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Media Briefing for Thursday, June 4, 2009

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Information about U.S. nuclear power plants was inadvertantly and erroneously posted on the Internet. (Associated Press) (Washington Post)

China’s government ratcheted up its censorship of the Internet by blocking Twitter, Yahoo’s Flickr and Microsoft Hotmail, two days before the 20th anniversary of the military’s attack on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Small businesses are taking tentative steps toward online networking. (New York Times

In your Twitter profile, leave out the punctuation. (PC World)

An unwritten code exists among tech firms in the Silicon Valley. (New York Times) But the U.S. government is investigating. (Washington Post)

Microsoft and Sony are unveiling plans similar to Nintento’s Wii. (Washington Post)

How startup tech companies and venture capital companies are dealing with the sharp economic downturn. (San Jose Mercury News)

Even large tech firms in the Silicon Valley are being affected by the economy. (San Jose Mercury News)

How those laid off by Silicon Valley tech companies are coping. (San Jose Mercury News)

A new opera Web site is offering more options. (Associated Press)

Craigslist has removed certain erotic ads, but will they return? (Boston Globe)

Sexual assault in Arizona posted live on Web; alleged assailnt is charged by police. (Associated Press)

In Mexico, Televisa and the social networking hi5 are joining to expand their reach. (Associated Press)

Two British citizens who came to the U.S, after being accused of running a Web site with anti-Jewish hate speech, are being returned to the U.K., a year afterr languishing in a California jail. (Associated Press)

Microsoft says the search services on the Internet are “sick” and the cure is Microsoft’s new Bing. (Associated Press)

With Bing, Microsoft is hoping to shift the spotlight away from Google. (Seattle Times)

YouTube is moving closer to TV. (New York Times)

A patent court judgement on TiVo has been stayed. (New York Times)

In very tough economic times, Buffalo PBS affiliate WNED-TV channel 17 is asking for its fair share from viewers. (Buffalo News)

Supporters of the two television reporters from Al Gore’s Current TV channel who are being held by North Korea, gathered on the steps of San Francisco City Hall to call for their release. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Ratings for Conan O’Brien as host of the Tonight show on NBC are off to a strong start. (New York Times)

Radio & Records – trade industry publicatoion of record for radio for 36 years, is ceasing at the end of this week. (Inside Music Media)

Classic rock, declared dead on WNEW 102.7 New York in the 1990s, is thriving on WAXQ 104.3 New York today. (New York Daily News)

Air America Radio, absent from the Washington, D.C. radio dial since last year, is returning on 1050 AM. (DCRTV)

Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich still have enormous impact on media. (Washington Post)

Talk radio host Jay Severin returned to the airwaves at Boston all talk FM station WTKK 96.9, with an opening statement apologizing for his anti-Mexican immigrant comments. (Boston Globe) A Boston Globe columnist is proposing a “Jay Watch” group to monitor his show and report incidents of outrageous and unacceptable comments.

Could General Motors’ woes affect Sirius XM satellite radio? (The Street.com)

Are some gloing too far in trying to link Bill O’Reilly to the shooting death of abortion doctor George Tiller, because of O’Reilly’s on-air colmments criticizing him over the years? (Washington Post)

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Media Briefing for Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday, May 29th, 2009

The Pentagon is planning a new arm to wage war in cyberspace. (New York Times)

Microsoft’s new search service to compete with Google is called Bing, which Microsoft hopes will become a word in everyday conversation like TiVo or Google. (New York Times)

Siri, a San Jose company, has announced that it would offer an “intelligent agent” for Apple’s iPhone that would, the company said, be able to find movie theaters, book restaurant reservations and airline flights, buy from online retail sites and even answer trivia questions like “How many calories are in a banana,” all by understanding spoken commands. (San Jose Mercury News)

The iPhone can be turned into a canvas. A few apps let anyone use an existing photo as the basis for an artistic illustration. (New York Times)

Google Wave is a new application running in a Web browser that creates a shared online desktop where two or more users can interact easily. They can exchange messages as they would do in e-mail or instant messaging conversation. They can share and edit rich documents that include formatted text, images and graphics. They can also drag and drop simple applications called widgets into a Wave to, for example, play a game together. And they can save and publish any Wave resulting from their collaboration to the Web. (New York Times)

AOL and Time Warner are parting ways, ending their merger than took place in 2001. (New York Times) (Associated Press) (Los Angeles Times)

Lions Gate has sold a 49% stake in its TV Guide cable channel and Web site. (Los Angeles Times)

Blood is boiling over Gawker’s vampire Web site. (Associated Press)

Vista has won the bidding war for SumTotal. (San Jose Mercury News)

A new report says 83% of the Internet population (ages 13 to 54) participates in social media, with 47% on a weekly basis. However, less than 5% of social media users regularly turn to these sites for guidance on purchase decisions in any of nine product/service categories. In addition, only 16% of social media users say they are more likely to buy from companies that advertise on social sites. (Media Post)

There is a new Web site to amplify the debate on the Google book deal. (Associated Press)

The legal posturing between Craigslist and the South Carolina prosecutor’s office is over. There will be no legal fight. (Associated Press)

DTV transition efforts step up as the clock ticks down to June 12, the day of the end of analog broadcasting in the U.S. Philadelphia PBS affiliate WHYY-TV channel 12 has opened a special walk-in center for viewers to learn about DTV. (TV Newsday)

A total of 2.7% of U.S. households remain unprepared for the transition to all digital telecasting on June 12. (TV Newsday) (TV Week)

More households are cutting the cord on cable TV. (Wall Street Journal)

Newspaper editors are meeting to examine options for their Internet sites, with the simultaneous sharp decline in their print circulations. (Associated Press)

Online news fees: financial salvation or suicide for the newspapers? (Associated Press)

Two key unions at the Boston Globe have agreed to cuts, to help save the newspaper from shutdown. (Media Daily News)

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg referred to a New York Observer reporter as “a disgrace” for questioning the mayor’s rationale for running for a third term. (New York Daily News)

Speaking at the University Of Buffalo 3 years ago, Conan O’Brien said that in TV, “nobody really knows” what will succeed. (Buffalo News)

For the first time in years, WCBS-AM 880 beat WINS-AM 1010 in the New York metro Arbitron ratings. Both all news stations are now owned by CBS. (New York Daily News)

A new 3 hour morning all news program from the Washington Times is scheduled to debut June 15. (Washington Times)

Political consultant and columnist Dick Morris says Barack Obama’s FCC is conducting a war against talk radio with its probe of Arbitron’s Personal People Meter in gathering ratings information.

The National Public Radio freelance reporter held for 4 months in Iran says she falsely pleaded guilty to spying, under force. (Associated Press)

Sources say NBC is considering creating a 5 p.m. weekday lifestyle show for the network, which would eliminate local newscasts at that hour including Live At Five at New York’s WNBC channel 4. (New York Observer)

The Goode Family Wednesday nights on ABC makes fun of the world’s do-gooders. (Miami Herald)

All sports Miami AM station WQAM 560 suspends a talk host after an expletive slipped onto the air. (Miami Herald)

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Media Briefing for Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The BBC is launching a U.S. children’s channel. (Variety)

Microsoft is launching a new Zune music player, with some good news for radio — as the player will include a built-in HD Radio receiver. Available in the U.S. this fall, Zune HD is the first portable media player that combines a built-in HD Radio receiver, high-definition (HD) video output capabilities, an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) touch screen, Wi-Fi and an Internet browser. Zune will extend its video service to Xbox Live internationally this fall. This marks an interesting development in the ZUNE strategy and brings the Zune brand to more than 17 million international Xbox Live subscribers. (All Access)

Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor – Barack Obama’s nominee to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice – will be the first tech-savvy Justice. Unlike retiring Justice David Souter, who has never even owned a computer, Sotomayor has ruled on a number of cyberlaw decisions – and has experience as an intellectual property lawyer. (All Access)

The Web needs TV but TV does not need the Web. (TV Newsday)

The DTV “soft test” in Chicago earlier this week indicates many are still unprepared for all-digital telecasting and the end of analog TV broadcasting June 12. (Chicago Tribune)

The FCC is holding an open meeting this coming Wednesday (June 3) focusing upon the transition to all digital telecasting and end of analog TV broadcasting June 12, at the FCC on 12th Street in Washington, D.C. (FCC)

Robert Schuller Jr. – son of the charismatic host of TV’s Hour Of Power for decades – is starting his own show – after being ejected as host of his father’s show several months ago. (Associated Press)

New York City is to renew its popular film tax incentive. (Associated Press)

Sixteen months after the decision, the FCC has released its order extending the continuation of the waver for Rupert Murdoch, allowing him to own WNYW channel 5, WWOR channel 9 and the New York Post daily newspaper in the New York market. (Multichannel News)

A federal appeals court has ruled that cable TV companies may not use exclusive contracts with premium channels tl block competiong providers from condominiums and apartment buildings. (Bloomberg News)

Ratings for the TLC reality series “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” which tracks the day-to-day life of a Pennsylvania couple with eight children, reached record levels this year as nearly 10 million viewers tuned in for the season premiere, which focused on the couple’s troubled marriage. (New York Times)

Advertising growth is spreading on all mobile fronts. (Media Post)

Two New York state legislators are proposing to extend the state’s shield law to professional journalists who blog. (Media Daily News)

Smartphones comprise only 12% of device sales yet account for 35% of mobile ad impressions. (Media Daily News)

Women over 55 are fleeing Facebook. (Media Daily News)

MySpace’s new CEO is promising innovation on the social networking site owned by Rupert Murdoch. (Associated Press)

Neal Gabler, a regular on Reel 13 Saturday nights on Thirteen/WNET and an author and journalists, discusses hate-mongering in the media today and over the years. (Boston Globe)

Bluetooth wireless headsets have improved quite a bit in recent years. (Associated Press)

Some – including Ashton Kutcher – oppose marrying Twitter and TV. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Twitter which asks what everybody is doing right now – wants to do a TV show. (Associated Press)

Twitter is targeted by a worm-like phishing attack. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Twitter’s cofounders say Twitter will eventually charge fees. (Associated Press)

Twitter’s cofounders say they are in for the long haul. (New York Times)

Some celebrities think Twitter is their own public rrlations representative. (Saint Petersburg, Florida Times)

NBC set a low water mark of historic proportions in primetime ratings last week. (Associated Press)

The ratings for CNN’s Anderson Cooper are down. (New York Post)

On newscasts, news reporters are not supposed to give their views on which side they support. But does this rule apply to sports? That question is being asked about a sports anchor on Cleveland, Ohio ABC affiliate WEWS channel 5. (Maynard Institute)

Barack Obama wants a review of the federal gpoverment’s classified information systems and procedures. (Associated Press)

Iran has lifted the block it had imposed on Facebook. (Associated Press)

The controversy swirling around the erotica ads on Craigslist being focus on society’s views about prostitution. (San Jose Mercury News)

A Canadian French language broadcast is being criticized for a joke about an assassination of Barack Obama. (Associated Press)

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Media Briefing for Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

To attend University Of Missouri journalism classes, students must have an Apple laptop and an iPhone. (Missourian)

Among the developed nations, the United States is in the middle of the pack as far as access to broadband. (New York Times)

A new law in France to stop Internet piracy is drawing skepticism. (Associated Press)

Tweeting one’s way to a job. (New York Times)

Smartphones can be transformed into mobile entertainment centers. (Washington Post)

NebuAd is closing its doors after Internet privacy woes. (Associated Press)

Craigs List is suing the South Carolina attorney general. (Associated Press) (Los Angeles Times)

Some parents are turning to cellular telephones as high tech rattles. (Associated Press)

TV stations need a clear Internet vision. (TV Newsday)

TV stations in the San Francisco – San Jose area are being hit hard by the economy. (San Jose Mercury News)

Will Conan O’Brien’s brand of humor fly on the Ton ikght show? (New York Times)

The CW network is adding shows to text about. In New York the CW affiliate is WPIX channel 11. (New York Times)

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann responds to Rush Limbaugh’s challenge to never mention Limbaugh’s name for 30 days. (Associated Press)

Radio talk show host Michael Savage has described Rush Limbaugh as a “fraud”. ( (San Francisco Chronicle)

Democrats are seeking a bailout for minority radio. (The Hill)

The Detroit newspapers are keeping more readers than expected. (Associated Press)

The CEO of the McClatchy newspapers sees good times ahead for newspapers. (Associated Press)

In Arizona, the Tucson Citizen will not resume publication, after a federal judge declined to order its owner – Gannett – to do so. (Associated Press)

The ongoing cuts at newspapers make it difficult for wrongly accused individuals to receive coverage for exoneration. (New York Times)

The White House is producing its own news reports, shutting out the press pool. (TV Newswer)

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Media Briefing for Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Got an unusual name? Facebook may think it’s fake and may take it away. (Associated Press)

In these difficult economic times, TV stations are sharing raw news video in an increasing number of markets. (TV Newsday)

The economic tailspin is battering local TV stations and local news. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Ion Media has files bankruptcy with a deal to swap debt for equity. The New York City flagship station for Ion, a national group of TV affiliates, is WPXN channel 31. (Bloomberg News)

Long before the decision to place Jay Leno in primetime, NBC considered Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman, and – in the 1980s – Johnny Carson. (Variety)

The Federal Trade Commission is looking into a number of fixes for the ailing news industry. (Broadcasting & Cable)

The McClatchy newspapers have launched a new sales strategy that emphasizes the Internet and aims at reconnecting its papers with former advertisers. (Sacramento Bee)

TV, radio and Web advertising are taking a big hit. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Accepting the Fred Friendly Award, 77-year-old Morley Safer said he has no intentions of leaving the broadcasting any time soon. (New York Daily News)

Television networks are offering advertisers closer connections to content of shows. (New York Times)

The digital TV transition coming June 12 remains a struggle for some. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Associated Press is offering buyouts to employees. (Editor & Publisher)

Google has reached an agreement to give libraries a say in how much is charged for books in its vast digital library. (New York Times)

A West Bank TV station is broadcasting real news. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The last anti-Hugo Chavez TV station in Venezuela is facing an investigation and possible shutdown. (Associated Press)

Yahoo is searching for ways to show fewer Web links. (Associated Press)

Wiggle is moving to the Sprout TV network, which is operated by PBS and others. (Associated Press)

Despite their successes, Asians are not fully breaking the glass ceilings in California’s Silicon Valley. (San Jose Mercury News)

Hewlett Packard is cutting 6,400 more jobs. (San Jose Mercury News)

The CEO of Google has urged a graduating class to turn off their computers. (Associated Press)

The FCC is examining Arbitron’s method of counting minority listeners for its radio ratings. (Washington Post)

A smaller but better Newsweek magazine? (Washington Post)

Syracuse University is opening a satellite campus in Los Angeles focusing on entertainment. (Syracuse Post Standard)

An AP reporter is quarantined in China after his plane made a stop in Mexico. (Associated Press)

IBM has unveiled a software system that allows the gathering and an analysis of vast amounts of data in very short time periods. (New York Times)

Seven have been indicted on charges of operating a 24/7 prostitution ring on Craig’s List. (Associated Press)

Former FCC chairman Richard Wiley says there should be no expectation that ownership rules will be relaxed any further and more consolidation of broadcast stations – now that the Democrats are in control. (TV Newsday)

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Media Briefing for Friday, May 1, 2009

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Discovery Communications and the toy maker Hasbro are teaming up to launch a children’s cable TV channel. (Los Angeles Times) (Washington Post)

The Independent Film Channel Media Project examines how news is covered in the United States. (Associated Press)

A new portal is bringing many PBS shows to the Internet. (New York Times)

A man has been sentenced to 6 years for relaying Hezbollah TV into New York City. (Associated Press)

Some local TV stations are cutting news staffs, and yet adding news programming to their schedules. (Associated Press)

Amid calls for elimination of the sex portions of Craigslist in the wake of sex-related murders in Boston and New Yoirk City, Craigslist will maintain them, and ensure they comply with the law. (Boston Globe)

Afghanistan is a new center of journalism for U.S. news organizations, such as NBC. (New York Observer)

The Fox News Channel has cancelled The Beltway Boys. (U.S. News & World Report)

A Web site has opened which covers the journalists covering the White House. (White House Correspondents Insider)

Newspapers have halted their decline in share of local online advertising revenue. (paidContent)

A report shows press freedom worldwide has declined. (Associated Press)

A radio talk show host on WTKK-FM 96.9 Boston has been suspended after making comments about Mexicans and immigrants. (Boston Globe)

ABC has joined NBC and Fox in offering shows on the Internet site Hulu.com. (New York Times)

The CEOs of two media giants – Viacom and News Corp. – speak at a California forum. (Los Angeles Times)

Time Warner is looking to spin off AOL. (Los Angeles Times) (New York Times)

President Barack Obama has named a former South Carolina weekly newspaper publisher to be an FCC commissioner. (Reuters)

Keeping the news crawl running during ad breaks on TV is endorsed by ad agencies. (New York Times)

The FCC has a backlog of thousands of indecency complaints against broadcast stations. (Wall Street Journal)

Online video is growing, but very slowly. (Media Daily News)

A Nielsen probe has found some viewers are not pushing the buttons correctly to properly record shows as having been watched. (Media Daily News)

Miami Fox affiliate WSVN channel 7 is suing the Nielsen ratings company, alleging it has a monopoly. (Miami Herald)

The WSVN vs. Nielsen case is examined more closely. (Miami Herald)

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Media Briefing for Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Chicago real estate magnate Sam Zell says buying the Tribune Co. was a mistake. The Tribune owns a group of TV stations including WPIX channel 11 New York, WGN-TV channel 9 Chicago and KTLA channel 5 Los Angeles, WGN radio 720 Chicago, and the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant, and other newspapers. Chicago Tribune

Newspaper advertising revenue could fall 30% in the year 2009. New York Times A new venture is working to introduce fees on news obtained online. Associated Press

Hyperlocal Internet sites are offering ultra-localized news in some localities.” New York Times

A survey shows there is more politics and partisanship online. Associated Press

Just when you thought the saga of ousted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich couldn’t get any stranger, it has. Blagojevich wants to star on the NBC reality show “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!” Associated Press

The state of California wants to impose standards and restrictions on energy-guzzling TV sets. San
Francisco Chronicle

On Twitter, CNN and Ashton Kutcher, star of That 70s Show, are squaring off. Associated Press

Venezuela’s president Huge Chavez wants sanctions imposed on Venezuelan TV networks that allegedly backed a military rebellion that briefly ousted him 7 years ago. Associated Press

Israel’s 85-year-old president Shimon Perez is kicking off a new career – as a TV host. Associated Press

Chris Wallace of the Fox News Channel loves politics. Broadcasting & Cable

Glenn Beck’s act is a show-stopper at the Fox News Channel. Associated Press

Fox’s Glenn Beck is taking a comedy tour across the nation. Associated Press

There is a forecast that advertising globally will fall nearly 7 per cent in 2009. Associated Press

A National Public Radio freelance journalist arrested in Iran is awaiting her fate after a 1-day secret trial on espionage charges there. London Times

The manager of an Afghan TV station is under arrest after allowing images of women with skirts too short and necklines too plunging to air. Associated Press

Radio station values sank in the first quarter of 2009. Radio & Records

Standard And Poor’s increased the credit rating of Sirius XM satellite radio from CCC to CCC+ Barron’s

Clear Channel Communications, which owns the largest number of strong-signal AM and FM radio stations in the nation, is promising improved programming with a new plan. Radio Online

Clear Channel New York City FM station WLTW 106.7 was the highest billing radio station in the city in 2008. New York Daily News

Goom Radio, a new Internet radio service, raised $16 million in its first round. paidContent

U.S. telecommunications companies are eager to get into Cuba. Washington
Post

There is a new show about making advertisements for television, airing on Discovery.” New York Times

Have NBC’s ratings turned the corner? Los Angeles Times

On location TV and film shoots in Los Angeles have hit their lowest level on record. Los Angeles Times

Centuries of Native American valor are celebrated in a PBS series. New York Times

Filmmaker Ric Burns is involved in the PBS multipart series about the survival of Native Americans. New York Times

There is a documentary film on NPR’s Garrison Keillor being shown at theatres in Syracuse, Oswego and Utica in May. CNY Radio

March 2009 streaming video viewership is up 40% from March 2008. Nielsen Wire

NBC’s cable channel the USA Network is booming. New York Times

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Media Briefing for Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

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Dual scoreboards on live television flashed the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote on a financial bailout and the Dow Jones industrial average. In the end, they both came up losers. The nation’s teetering economy played out in an extraordinary TV drama Monday. No one was certain about what would happen when those numbers finally stopped moving: at 228 to 205 against the bailout and a 777-point drop in the Dow. Associated Press reports.

The Washington Post looks at editorial opinion on the U.S. House rejection of George W. Bush’s bailout plan.

The appetite for information is good news for National Public Radio, says the New York Daily News.

National Public Radio, already strong online with free downloads from many of its shows, is boosting its digital ambitions with yesterday’s introduction of social-networking features akin to Facebook. Associated Press reports.

Optimism prevailed at the National Association of Broadcasters’ Small Market Conference, reports TV Newsday.

Today is the last day of publication for the daily New York Sun, after six years, report the New York Times and Media Daily News.

The free weekly Washington, D.C. newspaper City Paper has filed for bankruptcy.

TV Guide is for sale, says Variety.

The ratings for the presidential debate Friday night fell far short of expectations, says the Washington Post.

The spin doctors work their voodoo regarding Friday night’s presidential debate, says the Washington Post.

Sarah Palin is preparing for Thursday’s debate with Joe Biden. This is Thursday evening at 9. The moderator is Gwen Ifill of PBS’s Washington Week. Thirteen/WNET will televise it live.The Washington Post reports.

Gwen Ifill of PBS will likely have the largest audience of her career as moderator of the vice presidential debate Thursday evening, says the Maynard Institute Web site.

CBS has hired Dee Dee Myers as a political analyst, says Variety.

With Tom Brokaw as elder statesman, NBC is planning the future of Meet The Press, reports the New York Times.

NBC polling director Chuck Todd’s stock is rising to become host of NBC’s Meet The Press, says Washingtonian magazine.

Blacklisted television writer Oliver Crawford has passed away at age 91, says Associated Press.

There will be a presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain on Long Island. This will be Wednesday evening, October 15 at 9 p.m. at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, according to the Presidential Debates Commission.

The McCain campaign is attempting to do something unheard of in the modern political era. It is not just running against the mainstream media – it is running around it. The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

In a letter to Arbitron President Stephen Morris, Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Barack Obama, along with U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, Illinois Democrat, expressed “concern” over the rollout of its Portable People Meter (PPM) system to eight new markets, scheduled for October 8. The two senators urged Morris to delay the rollout until the system is accredited by the Media Research Council (MRC). Crisis say the system seriously undercounts minority listeners, and in New York, for example, has undercounted audiences for black oriented FM station WBLS 107.5, and Spanish language stations WPAT-FM 93.1, WSKQ 97.9, and WADO-AM 1280. Radio Online reports.

NBC CEO Jeff Zucker says the economy is having a profound impact on local stations, reports Reuters.

In the wake of the bailout defeat, ad budgets are dropping, says Media Daily News.

In the stock market plunge, tech stocks were hit hard, says the San Jose Mercury News.

After the bailout defeat and stock exchange decline, there was a steep drop in media stocks, say Broadcasting & Cable and Media Daily News.

In the wake of the bailout defeat, shares of Young Broadcasting, which owns the troubled San Francisco TV station KRON channel 4 and also Albany ABC affiliate WTEN channel 10, among a total of ten stations, dropped to 4 cents a share, says Media Daily News.

In the big stock market plunge, newspaper stocks were down less than expected, says Media Daily News.

The Society Of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) is holding its 35th annual Broadcast & Technology Expo, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (October 7 and 8) at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York near Syracuse, with two days of programs and presentations.

Congress is poised to pass Internet radio legislation, say Associated Press and paidContent.

Congressman Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, has introduced the Radio All Digital Channel Receiver Act, which would require that satellite radio receivers that can receive AM and FM signals also be capable of receiving terrestrial digital radio, or HD Radio. Markey said in a press statement, “Millions of Americans today rely on local broadcast radio for news, public safety bulletins, sports, weather, traffic, and other information. As the broadcast radio industry migrates to digital broadcasting technology, this legislation will ensure that consumers are able to readily receive free service through consumer electronics systems that are otherwise receiving satellite digital audio radio and traditional AM or FM stations.” Radio Ink and Radio Onlinereport.

About 90% of the people in the U.S. are in listening range of HD radio signals, according to Caroline Beasley, vice president and CFO of Naples, Florida-based Beasley Broadcast Group and chair of the NAB’s HD Radio Digital Technology Advancement Force. One challenge is convincing automakers to install car radios that receive HD signals, she says. The Naples, Florida Daily News reports.

At the NAB Radio Show last week, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin suggested that broadcasters cut a deal with him on new localism rules this year, The clear implication was that the deal with him will be a lot less onerous that the deal they’ll get next year when Democrats will have a tighter grip on Congress and, lord knows, what kind of wild-eyed, liberal regulator will be heading the FCC. Don’t do it, says TV Newsday.

The Intellectual Property Enforcement bill has passed the House, with a provision creating IP-enforcement-coordinating post in White House’s Office of the President. Broadcasting & Cable reports.

Why talk when you can text message? eMarketer reports.

Apple computers stock went down 17% in one day, say the New York Times, Barrons and Reuters.

Apple leads the tech bubble, says Business Week.

Circuit City has withdrawn its outlook after its loss widened, reports the New York Times. Circuit City’s loss has widened, says the Washington Post.

Google goes to Washington, gearing up to put its stamp on government, says the Washington Post.

Cloud computing is a trap, warns GNU founder Richard Stallman. Web-based programs like Google’s Gmail will force people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that will cost more and more over time, according to the free software campaigner. The Guardian of Manchester, England reports.

While Internet providers in the United States have backed off for now, from the idea they may be able to make money by selling information on where their customers surf on the Internet, British Telecom is still moving forward with the idea. The New York Times reports.

Sprint has taken wireless service to the max in Baltimore, Maryland, report IDG and USA Today.

MySpace is not the only free music game in town, says Time.

The Washington Post has purchased Foreign Policy magazine, report Media Daily News and the Washington Post.

In Manchester, Connecticut, five women who advertised their willingness to have sex for money on Craigslist reached an unintended market – the police. The Hartford Courant reports.

Proposition 8 in California which would ban gay marriage there, is bringing a large amount of TV advertising from both sides, says the San Jose Mercury News.

In movies and TV shows, never before have gay story lines been so prominent. Nor have there ever been so many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters on television – 83 by a recent count from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, not counting reality shows, daytime dramas or gay-oriented cable networks. Hollywood, with its depictions of cowboy lovers and lesbian neighbors, has done much to make gay men and women part of mainstream American life. The New York Times reports.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago has announced it will induct radio commentator Dr. James Dobson into its Radio Hall of Fame. Dobson runs a so-called “ex-gay” program and has said that allowing gay people to marry will “destroy the earth.” A gay group known as Truth Won Out is planning a protest at the event. It is scheduled for Saturday, November 8, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel, 1 W Wacker Driver, Chicago, according to Truth Won Out.

The Library of American Broadcasting has honored ten individuals as Giants Of Broadcasting, in presentations at Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt Hotel.

They include:

Dr. Bill Baker, president emeritus of Thirteen/WNET, and for more than two decades the president of the station, from 1987 to 2008. His roots were in radio, at Cleveland stations WGAR 1220, WERE 1300 and WKYC 1100. In 1971 he got into TV, joining WEWS channel 5 Cleveland. In 1978 he became vice president and g.m. of WJZ channel 13 Baltimore and quickly became president of parent company Group W Television. He created PM Magazine and was instrumental in introducing Oprah Winfrey as a talk show host. In 1987 he became president of Thirteen/WNET. During his tenure more than $1 billion was raised for the station, and he secured the largest endowment in public television history $100 million. He oversaw WNET’s acquisition of WLIW21 in 2003. In 2005 he was inducted into NYSBA’s Hall Of Fame.

Other honored were:

- Lucy Jarvis, renowned for multiple network television documentaries;

- Roger King, the man behind the creation of many top national TV shows including Wheel Of Fortune.

- Jerry Lee, owner of Philadelphia FM station WBEB 101.1, the only standalone locally owned FM station in the top ten markets in the United States; all others have been acquired by conglomerates. Lee has brought WBEB to enormous heights of success.

- Jim McKay, icon in network television sports and father of CBS news and sports president Sean McManus;

- James Quello, long-serving FCC commissioner who was unique in that he became from broadcasting, Detroit AM station WJR 760. He was a fierce defender of free over-the-air broadcasting. Last month he sent the U.S. Supreme Court a brief saying the FCC is on a “Victorian crusade” that is damaging to broadcasters, viewers, and the FCC.

- Cokie Roberts, commentator of ABC’s This Week, who earlier in her career provided news and public affairs broadcasts on National Public Radio and was a reporter on PBS’s MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour.

- Tim Russert, Buffalo native, who died suddenly at age 58. Known for 17 years as host of NBC’s Meet The Press, Russert – bringing the show to the top during his tenure – previously was a counselor in New York Governor Mario Cuomo’s office, during the 1980s.

- William Shatner, star of Star Trek and whose acting career included the acclaimed movie Judgement At Nuremberg.

- Robert Wright, born in Hempstead, Long Island, who spent most of his career at General Electric, and after the GE acquisition of NBC, became NBC president and chief operating officer, succeeding Grant Tinker. He was responsible for and oversaw NBC’s acquisition of one of America’s two Spanish language networks, Telemundo and has overseen NBC’s wide expansion in the high tech and multichannel age, including creation and development of CNBC and MSNBC.

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Media Briefing for Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday, September 29th, 2008

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Leading With Kindness is a new book coauthored by Thirteen/WNET president emeritus Bill Baker and Michael O’Malley, which describes how treating employees well brings loyalty and top quality performances from employees. Dr. Baker appeared on the NBC Today show this morning, and this Today link provides video of the interview. Examples of companies that have treated employees well and succeeded overwhelmingly are Google and Bloomberg News, notes Dr. Baker, who also appears tomorrow 10 to 11 a.m. on the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC-AM 820 and WNYC-FM 93.9 New York. Conversely, bad bosses sap energy from employees and the workplace, says the Washington Post.

The local NBC stations are seeing a tremendous negative effect from the financial crisis, reports Bloomberg News.

Television is testing the limits of conservative Arabic societies, with its depictions of wine and sexuality, reports the New York Times.

Who won Friday’s presidential debate? The TV pundits don’t agree on a winner. Associated Press reports.

A cable watchdog group and Connecticut’s attorney general are fighting to get Cablevision to hand out more free digital converters to its Connecticut customers when it digitizes the public access channels for all its franchises this year, reports the Connecticut Post.

Google has taken the unusual step of publicly opposing Proposition 8, an upcoming ballot initiative that would ban same-sex marriage in California. The initiative has quickly become a bitter and divisive political fight, with California becoming a battleground as donations pour in from around the nation. Same-sex marriage became legal in California in June after the state Supreme Court ruled a ban was unconstitutional, setting the stage for the ballot proposal that would make same-sex marriage illegal. Google routinely and robustly exerts political influence in Washington in the realm of technology and energy. But it rarely ventures into social issues that can be a lightning rod for criticism, says the Los Angeles Times Is Hollywood afraid of Proposition 8? The Los Angeles Times reports.

Growing interest in cultural pursuits, diversity, authenticity and social responsibility is changing the way companies need to reach consumers, a new book argues. In the book, RenGen: The Rise of the Cultural Consumer and What It Means to Your Business (Platinum Press), author Patricia Martin cites early and more recent examples, like Absolut Vodka’s advertising collaboration with Andy Warhol and Starbucks? promotion of socially responsible practices. The New York Times reports.

We are a nation divided by buttons on the TV remote control, says the Denver Post.

There is a new battleground for “malware” such as worms and viruses: the cellular telephone, says the San Jose Mercury News.

As the crisis unfolded, the Web sites of troubled financial institutions seemed oblivious. The New York Times reports.

Watching the world react to the election drama on Twitter’s new politics site offers a window onto a new medium of live mass communication, says the New York Times.

Japan’s online social scene isn’t so social, says Associated Press.

A new Web site, Money Aisle, hopes to bring competitive selling – and possible good deals for shoppers – to those looking to invest a nest egg in an account at an attractive rate. The New York Times reports.

An East Hartford, Connecticut man has been sentenced in federal court to two years in federal prison for pirating more than 8,000 copies of TV shows and movies and selling them on eBay for more than $100,000. Associated Press reports.

Sanyo has tripled its television set models – to three. Sanyo is trying to increase its tiny share of the U.S. projection TV market with three new models. The New York Times reports.

Hollywood’s latest series are on the Web, says the Los Angeles Times.

Apple has made iTunes more accessible for the visually impaired, says Associated Press.

The music is being moved wirelessly from gadgets to the stereo, says the New York Times.

Don’t discard old cellular telephones, says the Chicago Tribune.

Don’t make your fingers do the work. Talk to your cellular telephone, says the New York Times.

Many Internet sites make it a snap to get hard copies of your digital pictures, but price and quality can vary widely, says the Boston Globe.

In industries from technology to finance to sales, nonassigned work spaces – also known as nonterritorial work spaces, mobile platforms and hot desks – are gaining popularity. The New York Times reports.

A new website from the U.K., What’s Next?, aims to reduce the isolation, fear and myths gay men deal with when there are first diagnosed with HIV. GayNZ.com reports.

A ‘substantive’ press is taken for a spin, says the Washington Post.

There is a wide assortment of formats on radio stations on the Internet, says TechCrunch.

TiVo is offering TV on a PC – in joint venture, says Associated Press and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Now is the time for TV viewers without cable or satellite to get a digital converter box. It will increase the number of channels the viewer can see, among other things. The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

John McCain and Barack Obama ads are appearing on the evening network newscasts, says Associated Press.

Tina Fey is Sarah Palin on NBC’s Saturday Night Live – again. Associated Press reports.

In a new documentary on HBO, Bill Maher questions whether organized religion is a good thing, says the San Francisco Chronicle.

Nielsen Media Research compares the 57 million who watched the McCain-Obama debate Friday night with TV audiences since 1976. Media Post.com reports.

What you need to know about music on MySpace is detailed in eMarketer.

AT&T has dumped Dish satellite TV for DirecTV, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The family of a Chicago suburban resident, Craig Stebic, alleges in a lawsuit that Chicago CBS station WBBM-TV Channel 2 parent CBS and several of its Channel 2 reporters inflicted “severe emotional distress” by erroneously implying there was an inappropriate relationship between Stebic and former NBC WMAQ-TV Channel 5 reporter Amy Jacobson. The Chicago Tribune reports.

NBC’s Tom Brokaw interviewing Barack Obama is featured in a new Obama political TV ad, says TV Newser.

A U.S. House committee investigation of the FCC, and a report is likely to follow, but not a hearing, says Broadcasting & Cable.

Longtime noncommercial classical WCNY-FM 91.3 Syracuse VP/Radio Operations and on-air personality Don Dolloff is retiring on October 7th after 34 years at the station. Dolloff started in radio while a student at Harvard in 1965, working at the school’s noncommercial WHRB 95.3 Cambridge and crosstown classical WCRB 102.5. After serving in the Air Force, he went for a graduate degree at Syracuse University, where he began working at WCNY. He became station manager in 2004 and took his present position in 2005. All Access reports. (scroll down)

Like it or not, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom is featured TV ads supporting the anti-gay marriage Proposition 8, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

An amateur radio test for a simulated hurricane over the weekend is being called a success, says the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.

A producer of medical newscasts is turning the focus to Internet consumers. The Orlando Sentinel reports.

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Media Briefing for Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday, September 26th, 2008

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NBC says local TV is being profoundly affected by the economic downturn, reports Reuters.

Kentucky Fried Chicken is concerned that 90210 on the CW network may be too racy. In a statement KFC spokesman Rick Maynard says, “Our media department has been in touch with CW regarding 90210, and we are closely monitoring its content going forward to determine if additional action is required on our part, including potentially pulling our advertising from the program.” Advertising Age reports.

John McCain will be at tonight’s televised debate with Barack Obama, say Associated Press and the Washington Post.

Maybe John McCain is a television marketer in addition to being a politician, says Media Post.com.

The University Of Mississippi campus where the televised debate is being be held tonight at 9 p.m. is buzzing, says Associated Press.

The debate uncertainty kept the political stakes high. The major TV networks and the commission sponsoring tonight’s debate between Obama and McCain were proceeding on the assumption McCain would show up in the end. As it turned out, and they were correct. The Los Angeles Times reports.

There are some dubious claims in Barack Obama’s campaign ads. Despite a vow of truth, there are some misleading attacks, says the New York Times.

John McCain announced he is suspending his campaign until Congress approves a financial bailout settlement, but even so, appeared on the three evening network newscasts, according to the Washington Independent.

David Letterman reported on his show that John McCain called to say that because of the financial emergency, he could not be on the show, and was flying back to Washington, but Letterman says he learned McCain actually went over to be on the CBS Evening News With Katie Couric. The Christian Science Monitor and the Chicago Tribune report. Letterman said he felt like an “ugly date,” reports Associated Press.

John McCain’s suspension of his campaign is examined by the Washington Post.

Two liberal political action committees are making an issue of John McCain’s past bouts with skin cancer in a television commercial that features his facial scar and demands that the Republican presidential nominee release his medical records to the public. Associated Press reports.

Judy Woodruff of PBS says the media must press Sarah Palin to do a news conference, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

In an interview on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, Sarah Palin said the U.S. has achieved victory in Iraq, reports the Washington Post.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is addressing a gathering of Republican activists at a Watch-The-Debate get-together tonight at the Anaheim Marriott, but the event is closed to the press. The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is getting his own show on the Fox News Channel, reports Associated Press.

NBC’s Saturday Night Live is turning politics into gold. Ratings are up 50% from one year ago. Variety reports.

The political campaigns are spending big money on central Florida media, including local broadcast and cable TV, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

When NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports on the current financial crisis – or on anything that relates to the crisis, which is, these days, a lot – there is an excessively large elephant in the control room. Its name is Alan Greenspan, who happens to be Andrea Mitchell’s spouse. The Columbia Journalism Review reports.

A coalition of Spanish-language media and community organizations has kicked off a massive voter registration drive, aiming to register nearly one million Hispanic voters. Hispanics have long been seen as a potentially powerful voting force, but that promise has yet to fully materialize. Associated Press reports.

Radio and TV stations are feeling the heat for running so-called 527 political ads, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Political operatives say politics – including TV and radio advertising – is a dirty business, reports AdWeek.

The devastation in the Houston – Galveston has been forgotten on national TV because of the financial crisis, reports the Houston Chronicle.

The Charlotte Observer has laid off its local black columnist, says the Maynard Institute Web site.

The Swedish government is proposing changes to its eavesdropping laws after widespread public protests. The proposed changes include requiring a court order for eavesdropping on international phone calls, e-mails and faxes. The changes also specify that the Swedish National Defense Radio Establishment can eavesdrop only in cases of suspected “external military threats” rather than just suspected “external threats.” Associated Press reports.

Arbitron is opposing a petition to the FCC asking that the commission investigate Arbitron’s Portable People Meter system for gathering ratings data, reports All Access. (scroll down)

The National Association of Black-Owned Broadcasters says it is pleased with the New York City Council’s unanimous for a resolution calling on the FCC to investigate Arbitron’s PPM and its potential impact on radio’s diversity of radio. All Access reports. (scroll down)

AM towers are vertical real estate. Tower leases can provide their broadcast owners with long-term cash flow, but broadcast owners need to watch out for certain pitfalls when making those deals. That was the essence of the session “Renting AM Towers to Non-Broadcasters – Practical Tips for Managers and Engineers” at the recent radio conference in Austin, Texas. Erwin Krasnow, an attorney with Garvey Schubert Barer, said he has clients who sold their stations, but kept the towers and make more money on the structures than they did when they were operating the station. With the transition to all digital TV in February, stations will be operating at 20% of their analog power, and digital signals will not go over mountains and hills the way analog signals do. One answer for TV broadcasters will be to establish translator and repeater stations, on their own channels and on other channels, and towers will be needed for those. Krasnow, along with his law firm partner Henry Solomon, are the authors of Broadcast Towers: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Money on Vertical Real Estate,available from the National Association Of Broadcasters. Radio World reports.

Is Madison Avenue killing the radio star? Media Daily News reports.

Hollywood wants Internet providers to block copyrighted files, says the New York Times.

Google TV is continuing to bloom, and has added Bloomberg News, says Media Daily News.

The agreement is designed to settle how the industry calculates royalty rates for limited downloads and music that is streamed online, reports Reuters.

Digg is aiming to raise its profile, says the San Jose Mercury News.

Yahoo is overhauling its system for selling display advertising, reports the New York Times.

Research In Motion’s stock shares declined on worries about sales, say the Wall Street Journal and Reuters.

Twitter is introducing a new page where people can express their views about politics, 140 characters at a time, reports the New York Times.

The National Venture Capital Association has produced its first online video. The video spoofs the fund-raising process, following the desperate protagonist to an Entrepreneurs Anonymous meeting. It might amuse those in Silicon Valley who recognize the deal makers who double as actors in the skit. The New York Times reports.

Google wants the FCC to act on the white spaces issue before election day, says Dow Jones news.

The FCC deleted consideration of the rule change that would formally allow FM translators to be used to rebroadcast AM stations from yesterday’s open meeting agenda late yesterday, and the item does not appear on the tentative agenda for October 15′s open meeting. The agenda for October does not carry any radio items. Presently, FM translators are being approved for AM station rebroadcasts on an individual basis using Special Temporary Authority. One example is in Orange County, New York where Warwick AM station WTBQ 1110 broadcasts on a low power FM translator at 99.1 FM. All Access reports. (scroll down)

The FCC has revived its emergency communications plan, says Associated Press.

The FCC is proposing easing wireless spectrum bids, says Reuters.

The FCC will review the latest plan by Sprint Nextel to vacate a key section of the airwaves for public safety use, says Reuters.

Two wireless mergers top the FCC’s to-do list, says the Wall Street Journal.

FCC chairman Kevin Martin wants to give LPTV stations must-carry status, report MultiChannel News and Broadcasting & Cable.

New National Association of Broadcasters Public Service Announcements point out that the outdoor antenna is key in picking up DTV signals over the air, says Television Business Report.

A new eMarketer report analyzes the new trends, tactics and tools that are reshaping the way retailers do business, online and off.

One Web Day, an ‘Earth Day’ for the Internet, celebrates online activism.The San Jose Mercury News reports.

John Lilly became chief executive of Mozilla Corporation in January, moving up from his role as chief operating officer. He’s been with the company that created the open-source Firefox browser since 2005, the year Firefox 1.5 was released. Before Firefox, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer dominated the Web. Now Microsoft’s share is down and Mozilla’s share is 20 percent. John Lilly is interviewed by the San Jose Mercury News

Independent music labels say there’s little equity in their dealings with MySpace, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The Nielsen Company says product placements for the first half of 2008 fell by almost 15% on primetime programming for the 11 measured networks on broadcast and cable television. Broadcast television placements grew by almost 12%, while placements on cable television declined by 20%. Media Post reports.

How can the teenaged market be sold on milk, reports the New York Times.

Los Angeles 50,000 watt AM clear channel station KFI 640 has returned to its full power, after putting its new tower into operation, reports All Access reports. (scroll down) The old tower had been knocked down 4 years ago in a plane crash.

Controversial talk show host Brad Davis of Hartford, Connecticut AM station WDRC 1360 is marking 50 years on the air, says the Hartford Courant.

The only U.S. stop for the Leonardo show is at the Tech Museum in San Jose, California, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

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