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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.
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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