all-talk, with Doctor Laura Schlesinger leading the way. (Los Angeles Times)

The Saudi Arabians closed a TV station’s bureaus there after an on-air talk about sex. (Associated Press)

Glenn Beck’s statements that Barack Obama is an anti-white racist have cost him 3 major advertisers: Geico Insurance, Proctor & Gamble, and Lawyers.com. (San Francisco Chronicle) (Mediaite)

The Seattle Times has shown a sharp resurgence, with circulation up 30%. (New York Times)

The national newspaper group Journal Register Co. whose ownings include the Trentonian and New Haven Register, has emerged from bankruptcy. (Associated prerss)

Will Philadelphia be the first big city in the U.S. without a daily newspaper? (New York Times)

The threat to the survival of the nation’s newspaper is a threat to our democracy, according to Dan Rather. (Washington Post)

The newspaper union has won the right to see information anout the bonuses being granted to top executives at the bankrupt Tribune Co. (Associated Press)

Three listeners have come forward to say they received severe psychological damage participating in Sacramento FM station KDND 107.9′s contest Hold Your We for a Wii. (Sacramento Bee)

Is it a setback for sunshine in the land of the midnight sun – in state government in Alaska? A judge ruled Wednesday that the Alaska governor’s office can use private e-mail accounts to conduct state business, as former Governor Sarah Palin sometimes did. The case stemmed from a lawsuit filed by Anchorage resident Andree McLeod, who contended such use of private e-mails denies citizens the right to inspect public records. “I’m stunned,” she said after the decision. “I’m stunned that something as simple as no private e-mails should be used for state business has become such a complicated issue. (Associated Press)

TV anchor Charles Perez, who lost his job at Miami ABC affiliate WPLG channel 10, after filing a complaint about alleged anti-gay discrimination, speaks. (The Advocate)

The href=http://www.radiomiw.com/MIWmain.html> Mentoring and Inspiring Women In Radio Group (MIW) has scheduled a “Speed Mentoring” Special Session on Wednesday. September 23rd, 2008, at the 2009 NAB Fall Radio Show in Philadelphia, in conjunction with the NABEF Career Day. The event will take place from 10:3011:45a in Franklin Room 3 inside the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel. The series of eight-minute advice sessions will be modeled after the widely successful “speed dating” concept. Attendees will be able to meet and speak “one-on-one” with members of the MIWs and other Industry leaders, who are top professionals in radio programming, sales, marketing and management. Upon the conclusion of the sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to network on-site. “We are thrilled to once again present this exciting event at the NABEF Career Day event,” MIW Radio Group spokesperson Heidi Raphael said. “It’s a terrific opportunity for attendees to speak with some of the top radio professionals in our industry.” (All Access)

Some TV shows are now being taped in Connecticut, including the Jerry Springer Show and Maury Povich, both at the Rich Forum in Stamford, and NBC’s Deal Or No Deal, taped at Solalysts in Waterford. (Hartford Courant)

Artists turn top the FCC in the performance fee dispute in radio. (Washington Post) (Reuters)

Public radio and the music industry have reached an agreement on fees. (paidContent)

Margaret Sullivan, 62, a producer at Maryland Public Television, died Tuesday after a short illness. She began her career as an actress and stage manager for the newly-formed Center Stage in Baltimore in 1969. Sullivan began her television career in the early 1970s as a camera operator and director of commercials for Channel 45/WBFF Baltimore. She left for MPT in 1976 and worked on shows such as Crabs, The Critics Place, and Weeknight Alive. She also was an associate producer for MPT’s On Stage At Wolf Trap. Working with Julia Child in the late 1990s, Sullivan produced Cooking With Master Chefs, Baking With Julia, and In Julia’s Kitchen With Master Chefs. Says MPT veteran Rhea Feikin, via the Baltimore Sun: “She was one of the most professional and generous producers I have ever worked with – and one of the nicest human beings I have known”. (DCRTV)

Aspiring independent filmmakers are paying for marketing and distributing their films on their own. (New York Times)

Michael Jackson’s earnings grow by millions after his death. (New York Times)

Facebook can threaten relationships, study says. (Los Angeles Times).

Cellular telephones are largely immune to viruses – for now. (New York Times)

Tighter cellphone laws might face static. (Washington Post)

Sony plans to adopt a common format for Ebooks. (New York Times)

Google tries to caffeinate search. (San Jose Mercury News) (Associated Press)

Getting your wireless network up to speed. (New York Times)

The Georgian blogger targeted by a cyber attack last week that affected millions of Internet users across the world said Wednesday that Russian hackers were to blame, but that he would not be silenced.The attack last week on the sole blogger took Twitter offline for several hours and caused problems for Facebook and online diary site LiveJournal.The target of the attack was identified as a Georgian blogger going by the name Cyxymu – Cyrillic spelling of the town Sukhumi, the rebel capital of Georgia’s breakaway Black Sea region of Abkhazia. (Reuters)

FM music radio host Dennis Elsas has an online archive of broadcasts from his 35 years of broadcasts at WNEW-FM 102.7 and WFUV 90.7 New York. (Dennis Elsas Archives)

In its final days, a Boston institution – WBCN 104.1 – rocks a final farewell. (Boston Globe)

At AOL, it’s politics daily, not hourly. (Washington Post)

Sirius XM satellite radio is offering $250 million in notes. (Associated Press)

PBS Asks: What’s New For Baby Boomers? (TV News Check)

Will the first Twitter opera be the last Twitter opera? (Los Angeles Times)

Study says 40% of Twitter is pointless babble. (San Francisco Chronicle)

New York state has fined a health insurer over misleading TV ads. (Associated Press)

U.S. postage stamps commemorate shows from the 1950s so-called golden era of TV. (Associated Press)

In Iraq, a TV station is fined for misquoting a government official. (Associated Press)

Morale is at an all-time low at the newsroom at San Francisco MyNetwork TV affiliate KRON channel 4. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Web site tr.im is staying in business. (Associated Press)

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s reelection campaign has launched a Web site. (Associated Press)

A hacker has hit the University Of California journalism school’s Web site (Associated Press)

Islamic hackers block a Web site in Kosovo. (Associated Press)

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Media Briefing for Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Online attacks silenced Twitter for much of the day. (New York Times)

The Twitter attack is a national security issue. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Twitter attack places millions on hold. (San Francisco Chronicle)

It takes time to fully restore full Twitter service. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The fact that Twitter is down is news. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The mayor of Portland, Oregon turns to Twitter to gauge public opinion on horse-drawn carriages. (Associated Press)

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. will start charging fees to look at news articles on its newspaper sites starting in 2010. (Associated Press)

The New York Times says it is in no hurry to sell the Boston Globe. (Boston Globe)

Price is not the only consideration for the New York Times in any sale of the Boston Globe. (Boston Globe)

Even though the Tribune Co. is bankrupt there are still bonuses for executices, and the unions and bankruptcy trustee are critical. (Los Angeles Times)

Good cable TV shows are being lost in confusing scheduling. (Houston Chronicle)

Cisco sees profit plunge but CEO sees glimmers of recovery. (San Jose Mercury News)

Ken Burns’ next PBS special focuses on the National Parks of the United States. (San Francisco Chronicle)

In Boston, the safer sex campaign is making use of peers on Facebook, YouTube and cable. (Boston Globe)

Despite the reported “truce,” O’Reilly and Olbermann are still fighting. (Washington Post)

CBS sees Q2 profit decline but foresees recovery. (Associated Press)

Google is selling its underperforming radio sales division. (Associated Press) (Tech Crunch)

Trinity Broadcasting Network, the nation’s largest Christian television network, is investing $1 million in a new Brookfield, Wisconsin production studio for its National Minority Television division. In New York the Trinity station is WTBY channel 54 Poughkeepsie. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

A radio spot aims at raising awareness of baby shaking syndrome. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

There are more layoffs at Clear Channel radio stations. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

TV networks cut upfront ad rates, but sales still fall. (Los Angeles Times)

Digital data copuld result in billions in ad revenues shifting from broadcast to cable TV. (Media Daily News)

More ads are coming to TV, even to places the viewer might not expect. (Associated Press)

CBS blasts Leno and all things NBC. (Denver Post)

Jay Leno says his new show is not here to save NBC. (Los Angeles Times)

Jay Leno discusses his new 10 p.m. NBC show. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

Sirius XM satellite radio registers $157 million loss in Q2. (Associated Press) (Reuters)

This Week on ABC is # 1 for the first time in 10 years, beating NBC’s Meet The Press. (TV Newser)

Imus loses a morning show staffer and possibly the RFD TV simulcast. (Newsday)

Viziolooks to turn television into a major Internet platform.
(San Francisco Chronicle)

Comcast’s Q2 profit soars 53%. (Associated Press)

In Saudi Arabia, a man is detained after making alleged comments about sex on TV. (Associated Press)

A court accuses a pro-Hugo Chavez activist in an attack on an anti-Chavez TV station in Venezuela. (Associated Press)

On the anniversary of their war, Russia and Georgia are vying in the media. (Associated Press)

Epix, the new pay cable TV channel, will show the Samuel Goldwyn movies. (Associated Press)

Charles Perez has been fired from Miami ABC affiliate WPLG channel 10 after filing charges of anti-gay treatment. Previously he had been an anchor and reportyer at New York’s WABC-TV channel 7, and in 1995 launched his own nationally syndicated TV talk show aimed at younger democraphics. (Miami Herald)

Barack Obama is depicted as “the joker” in a poster opposing Obama’s policies. The depiction has been the talk of the blogosphere. (Washington Post)

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Media Briefing for Thursday, August 6, 2009

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

The U.S. government weighs the risk of harm to civilians in cyber-warfare. (New York Times)

Wikipedia may be a font of facts, but it’s a desert for photographs. (New York Times)

Ken Burns of PBS, Charles Osgood of CBS, and Chris Rohrs of TVB are being honored October 1 as Giants Of Broadcasting by the Library of American Broadcasting. (TV Newser)

Mister Rogers has a whole new neighborhood – on the Web, on Fablevision. . (Boston Globe)

Free municipal wireless sounds like a great idea for Boston or San Francisco or Long Island, or any city or region that has already invested heavily in high-tech infrastructure. Too bad there’s no more money to pay for the last link of the chain. What went wrong? (Boston Globe)

Media Cloud.org tracks the shelf life of news stories in the media. (New York Times)

Two groups have submitted preliminary plan s to purchase and save the Boston Globe. (Boston Globe)

Carl-Henric Svanberg leaves Swidish telcom giant Ericsson to become chairman of British Petroleum. He speaks about Ericsson which among other things nasnages cellphone companies worldwide. (Boston Globe)

A court ruling in the U.K. has made it easier for a hacker’s extradition to the U.S., who American prosecutors say ius a cyber-terrorist. (New York Times)

Currently, most of the online world is based on trhe idea that consumers browse Web sites for free, and in return they give up data – which the sites use to aim their advertisements. The new head of the Federal Bureau of Consumer Protection says privacy policies have become useless, calling some online tracking “Orwellian.” (New York Times)

Gawkers blogs – for a time – are silenced by hackers. (New York Times)

Twitter is shut down for 2 hours by cyber attackers. (paidContent)

Twitter is shut down, and Facebookj is also slowed down in a cyber-attack. (Associated Press)

A Washington Post reporter says Gawker ripped off his story, and that this is nothing he can do about it, but that this phenomenon is destroying journalism. (Washington Post)

Sony is cytting e-book prices and offers to new readers. (New York Times)

It seems John Quincy Adams was way ahead of his time: his diary entries look like Tweets. (Associated Press)

Charlie Rose’s interview program will continue on PBS, but will additionally be seen on Bloomberg TV. (New York Times)

The Community Broadcasters Association – the trade group of LPTV stations – has closed. LPTV stations offer a wide variety of formats from local c0mnmunity programming such as that of WVVE channel 50 East Hampton, Long Island, to ethnic programming in New York City, to a major network programming in Binghamton. (TV News Check)

Both Hillary and Bill Clinton played roles in the release of 2 Current TV journalists from North Korea. (New York Tines)

Certain weak signal AM stations are being allowed to have FM translators to improve their signals and extend hours. One example is 250-watt daytime only Warwick, orange County, New York station WTBQ 1110, now broadcasting on an FM translator station as well, at 99.1. (Radio World)

John W. Kiermaier, who steered Thirteen/WNET, the New York area’s major public television station, through precarious financial times in the 1960s, died July 27 in Norwalk, Connecticut. He was 87 and had lived in Westport, Connecticut, until two years ago. He said channel 13, known as WNDT until 1970, came perilously close to the wire (New York Times)

The National Associated of Black journalists is meeting this week in Tampa, Florida. (Saint Petersburg Times)

Charles Perez is suing Miami ABC affiliate WPLG channel 10, saying he was demoted there because he is too gay on the air. He previously was an anchor and reporter at WABC-TV channel 7 New York and in 1995 had a nationally syndicated TV talk show. (Miami Herald)

Dan Rather is suing CBS CEO Les Moonves and former news chief Andrew Heywood, as part of his on-going legal battle with CBS. (Reuters)

Is Lou Dobbs challenging his own network? (Associated Press)

Luke Russert – son of Tim Russert – speaks. (Mediaite)

Broadcasting & Cable magazine – which began in 1931 as Broadcasting magazine – founded by former AP reporter Sol Taischoff – is for sale. Trade magazine Broadcasting & Cable is on the block, as parent Reed Elsevier says that it will sell off some of its American trade portfolio. The company will retain Variety, but will sell cable trade Multichannel News and Publishers Weekly as well as B&C, the pioneering trade for the broadcasting industry that has concentrated on television and regulation in recent decades. In addition, CEO Tad Smith is exiting the company, with CFO John Poulin appointed acting CEO. (All Access)

Local news comes to YouTube, via New York One and many others. (New York Times)

For the first time, in 8 years PBS gets full funding from the federal government. (Los Angeles Times)

Scott Lakefield gets promoted to program director of New York city 50,000 watt AM clear channel radio station WOR 710. (DCRTV)

On Long Island, there is a reunion of alumni of WHLI 1100 Hempstead and WKJY 98.3 Hempstead. This is Sunday, October 25 at 12 Noon. WHLI and WKJY both came on the air in 1947, 62 years ago. WHLI-AM has a strong signal over southern Connecticut and the entire Jersey shore, as well as Long Island. It comes in quite clearly all day in Bermuda, nearly 800 miles to the south/southeast of Long Island in the Atlantic Ocean.

Cablevision is selling off Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. (New York Times)

Ottawa, Ontario area viewers are getting to keep the signal and programming of WPBS-TV channel 16 Watertown, New York, after the threat it would be taken off the cable menu there is eliminated. (Ottawa Citizen)

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Media Briefing for Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Online video is more popular than Facebook. (San Francisco Chronicle)

North Korea aims to show the dark side of the South. (Associated Press)

China is banning online violent games. (Associated Press)

A Dutch court has ruled that the Pirate Bay Web site must quit the Netherlands in 10 days. (Associated Press)

Turks censor YouTube censorship. (Associated Press)

ABC is expanding its medical coverage and has hired a Center for Disease Control doctor. (Associated Press)

The iPhone is vulnerable to a text message attack, according to an expert. (San Francisco Chronicle)

IBquity says sales are strong for the HD portable FM radio. (Radio World)

There is a generation gap between younger gays who are confident and in some cases expectant, and older gays who recall the bitter struggles and repression. (New York)

A new agreement puts Milwaukee Fox affilaite WITI channel 6 weather and news on the Clear Channel radio stations in the Milwaukee market. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Sarah Palin hopes to have a politicval broadcast show. (Broadcasting & Cable)

The CEO of Microsoft says the Microsoft – Yahoo deal is being misunderstood. (New York Times) (San Jose Mercury News) (Associated Press) The Yahoo CEO is bewildered. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Microsoft battle with Google over search. (Los Angeles Times)

Yahoo comes full circle with its retreat from search. (Associated Press)

Does the Microsoft – Yahoo deal feel too timid? (San Jose Mercury News)

Ken Burns, Chris Rohrs and Katie Couric are among those being honored as Giants Of Broaqdcasting in Manhattan’s Grand Hyatte Hotel October 1. (TV Newser)

Ads follow Web usage, and get deeply personal. (New York Times)

Cablevision is selling Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, both in Manhattan. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

Frustrated mass transit commuters turn to Twitter to find the reasons for the delays. (San Jose Mercury News)

From D.C. all the way to your TV: the federal health care bill TV ad blitz. (Boiston Globe)

A Washington, D.C. bus driver accused of speaking on the cellular telephone while driving, is under investigation and may be terminated if found guilty. (Washington Post)

Glenn Beck of the Fox News Channel argues that Barack Obama is a racist. (Politico)

The bad economy is not hitting Time Warner’s HBO. (Los Angeles Times)

Not guilty pleas were entered in slaying of Oakland, California journalist. (San Francisco Chronicle)

AOL is once again getting an adjustment ijn its name. (Associated Press)

Alabama’s state ban of a nude picture on the label of a wine bottle, is a strong marketing tool, as it turns out. (Associated Press)

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Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Media Briefing for Thursday, July 23, 2009

From the 1941 issue of Broadcasting Yearbook, page 312:
CHILDREN’S PROGRAM POLICIES OF CBS

“CBS has no thought of setting itself up as an arbiter of what is proper for the children to hear; but it does have an editorial responsibility to the community, in the interpretation of public wish and sentiment, which cannot be waived. In accordance with this responsibility CBS lists some specific themes and dramatic treatments which are not to be permitted in broadcasts for the children:

- Respect for parents and proper legitimate authority
- The exalting as modern heroes of gangsters, criminals and racketeers will not be allowed
- Cruelty, greed and selfishness must not be presented as worthy motivations – Programs that arouse harmful nervous reactions in the child must not be presented – Conceit, smugness, or an unwarranted sense of superiority over others less fortunate may not be presented as laudable
- Recklessness and abandon must not be falsely identified with a healthy spirit of adventure
- Unfair exploitation of others for personal gain must not be made praiseworthy
- Dishonesty and deceit are not to be made appealing or attractive to the child.”

The V-chip and other technology to help parents monitor their children’s media consumption is a better option than new government rules, according to new FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. “We need a landscape that respects and honors the First Amendment,” he said. “These are issues people have been fighting over for a while. (The Wrap)

The Spanish language TV service V-Me is sharing some morning children’s programming with NYC TV. (New York Daily News)

In a National Symphony Orchestra performance, Beethoven meets Twitter. (Washington Post)

Shepard Smith is rating high on the Fox News Channel on cable TV. (Boston Globe)

How do you turn Walter Cronkite into a supporter of gay rights? You “zap” him. (Washington Post)

Some U.S. senators want a federal ban on texting while driving a vehicle. (New York Times)

About 100 Associated Press employees in news, technology nd business units have accepted a voluntay buyout, according to the news cooperative, which said the deadline for taking the offer was Monday. Among those leaving the company through the early retirement program were longtime reporter Richard Pyle and Senior White House Photographer Ron Edmonds. (Editor & Publisher)

The National Association of Broadcasters is seeking television and radio success stories for its Web site. (Radio
Ink)

For 80 years Vatican Radio ran with no advertisements, but now is seeking and running ads. (Los Angeles Times)

There are more women journalists and fewer minority journalists. (TV News Check)

Friday of this week is the final day to get a DTV converter coupon. (Television Broadcast)

The new CEO of TiVo, who comes from NBC, says TiVo is the TV broadcasters’ friend, not its enemy. (TV News Check)

Blip.tv is bringing programs to YouTube. (Advertising Age)

The Rev. Ike, the radio preacher who proclaimed the gospel of economic prospertity, has passed away. His radio show was heard across the nation including on 50,000 watt clear channel AM stations such as WWVA 1170 Wheeling, West Virginia, which covers the northeast and eastern Canada. (New York Times)

An officer in the Boston Police Department was suspended for allegedly writing a racially charged e-mail about Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. to colleagues at the National Guard, a law enforcement official said. Mayor Thomas M. Menino compared the officer to a cancer and said he is “gone, g-o-n-e” from the force. The law enfoircement said the accused officer referred to the black scholar as a “jungle monkey.” (Boston Globe)

A senior U.S. lawmaker said that it may be time for the government to regulate companies that provide online file-sharing services after a number of people managed to access FBI files, medical records and Social Security numbers. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns of New York City said during a hearing on the safety of peer-to-peer software that he is astonished at privacy breaches involving LimeWire, operated by the Lime Group.Using LimeWire, people have been able to access FBI files, medical records, Social Security numbers and even a file containing information about a safe house location for President Barack Obama and his family, Congressman Towns said. (Reuters)

TMZ.com gets there first on another breaking news development in the Michael Jackson saga. (Washington Post)

A Mexican radio journalist has been found slain in Acapulco, Mexico. (Associated Press)

The Democratic Republic Of Congo has suspended a Radio France International frequency in the central African nation. (Reuters)

Glenn Beck of the Fox News Channel says he believes Barack Obama is a racist. (Associated Press)

Sprint Nextel posts a wider Q2 loss in 2009, and its stock shares skid. (Associated Press) (New York Times)

Sprint Nexgtel buys Virgin Mobile for $420 million. (Bloomberg News)

Washington, D.C. talk radio station WMAL 630 may start simulcasting on FM on 105.9. This is an increasing trend. News and talk stations that either moved to FM or are simulcasting on FM include KIRO Seattle, KCBS San Francisco, KSL Salt Lake City, KTAR Phoenix, WWL New Orleans, and WTOP Washington. Since moving from clear channel 1500 AM to 103.5 FM, WTOP’s ratings have soared, especially among younger listeners. <a href=http://www.dcrtv.com< (DCRTV)

Sirius XM satellite radio is honoring the Three Stooges. (New York Daily News)

Google’s big plan for books. (New York Times)

In search, Microsoft’s gain is not Google’s loss. (Associated Press)

The new agreement between Microsoft and Yahoo is about fighting Google, but Microsoft nor Yahoo want to mention Google. (New York Times) (San Jose Mercury News)

The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey is on the air. There is a link for the WSOU FM HD2 stream on the home page for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. (It’s not on the WSOU 89.5 FM Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey web site.)
Scroll about half way down the page and the link for WSOU HD 2 is on the left. (Archdiocese Of Newark) In Connecticut, the Hartford Archdiocese has operated since 1976 a 9,000 watt FM station, WJMJ 88.9. Many Catholic colleges have their own FM stations such as Seton Hall, Fordham, Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, WVCR 88.3 at Siena College near Albany (which calls itself The Saint, and many others, but very few stations are operated by archdioceses or dioceses. In the 1970s, WMRY 101.1 Saint Louis, Missouri was operated by a Catholic religious order at a shrine there, but was later sold off. The call letters had stood for the Holy Blessed Virgin Mary.

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Media Briefing for Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday, July 24th, 2009

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
href=http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/23/opinion/23thu3.html?ref=technology> (New York Times)

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)

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Media Briefing for Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Walter Cronkite was the last of a broadcast breed.
(Washington Post)

That’s The Way It Was, an hourlong CBS News special honoring Walter
Cronkite, delivered network television’s largest audience in prime time on
Sunday, as 7.4 million viewers tuned in. (New York Times)

The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric will retain the voice of Walter
cronkite. (New York Times)

Walter Cronkite’s signature was approachable authority. (New York Times)

Is public radio dangerously close to making public radio obsolete?
(mocoNews)

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcasts mark 80 years on the air. <a
href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/07/20/national/a115020D33.DTL>
(Associated Press)

The irksome cellphone industry.
(New York Times)

Windows 7 has reached desperate PC makers. (New York Times)

Who is ruling the mobile bands?
(New York Times)

AOL’s new CEO is daring to dream of a resurgent AOL. (New York Times)

Mom-and-pop businesses are turning to social networking to market themselves. (New York Times)

Amazon.com is trying the shoe retailer Zappos.com on for size. The companies announced on Wednesday that Amazon was acquiring Zappos, based in Henderson, Nev., for 10 million shares of Amazon stock, worth nearly $900 million at its current level. (Nw York Times)
(Associated Press)

Yahoo confirms that it has acquired Xoopit, a San Francisco start-up that helps people search e-mail, photos and videos in one place. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Apple’s profits top estimates.
(Bloomberg News)

A Chinese worker committed suicide over a missing iPhone, prompting Apple to issue a special statement. (Associated Press) (PC World)

A California man has pleaded guilty to uploading a pirated copy of the movie Slumdog Millionaire onto the Internet.
(Associated Press)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revamped its Web site. (Associated Press)

Yahoo has “jazzed” up its home page.
(Associated Press)

Two more Web sites dedicated to social networking went offline in China on Tuesday amid tightening controls that have blocked Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites that offered many Chinese a rare taste of free expression. (Associated Press)

The identity of the cyber attacker who attacked Web sites in the U.S. and South Korea still remains a mystery. (Associated Press)

North Korea TV has aired a new documentary about its communist leader. (Associated Press)

The South Carolina attorney general who threatened to prosecute Craigslist for prostitution-related ads now wants a federal judge to dismiss the company’s complaint against him, according to court papers. (Associated Press)

A study says Americans’ Internet wireless usage is going up.
(Associated Press)

A report says a shortage of cyber experts may hinder the U.S. government. (Associated Press)

Corporate secrecy is under the microscope after the recent Twitter leaks. (San Jose Mercury News)

Intel is appealing its $1.45 billion European antitrust fine. (San
Jose Mercury News)

Microsoft has ended a proposal deal with CIT Group, the financial lender. (Bloomberg News)

The CEO of Disney says it is a possibility that Hulu.com could start charging customers. <a
href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/07/22/financial/f170255D51.DTL> (Associated Press)

A judge handling one of Venezuela’s most politically charged cases said Monday that she was fired after complaining about pressure to rule against an opponent of President Hugo Chavez. Alicia Torres said she received notification from the Supreme Court that her appointment as a judge had been revoked. She did not provide details, but she called her removal illegal and vowed to challenge the move. <a
href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/07/17/international/i152040D47.DTL> (Associated Press)

Hugo Chavez is reported to be considering handing over hundreds of Venezuela’s radio stations to people who share his political vision. <a
href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/07/21/international/i181620D46.DTL> (Associated Press)

PBS’s chief content officer, John Boland, is leaving his post after just three years to return to Northern California, citing a desire to return to
working at a local level. His departure, which has been rumored for several weeks, was announced internally by Paula Kerger, PBS’s president and chief executive, who said Mr. Boland was expected to leave by the end of the year. He is departing at an awkward time, as public broadcasting’s news and public affairs producers are in the midst of hammering out a project, pushed by Mr. Boland, to collaborate on distributing and marketing their programming. (New York Times)

Media Briefing for Friday, July 17, 2009

Monday, 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)

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Media Briefing for Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

The coverage area of New York City’s only fulltime classical music FM radio station is about to get smaller. The New York Times is receiving $45 million in a complicated deal, in which all-Spanish radio station WCAA, now at 105.9 FM, will take opver WQXR’s strong 96.3 spot on the dial. WQXR in turn will be moved to 105.9, where it will be about one-third as strong, and will be blocked in eastern and northern Fairfield County and New Haven County, Connecticut and in Suffolk County, Long Island by WHCN transmitting on 105.9 from West Peak in Meriden, Connecticut and by WBLI 106.1 transmitting from Selden, long Island. WQXR will be operated by New York City NPR station WNYC AM-FM. (New York Times)

The corporate owner of an institution in Boston radio, WBCN 104.1, one of the nation’s first and leading rock stations, is pulling the plug. (Boston Globe) (Boston Phoenix)

WBCN’s history is captured in photographs. (Boston Phoenix) (Boston Globe) Memories are offered by listeners. (Boston Globe) The big mattress was one of the most memorable of WBCN features. (Boston Herald) WBCN launched many star dj’s. (Boston Herald)

Eighteen years after the progressive rock format on WBCN began, in 1986, it was still the station on top in Boston. (Boston Globe)

Boston, which already has 3 all sports AM stations – WEEI 850, WAMG 890 and WWZN 1510 – is getting an all sports FM station with the elimination of WBCN. (Boston Globe) (Boston Herald)

Bob Woodruff, the ABC television reporter seriously injured in a bomb explosion In Iraq in 2006, is returning to Iraq. (New York Times)

Online startups are providing hyperlocal news without the paper and with tiny staffs and budgets. (Boston Globe)

If WiFi coverage in a larger residence is spotty, the user can use the power lines that transport electricity through the house to also provide strong WiFi coverage. (Boston Globe)

Google and Microsoft have been sparring with eachother for years. Now, the gloves have come off in a digital faceoff. (Boston Globe)

Google is wooing advertisers, promoting itself and its Internet expertise, pitching itself as an ad agency ally. (Boston Globe)

Microsoft is offering a Web-based version of office. <a href=http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2009/07/14/with_eye_on_google_microsoft_offering_web_version_of_office (Boston Globe) (Associated Press)

For 30 years Dr. Timothy Johnson has been giving viewers the latest news and trends in medicine on Boston ABC affiliate WCVB chanel 5. (Boston Globe)

Next week, NBC introduces a new series called The Wanted, focusing on terrorists and war criminals still at large. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

As the publishing industry struggles, the Harvard Business Review is reorganizing itself. (Boston Globe)

The U.S. is working to digitize health records for all. (Boston Globe)

The debate over publishing stolen Twitter documents is on. (New York Times) A hacker has exposed private Twitter documents. (New York Times) (San Francisco Chronicle)

Microsoft’s new search engine Bing has gotten a modest lift in its first month, but not as much as some analysts expected. (New York Times)

The Palestinian government shut down the West Bank operations of the Arabic satellite channel Al-Jazeera on Wednesday, a day after a guest on the station accused the Palestinian president of involvement in Yasser Arafat’s death. <a href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/07/15/MN9R18P8I8.DTL#ixzz0LOtHUFTZ (Associated Press)

With the on-going economic downturn, 88% of Internet users are looking for financial information. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Facebook has reached another milestone: it has 250 million users. (Computerworld)

No topic is more hotly debated in book and literary circles these days that e-books. (New York Times)

Lifestyle Lift, a cosmetic surgery company, has reached a settlement with the State of New York over its attempts to fake positive consumer reviews on the Web, the New York attorney general’s office said Tuesday. The company had ordered employees to pretend they were satisfied customers and write glowing reviews of its face-lift procedure on Web sites, according to the attorney general’s statement. Lifestyle Lift also created its own sites of face-lift reviews to appear as independent sources. One e-mail message, discovered by the attorney general’s office, told employees to devote the day to doing more postings on the Web as a satisfied client. (New York Times)

The states are seeking to jam prisoner cellphone airwaves. (New York Times) The proposal is opposed by copnsumer groups. (Bloomberg News)

In the U.K., the BBC is resisting pressure to give some of its radio and TV license fees to other broadcasters. (New York Times)

The Lithuanian government has enacted a law that any information about gays — including in the media — be kept away from the children. (Associated Press)

A forecaster says the worst is over for advertising in the U.S. (Associated Press)

New Google maps display celebrities’ favorite places. (Associated Press)

At a bankruptcy auction, San Francisco My Network TV affiliate KRON-TV channel 4 failed to sell. (Associated Press)

The Sinclair group of TV stations faces possible bankruptcy. (Los Angeles Times) (Baltimore Sun) (Associated Press)

New Vision Television, which owns 26 TV stations from Honolulu, Hawaii to Portland, Oregon to the state of Georgia, is filing a “pre-arranged consensual bankruptcy proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court.” (PR Newswire)

ABC denies paying for an interview with Michael Jackson’s father Joe. (Los Angeles Times)

The Washington Post has launched an Afghanistan battle blog.

Casey Kasem is leaving the American Top 20 weekly radio show. (Miami Herald) (New York Times)

Milwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ-TV channel 4 is broadcasting its audio on its sister FM station WLWK 94.5′s subcarrier for HD FM radio listeners. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Because TV channel 6 ends where the FM radio band begins, FM listeners including in the automobile had been able to listen to the audio of a channel 6 television station if there was one in the area. That came to an end on June 12 when U.S. TV stations switched from analog to digital telecasting. But in the Albany-Schenectady market, FM listeners can once again tune in the audio of CBS affiliate WRGB channel 6, with a new special transmitter at 87.9, just agt the start of the FM band. (Albany Times Union)

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