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Media Briefing for Friday, July 17, 2009

staff | July 20th, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Briefing for Thursday, July 16, 2009

staff | 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)

Media Briefing for Friday, July 10, 2009

staff | July 10th, 2009

Cyberattacks on government and commercial Websites in the U.S. and South Korea continue. (New York Times)

Seven South Korean Web sites were attacked. (Associated Press)

Experts are working to untangle the cyberattacks. (Associated Press)

In the cyberattacks, possible U.S. responses are limited. (Associated Press)

How a denial-of-service attack works. (Associated Press)

Facebook members can now broadcast live streaming video. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Average salaries for television and radio newspersons are down from the previous year. (All Access) (scroll down)

PBS and C-SPAN are providing full coverage of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Judge Soria Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Broadcasting & Cable) (New York Observer)

New York state attorney general Andrew Cuomo has sued Tagged.com, alleging that Tagged, a social networking site, been deceptively trying to get users to sign up by tapping into the address books of their friends. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

Google is threatening to displace Microsoft Windows on consumer PCs. But new software tools also make the operating system far less important to big data centers and software developers. (New York Times)

Google’s CEO says Google’s new operation system changes the game. (Associated Press)

Sprint Nextel continues to lose cellular telephone customers. Now, Sprint Nextel announced that it would transfer operation of its networks to Ericsson in order to cut spending and stem continued declines in subscribers to its cellphone services. (New York Times)

The use of a term for oral sex performed on a man was the headline in the Washington City Paper involving a story about Mayor Marion Barry, and the use of the language has set off a firestorm. (Washington Post)

Widespread staff cuts may be in the offing at the news department of Washington NBC station WARC channel 4. (Washington Post)

A new report says the ad collapse in television, radio and magazines isn’t a passing dip, but a permanent drop. (Forbes)

A publishing group wants to change the copyright law to help newspapers. (Daily Finance)

Rupert Murdoch won’t buy Twitter and won’t sell MySpace. (Reuters)

YouTube is now looking to master long-form content. Currently most videos are limited to 10 minutes on YouTube. (Broadcasting & Cable)

In California, some TV stations, including Los Angeles’ KTLA channel 5 and KABC-TV channel 7, are declining to show ads supporting a bill in the state legislature to legalize marijuana. (Los Angeles Times)

Venezuela is stepping up control of television and radio. (Reuters)

Venezuela has announced new rules governing cable TV, while revoking the licenses of more than 200 radio stations. (Associated Press)

The two U.S. journalists from Al Gore’s Current TV convicted in North Korea of spying, are being held in a guest hosue for now. (Associated Press)

The two Current TV journalsits being held in North Korea are asking for a pardon. (Associated Press)

A vigil was held at San Francisco City Hall in support of the two Current TV journalists being held in North Korea. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Annapolis MD-based The Sailing Channel gets its “Sailing Channel Theater” program picked up by NYC area PBS station WLIW21. The half-hour series features “classic and critically-acclaimed films that capture the magic and adventure of sailing.” Episodes stream online at TheSailingChannel.tv (DCRTV)

The International Olympic Committee chastised U.S. Olympic officials for “unilaterally” launching their own television network, warning the project could jeopardize relations with Olympic broadcaster NBC. The IOC accused the U.S. Olympic Committee of acting hastily by announcing plans Wednesday for the “U.S. Olympic Network,” which is scheduled to go on air next year after the Vancouver Winter Games with Comcast as broadcast partner. (Associated Press)

The tricks of the trade of Britain’s rambunctious tabloid press came under scrutiny, after a newspaper reported that a tabloid owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch had illegally hacked into the mobile phones of hundreds of celebrities and politicians. (Associated Press)

The Los Angeles Police Deaprtment’s interactive crime map is full of errors, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis. (Los Angeles Times) (Associated Press)

A replica Statue of Liberty stolen from a New York City coffee shop has apparently turned up in a video that shows it blindfolded, beheaded and smashed to pieces. (Associated Press)

The New York Times has found some of the photographs in this Sunday’s magazine were manipulated digitally. (New York Times)

The city of Los Angeles has set up a Web site for Michael Jackson donations. (Associated Press)

Hewlett Packard has introduced a printer that connects to the Web. (San Francisco Chronicle)

TiVo strikes a deal with Best Buy. (San Jose Mercury News)

Top media executives wonder how Twitter will make money. (Associated Press)

Microsoft appoints a new head of Windows. (Seattle Times)

In Seattle, a Web site focused on investigative journalism has been launched. (Seattle Times)

Media Briefing for Thursday, July 9, 2009

staff | July 9th, 2009

Cyberattacks have hit U.S. and South Korean Web sites. (New York Times) (Washington Post) (Reuters) (Associated Press)

Federal Websites were knocked out in a cyberattack. (Associated Press)

Here is a lsit of some recent cyberattacks. (Associated Press)

Facebook users are getting older. (San Francisco Chronicle)t

Microsoft’s new Bing service often goes Google one better. (New York Times)

In Chrome, a real rival to Microsoft’s Windows. (New York Times) (Los Angeles Times) (San Jose Mercury News) (San Francisco Chronicle) (Bloomberg News) (Associated Press)

Google’s Chrome could give a big boost to Netbooks. (Los Angeles Times)

Google is planning a PC operating system. (New York Times)

Would you iss Windows with a Google operating system? (New York Times)

Does being free cheapen Google’s brand? (New York Times)

Consumers could pay for Google’s power. (Los Angeles Times)

Twitter talk probably wasn’t to Twitter cofounder’s liking. (Los Angeles Times)

Why Hulu succeeded where others failed. (New York Times)

Sending GPS devices the way of the 8-track tape deck. (New York Times)

A key U.S. senator wants an investigation of the cellular telephone industry. (Washington Post)

Before Bruno: a brief history of gay characters on TV and in the movies. (New York Daily News)

Google and YouTube have won dismissal of some damage claims. (Reuters)

Blowout ratings for the Michael Jackson farewell, online and off. (New York Times)

Michael Jackson’s memorial was the second most-watched ever, behind that of Princess Diana in 1997. (New York Daily News).

Over 31 million watched the Michael Jackson memorial. (Associated Press)

Coverage of the Michael Jackson service was mostly commercial-free. (Advertising Age)

Michael Jackson’s memorial saturates the new media. (Denver Post)

The TV networks devoted more than 20 times the time to Michael Jackson’s death, than to the deaths of 7 American servicemen in Afghanistan. (Media Research Center)

How New York City’s urban-oriented FM radio stations covered the Michael Jackson Memorial. (New York Daily News)

Can there be another Michael Jackson icon in the Internet era? (Reuters)

Buffalo public FM and TV stations WNED-FM 94.5 and WNED-TV channel 17 are honoring a benefactor who left them $1.4 million, the largest single donation in the station’s history. (Buffalo News)

The Casey Kasem we know was the creation of the baby boom. (New York Times) (Miami Herald)

A key U.S. senator wants an investigation of the cellular telephone industry. (Washington Post)

The U.S. Justice Department is questioning whether mobile operators are anti-competitive. (paidContent)

Gmail and other Google apps no longer have Beta status. (Washington Post)

In compiling its listing of most important journalists, Mediaite relies on the celebrity of journalism. (Washington Post)

Online radio has struck a big deal in music royalty fees. (Associated Press) (paidContent) (San Francisco Chronicle)

In Afghanistan, radio disc jockeys play tunes abd break hearts in Taliban country. (Reuters)

Al Franken is transformed from comedian to politician. (Associated Press) Democrats wave Franken as a “trophy.” (Associated Press)

Iran says that it has released a Greek journalist covering Iran’s disputed presidential election for the Washington Times. (Reuters)

With digital TV, stations weigh better quality pictures with supplemental programming channels. (Broadcasting & Cable)

News and entertainment collide on TMZ. (Houston Chronicle)

Data Domain is being acquired by storage giant EMC. (San Jose Mercury News)

Does Michael Phelps’ continued appearance in national TV ads shows a growing cultural acceptance of marijuana? (Los Angeles Times)

In the auctioning of the Young Broadcasting TV stations – including Albany ABC affiliate WTEN channel 10 and San Francvisco My Network TV affiliate KRON channel 4 – there are three suitors. (TV Newsday)

Some Chicago area television viewers are still in the dark in the wake of the DTV transition. (Chicago Sun Times)

The transition to digital TV brought more than 600,000 new subscribers to cable, satellite and telcom TV service. (Multichannel News)

Avis is experimenting with in-car TV in Orlando. (Orlando Sentinel)

iBquity Digital is pushing for a major power increase for digital side-channel transmissions of FM stations. The digital subchannels offer alternative formats, such as country and western music on WKTU 103.5 New York and WALK-FM 97.5 Patchogue, Long Island, and a gay format on WKSS 95.7 Connecticut and WYYY 94.5 Syracuse. (Radio World)

China is trying a new openness with foreign media. (Associated Press)

Barack Obama’s speech in Moscow televised on Russian TV was not widely seen there. (Associated Press)

The TV ad war over health care overhaul has begun. (Associated Press)

A Hamas TV cartoon mocks a captured Israeli soldier. (Associated Press)

Media Briefing for Monday, July 6, 2009

staff | July 6th, 2009

For Barack Obama’s visit to Moscow, Russian TV is muting rants at United States. (New York Times)

Barack Obama and the TV networks have a symbiotic relationship. (Associated Press)

Many churches are trying to embrace social networking media. (New York Times)

Customers unhappy with service often get surprisingly quick response with the social network Tweet. (New York Times)

Staying interactive with viewers at Boston ABC affiliate WCVB channel 5 is ikey. (Boston Globe)

Spinning the Web – public relations in and for Silicon Valley. (New York Times)

How much did Michael Jackson rock the Web? (New York Times)

The Walkman is 30. (New York Times)

The rise of Web video – beyond 2 minute clips. (New York Times)

The Washington Post apologizes, for seeming to sell access. (New York Times) (Washington Post) (Politico)

Andy Warhol’s portrait of Michael Jackson from 1984 is up for auction in East Hampton, Long Island. (New York Daily News)

Maryland prison officials are seeking authorization to jam the signals of inmates’ cellular telephones. (Washington Post)

U.S. government guidelines to spend $4 billion to expand broadband access to underserved areas across the United States may go beyond current laws, a broadband industry group says. (Reuters)

Did Sarah Palin get tired of the full-court press? (Washington Post)

Meet The Press remains # 1 but its margin is narrowing. (TV Newser)

The ratings of Bob Schieffer’s Face The Nation on CBS are rising. (Washington Whispers)

In New York, Fox-owned WWOR channel 9 is cutting its evening newscast in half, and eliminating weekend news. (New York Daily News)

The FCC is being asked to ban the word midget. (Associated Press)

A portrait of Michael Jackson from 1984 by Andy Warhol is being auctioned off in East Hampton, Long Island. (New York Daily News)

Radio stations step up to battle the Radio Performance Act. (Los Angeles Times)

Some free speech is freer than other free speech, according to an HBO telecast. (New York Tinmes)

Lew Wiley, executive editor of PBS’s Frontline, is retiring. (TV Newser)

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs makes $172,000 a year. (White House.gov)

Michael Jackson’s music changed the complexion of black radio. (Washington Post)

With all the problems involving DTV, the FCC is now con sidering requiring a DTV after-action report. (Broadcasting & Cable)

With DTV here, some rural areas of Colorado no longer receive any TV channels. (Denver Post)

Coming: a surge in DVR ad skipping. (Media Life)

Study: TV ads more effective than Web ads. (Advertising Age)

The ad industry has tightened standards for tracking Web surfers. (New York Times)

Debt heavy Univision is surviving the punches – at least for now. In New York the Univison station is WXTV channel 41. (Los Angeles Times)

Free email programs are usually the best way to go. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York has set the “due diligence and bidding deadline” for companies interested in purchasing Young Broadcasting’s assets for Friday, July 10…the end of this week. Stations include Albany ABC affiliate WTEN channel 10. Young filed for bankruptcy on Feb. 13, listing $846,416,746.54 in secured and unsecured debt….and $1,625,801,970.71 in assets. The company has been ordered to sell its assets to pay its debt. If qualified bids are not received, an auction will be held Tuesday, July 14, at 10 a.m. The court will decide whether to break up the assets or sell the corporation as a single entity. The company owns 10 full-power and four low-power TV stations. Chairman Vincent Young is still hoping to save the corporation and emerge from the Chapter 11 process with new financing and a fresh start. In a letter to employees last Friday, he said, “We believe that there will be an active and robust process on July 14 resulting in the improved capital structure the Company needs to complete its restructuring.” Others aren’t so sure. In a credit-tight market, they believe the company is worth more in pieces. Insiders say Oak Hill Capital Partners, the private equity firm behind Local TV LLC, is aggressively pursuing KRON channel 4-MyTV in San Francisco (Market #6), which could become a lynch pin in the group’s rapid expansion. Local TV bought the nine-station New York Times group in 2007 for $575 million and eight stations from Fox for $1.1 billion in 2008. Silver Point Capital, a hedge fund specializing in takeovers of companies in financial distress, has also been buying up Young debt and could be a major player in next week’s proceedings. White Knight Broadcasting and Communication Corp were both rescued from bankruptcy in 2007 by Silver Point. Since then, news departments have been shuttered and staff has been laid off. KRON is considered Young’s most valuable property. It was bought in 2000 for a record $825 million but could bring as little as $90 million at auction. WKRN-channel 2-ABC in Nashville (Market #30), WTEN-channel 10-ABC in Albany, NY (Market #56), WRIC-channel 8-ABC in Richmond (Market #58), and WATE-channel 6-ABC in Knoxville (Market #59) are also seen as valuable assets. (Newsblues) (paid subscription)

Media Briefing for Thursday, July 2, 2009

staff | July 6th, 2009

Ken Burns of PBS, Katie Couric of CBS and Chris Rohrs of the Television Advertising Bureau are among those being honored as Giants Of Broadcasting in October. (TV Newsday)

Is Twitter the news outlet for the 21st century? (Associated Press)

Four girls who were sexually assaulted by men they first contacted on MySpace cannot seek damages from the social-networking Web site, which is protected from liability by federal law, a California state appeals court has ruled. (San Francisco Chronicle)

After an outcry, China delays its requirement for censoring software – to delete pornography and other items. (New York Times) (San Jose Mercury News) China’s backoff highlights the public’s role. (Associated Press)

The China state news agency is planning an English language TV service. (Associated Press)

Iranians are taking risks by uploading their dissent with the government and the election results. (Associated Press)

In an effort to fend off federal regulation, major trade groups in the advertising industry have announced stricter guidelines on how their members use and collect online data. href=http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/02/business/media/02adco.html?ref=business> (New York Times) (Associated Press)

As Sony struggles, the Sony Walkman hits 30 years of age. (Associated Press)

Celebrity news Website TMZ.com earns new respect in the wake of its scoop on Michael Jackson’s death. (Washington Post)

How TMZ gets scoops. (paidContent)

Do you want to let your friends — but not your boss — read about your weekend on Facebook? Soon you will be able to do just that. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

Microsoft’s new Bing search feature has won some share from Google. href=http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/07/01/technology/tech-us-microsoft-bing.html?ref=technology> (New York Times)

Sirius XM satellite radio CEO Mel Karmazin has gotten a pay hike. (Reuters)

Chase Carey’s return to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. pays off handsomely for himself. (Los Angeles Times)

Bing now shows some Twitter updates. (New York Times)

Google has dropped its news comment feature. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

Vibe is the latest magazine to succumb in this economic downturn. (paidContent)

Radio ads sponsored by religious groups are urging an overhaul of the nation’s health care system. (Associated Press)

Joost – a Hulu competitor – has reinvented itself again, pulling the plug on its Web video service. (Associated Press) (New York Times)

An online tool will track U.S. technology spending. href=http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/01/technology/01dashboard.html?ref=technology> (New York Times)

The buyer of Pirate Bay – a file sharing site – wants to go totally legal. (New York Times)

Money worries kill an A-list film at the last minute, perhaps the start of a trend. (New York Times)

CBS News – perhaps fittingly – has won the top Edward R. Murrow News Award. (New York Daily News)

Pro bono spots – public service announcements – are taking up more commercial time on TV, cable and radio. (New York Times)

Gannett is cutting 1,400 in a new round of cuts. (Associated Press)

Politico’s print version has helped make it profitable. (Vanity Fair)

Can the Washington Post make money in the Internet age? (Washingtonian)

Garrison Keillor of NPR’s Prairie Home Companion is featured on PBS’s American Masters. (New York Daily News) (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Congressman Edolphus Towns of New York City, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is voicing concern about use of Portable People Meter by Arbitron in gathering radio ratings, saying it undercounts minority listeners, and has launched a probe. (Washington Post) (Reuters)

Sprint is wiring itself for a comeback. (Washington Post)

Black reporters on the beat of covering Michelle Obama. (Washington Post)

The new military government in Honduras has clamped down on news media and on protesters. (Washington Post)

Jen Howard, who has been press director for media activist group Free Press, has joined the Federal Communications Commission as press secretary for newly-named Chairman Julius Genachowski, serving as his spokesperson and liaison with the press. (Broadcasting & Cable)

TV critics at newspapers are disappearing even though – in a 500-channel world – they are needed more than ever by the viewer. (Washington Post)

Are the lenders steering Clear Channel Communications – the nation’s largest radio station group – toward bankruptcy? (San Antonio Express-News)

The new owner of the Weekly Standard political magazine, Denver businessman Philip Anschutz, is profiled. (Forbes)

Comcast has pulled an ad about the GM bailout after its claims are challenged by GM. (Washington Post)

Ion Media is launching its digital broadcast “triple play” in New York City and in D.C. (Earth Times)

The Tribune Co. has made a national advertising deal with the Dallas Morning News. (Los Angeles Times)

Federal Trade Commission attempts to regulate blogging will fail. (San Jose Mercury News)

A new search engine uncovers and maps job openings. (IDG News Service)

The first steps top getting published. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Does the Wikipedia blackout of information about the 7-month kidnapping of a New York Times reporter raise questions about censorship? (San Francisco Chronicle)

Media Briefing for Friday, June 26, 2009

staff | June 26th, 2009

Michael Jackson was 50 years old. (Los Angeles Times)

Michael Jackson transcended boundaries. (Los Angeles Times)

Michael Jackson’s career was the first career of a great music pop star that was shaped by TV. (Los Angeles Times)

With people looking for news about Michael Jackson, some Web sites crashed. (New York Times)

Walter Cronkite is seriously ill, according to a family statement. href=http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/26/arts/television/26arts-CRONKITEISSE_BRF.html?_r=1&ref=television> (New York Times)

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate Meredith Attwell Baker for a Republican position on the five-person FCC. (TV Newsday)

The Senate has confirmed Julius Genachowski as head of the Federal Communications Commission and Robert McDowell for a second FCC term. (Associated Press)

The Chinese Health Ministry has ordered sharp restrictions on Internet access to medical research papers on sexual subjects. It is the latest move in what the ministry calls an antipornography campaign that many China experts see as a harbinger of a broader crackdown on freedom of expression and dissent. href=http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/26/world/asia/26china.html?ref=technology> (New York Times)

Senior U.S. officials are pressuring the Chinese government to shelve a proposed rule that would require all computers shipped in China to be equipped with Web-filtering software, citing concerns that the order may violate China’s commitments under the World Trade Organization. (Washington Post)

Google is welcoming new users to its voice service. (New York Times)

How to securely manage passwords. (New York Times)

Media Briefing for Friday, June 19, 2009

staff | June 22nd, 2009

With the DTV transition millions lose TV reception, but few complain. (Media Daily News)

In the DTV transition, VHF channels seem to be a particular problem for reception. href=http://www.tvnewsday.com/articles/2009/06/18/daily.5/> (TV Newsday)

The FCC is confident the DTV VHF channel problems can be resolved. href=http://www.multichannel.com/article/294830-FCC_Spokesman_VHF_Issues_Solvable.php> (Multichannel News)

Boston NBC affiliate WHDH channel 7 is experiencing signal and reception problems with DTV. href=http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2009/06/17/signal_glitch_weakens_whdh_tvs_digital_strength/> (Boston Globe)

Walter Cronkite is reported to be ill. (TV Newser)

In Iran, activists are using Twitter and other Web tricks as a way around the Iranian government’s censorship. (Boston Globe)

Radical Islamic groups are using the Web as a major tool. (Associated Press)

Facebook has surpassed MySpace in the U.S., growing 97% in the past year, while MySpace dropped by 5%. Twitter has also grown sharply. (eMarketer)

CBS News has revamped its CBSNews.com Web site. (Radio Business Report)

The Congressional Black Caucus wonders why there are not more people of color as guest pundits on the network and cable news channel political talk shows and interview programs. (Television Business Report)

Howard Stern radio sports sidekick and self-described homophobe Artie Lange is banned from HBO. (New York Post)

Shepard Smith gives the Fox News Channel an even-handed voice. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Glenn Beck says “I’m not a journalist. If I wanted to be a journalist, I would be Charlie Rose and bore the snot out of people and have fourteen people watching me.” On politics? “My personal belief is that the Republican Party itself is either dead or will soon be dead in the way it is understood.” (GQ)

Live At Five on New York’s WNBC channel 4 is ending a 30-year run, being replaced by LX, a fashion show. (New York Daily News)

Former CBS News president Andrew Heywood says broadcasters should “get the show biz out of the new biz.” (TV Newsday)

Tim Russert of NBC’s Meet The Press is dead for a full year, and is remembered by fellow TV journalists. (TV Newser) (Politico)

Internet video businesses started by Disney, NBC, AOL, HBO have not succeeded. (Los Angeles Times)

Broadcast executives are debating whether to charge for Hulu. (Media Daily News)

DVRs give some shows big ratings boosts. (USA Today)

The great disappearing TV theme song. (New York Daily News)

Facebook and Twitter help stations build audience. (Boston Globe)

Facebook now has a lobbyist in Washington. (Washington Post)

China is holding firm on its demand that all computers sold in China after July 1 be equipped with filters to pornography and other material can be cenbsored. (New York Times)

Members of Congress question how Facebook, Google and Yahoo use personal data. (New York Times)

Google has imnproved its book search feature. (New York Tinmes)

Apple’s upgrade servers have been overloaded by legions of iPhone users eager to get the latest version of the device’s software, which was publicly released Wednesday afternoon. (New York Times)

Philadelphia area PBS station WHYY-TV channel 12 – licensed to Delaware – is proposing to eliminate its nightly Delaware newscast, which dates back to 1963, and selling its Delaware studios. (Wilmington News Journal) A Delaware newscast will be offered on the Web by WHYY. (Wilmington News Journal)

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. may dissolve Fox Interactive, costing 300 their jobs. (Silicon Alley Insider)

Fox introduces Family Guy in an iPhone application. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Profit rises 33% for the maker of Blackberry. (New York Times)

The cofounder of Flickr has started a new Internet service, Hunch, which assists in decision-making. (San Jose Mercury News)

Major court award in music download case: music labels win $2 million award. (Minneapolis Star Tribune) (Bloomberg News)

There is a Mongolian language program on TV in Arlington, Virginia. (Washington Post)

ABC unveils reorganized operations. (Los Angeles Times)

The apprehension of 2 journalists from Al Gore’s Current TV put pressure on the strategies of the new media. (Associated Press)

FLO TV is now in operation in Boston, Miami, Houston and San Francisco, and is scheduled to begin service by the end of the year in 39 other martkets. (San Francisco Chronicle)

There are Web sites that lend a hand in moving. (Washington Post)

Greenpeace spoofs The International Herald Tribune and the Paris-based newspaper objects. (Associated Press)

A new map lets users of Interent sex offender lists track the proximity of sex offenders. (Washington Post)

The “supersized” Kindle comes with some tradeoffs. (Seattle Times)

Media Briefing for Thursday, June 18, 2009

staff | June 18th, 2009

The hundreds of news stories about the DTV switch for some reason always left out that TV stations would transmit with only 20% of the power they had used for analog. This was known by the FCC, which assigned WCBS-TV channel 2 New York City and WFSB channel 3 Hartford to the same channel – channel 33. WCBS and WFSB would never be on the same channel in analog. As channel 2 and 3, they both came in clearly in the Fairfield County town of Stratford, Connecticut and other locations in Connecticut and on Long Island with an outside aerial aimed at Manhattan. The FCC did this while saying TV stations’ coverage areas would be roughly the same as with analog transmission. Also similarly, Philadelphia and New York City channels were placed on the same channel with DTV. Analog TV bends over hills while digital just stops dead – so in hilly areas like the Naugatuck Valley of Connecticut or in Northwest New Jersey, TV reception over the air may be lost entirely in some spots. And what about West Virginia and Colorado and other Western states? WPVI channel 6 Philadelphia is having major problems with its DTV signal for viewers less than 20 miles from the DTV transmitter. (Broadcasting & Cable In the New York City market, viewers as close to Manhattan as Queens and Westchester County report major problems. (New York Radio Message Board)

With DTV stations transmit at 20% of the power. That means the signals are slightly less than half as strong as they were when transmitting in analog. Take the square root of the multiple of the power increase or decrease, and that will give you the strength. Thus, a station increasing from 250 watts to 1,000 watts will be 2 times as strong, not 4 times as strong, at any given location, since the square root of 4 is 2. So at any given location, where the signal is 2 millivolts (the measure of signal strength) at 250 watts, it will become 4 millivolts with 1,000 watts)

Many viewers are still struggling with DTV reception. (New York Times)

Two major Washington, D.C. TV stations disappear from TV screens after transition to digital: WJLA (ABC) channel 7 and WUSA (CBS) channel 9. (Washington Post)

DTV is still elusive for some. (Los Angeles Times)

Reception problems for TV viewers after the digital transition remain. (Associated Press)

There are still 2.5 million homes that have not made the switch to digital television. (San Francisco Chronicle)

There are bills proposed in Congress to further assist viewers with digital TV reception. (Broadcasting & Cable)

One viewer discusses getting rid of his analog television set. (Washington Post)

A 27-year-old employee working at the U.S. State Department on social networking issues is credited with convincing the government and Twitter not to shut down Twitter for scheduled maintenance as previously planned, because of the on-going demonstrations in Iran over the weekend election results. (Bay Newser) (Computerworld)

The Pirate Bay helps Iranians objecting to the election results, to avoid censorship. (Associated Press)

The attempted Iranian government’s media crackdown following the election has met the Internet age. (Associated Press)

The Persian News Network is finding new life in the contested Iranian election. (Washington Post)

Iran is expanding its media and Internet clampdown. (Associated Press)

CNN was able to receive instant feedback from viewers on its coverage of the Iranian election and its aftermath, with Twitter. (New York Timnes)

There is a consensus among media companies that advertising alone cannot pay for Internet news operations, and that it will have to be advertising plus subcriptions. href=http://www.newser.com/off-the-grid/post/173/old-media-why-the-end-takes-a-long-time-to-get-to.html> (Newser)

A poll shows the Internet is the most popular source for news. (Reuters)

A new Website, Jelli.Net allows listeners to vote on which music will be played. (San Francisco Chronicle)

How MySpace fell off the pace and fell behind competing social networking site Facebook. (Los Angeles Times)

MySpace is laying off 30% of its staff. (Los Angeles Timnes)

Is Facebook a phenomenon or a fad? (San Jose Mercury News)

Former Google executives are tackling Web security. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A sophisticated online crime ring has been detected. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A hacker cracked a rival, redirecting millions ot Twitter users to unwanted destinations. (Associated Press)

The state of California says child labor laws were broken in the making of a video about California’s famous octuplets. (Associated Press)

Despite a bleak economy and higher prices for Internet service, people are continuing to upgrade to high-speed online connections, according to a new survey. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Ultra-orthodox Jews can surf the web, thanks to a new Rabbi-approved search engine. Hailed as the “kosher search engine,” the Hebrew-language Koogle allows observant Jews to troll the Internet without breaking religious rules or taboos. (London Daily Telegraph) (San Francisco Chronicle)

With the demise of many home remodelinmg and construction magazines, Web sites and Internet blogs are taking their place. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Cisco technology is changing the way fans watch sports. (San Jose Mercury News)

First impressions of the iPhone OS 3.0 (San Francisco Chronicle)

Is YouTube losing money, and if so, how much? (Associated Press)

Children-friendly notebooks. (PC World)

A Web site makes the California state government budget mess a game. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Internal Revenue Service is giving mixed signals about use of work cell phones. (Los Angeles Times)

A Japanese hiker who became lost in the northern New Mexico mountains and later died in a crash of the helicopter that rescued her called 911 seven times before being connected to an emergency dispatcher. (KOAT-TV channel 7 Albuquerque)

Live baseball games are being streamed into iPhones. (New York Times)

Sirius XM satellite radio is launching an iPhone application. (Reuters)

Sirius XM will increase listener fees to cover music royalty payments. <a href=http://fmqb.com/article.asp?id=1372602) (FMQB)

MTV is airing a show that is airing a show that is interactive with viewers, using Twitter. (New York Times)

Some well-known names find they have to work hard at keeping squatters from claiming similar-sounding Web addresses. (New York Times)

Bob Slade, news director of black oriented New York City FM station WRKS 98.7 is looking for more black radio talk shows. (New York Daily News)

CBC – the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – maintains it is not PBS – nor should it be. (Windsor, Ontario Star)

The last of the AM clear channel CBC radio stations audible in the East during hours of darkness is moving to the FM band. This means listeners in the eastern U.S. will no longer hear English-language CBC programs at night on the AM band. CBE, at 1550 in Windsor, Ontario has been granted authority to move to 97.5 FM. In recent years, all the other CBC clear channel AM stations have moved to FM, including CBL 740 Toronto, CBM 940 Montreal, CBA 1070 Moncton, New Brunswick, as well as French language CBF 690 Montreal and CBJ 1580 Chicoutimi, Quebec. Only all-French CJBC 860 Toronto remains. (All Access)

Sarah Palin is hardly David Letterman’s best friend, but she has helped him in the ratings. (New York Times)

Sarah Palin accepted David Letterman’s apology, but the protest against Letterman goes on. (Reuters)

Rupert Murdoch has sold the Weekly Standard magazine. (Washington Examiner)

South Florida donors are seeking to save Venezuela’s Globovision TV station, which is under pressure from Hugo Chavez. (Miami Herald)

The detention of 2 American journalists from Al Gore’s Current TV by North Korea has put the spotlight on Current TV. (Associated Press)

Tom Brokaw has been tapped for a White House commission. (Broadcasting & Cable)

ABC News promises Republicans coverage of health care issue will not be a Barack Obama infomercial. ()New York Daily News)

A Clear Channel deal gives musicians Web channels. (Reuters)

The usually hot network TV ad sales are frozen. (Los Angeles Times)

Herb Scannell has been elected chairman of the Board Of Trustees of New York City public radio talker WNYC-820 AM/93.9FM. He currently serves as chairman of Next New Networks and previously was vice chairman of MTV Networks.. (DCRTV)

Former Associated Press and Dallas Morning News executive Burl Osborne has taken the helm at Freedom Newspapers, which include the Orange County Register. (Associated Press)

Associated Press is eyeing better deals with Internet heavyweights. (Associated Press)

Media Briefing for Friday, June 12, 2009

staff | June 12th, 2009

In the wake of the fatal shooting at the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., Web sites with information about the suspect in the shooting – an 88-year-old white supremacist – began eliminating information about him. (Washington Post)

The Internet is rife with Nazi Holocaust deniers, anti-Semites, and anti-Semitism. (Washington Post)

A Miami Herald reporter had a run-in with the anti-Semite charged in the shooting at the Holocaust Museum this week, back in 1994 when the reporter was working for the Easton, Maryland Star Democrat and the man charged in the shooting was running an anti-Semitic telecast on the Easton cable TV system. (Miami Herald)

Thirteen/WNET has a special FAQ page about the transition to all digital television broadcasting. (WNET)

Rabbit Ears.info lists the statikons and the new channels they will occupy as digital broadcasters. They will continue to identify themselves over the air andin marketing with the old channel numbers. Thus, WNBC channel 4 New York will be on channel 28 but will still identify as channel 4. (Rabbit Ears.info)

Another site lists which channels the viewer should expected to receive at his or her location. (TV Fool)

The legal advisor for the FCC, Jessica Almond, answers questions about the digital transition. (Washington Post)

The FCC says it expects few problems with the transition to all digital telecasting. (Reuters)

It’s digital transition time. (mocoNews)

The end of analog TV broadcast and start of digital only telecasting is here. Is the viewer ready? (Houston Chronicle)

There is a last day scramble for the digital TV transition. (Boston Globe)

The DTV switchover means viewers’ options grow. (Houston Chronicle)

Broadcast television’s switch to digital telecasting is finally here. (Miami Herald)

A smooth transition to DTV is expected. (Los Angeles Times)

HD is changing the face of beauty – on and off TV. (Denver Post)

Viewers in Chicago will still be able to watch the local newscasts of WMAQ channel 5 and WGN-TV channel 9 in analog, even though full power TV stations ended analog broadcasting. The newscasts are being simulcast on Chicago low power TV station WWME channel 23, and low power TV stations may conitnue to telecast in analog for awhile longer. (Chicago Tribune)

A study links TV time and language development in young children. (Chicago Tribune)

With his Sarah Palin jokes, David Letterman went too far – in involving her children. (Washington Post)

The New York Times Co. is seeking a buyer for the Boston Globe which it purchased in 1993 for $1.1 billion. (Washington Post) (Associated Press)

Musical artists are claiming to the FCC that some radio stations retaliated against their support of the performance royalty fee by not playing their songs. (Washington Post)

The U.S. government’s new technology czar says that new mobile phone applications could spur private investment in high-speed Internet connections, but Washington would also play a leadership role. (Reuters)

AOL is buying 2 community-based Web sites. (Associated Press)

Palm’s Pre cellular telephpone has many options but the iPhone still has simplicity. (Boston Globe)

Microsoft’s security chief and a veteran of Clinton’s and Bush’s national security teams are leading candidates for cybersecurity czar, a job that needs White House access and clout to protect networks that underpin the U.S. economy. (Reuters)

In Venezuela, Hugo Chavez is putting pressure on the defiant TV network that opposes his administration. (Washington Post)

The Internet has a new use in Iranian politics: the election campaign. (Associated Press)

A New Jersey blogger has been charged with posting threats against 2 Connecticut legislators. (Associated Press)

Might shock radio jock Howard Stern leave satellite radio and return to terrestrial radio? (San Francisco Chronicle)

Rupert Murdoch is selling the Weekly Standard political magazine to Colorado-based billionaire Philip Anschutz. (U.S. News & World Report)

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