Ellen Wartella has devoted her entire career to fighting violence on TV. She is an expert on the effects of media on children, including the negative effects of violence, and she was a prominent researcher in the National Television Violence Study of the 1990s. Now she has just been named to a new position. She is currently a co-principal researcher in the Children’s Digital Media Center, and has just been named a fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media in the Pittsburgh area, according to Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
In a move to combat crime and improve security, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is placing streaming video cameras and transmitters on city buses, so the insides of the buses may be monitored visually all the time. The streaming video will be transmitted to computers in CTA offices and security vehicles, allowing them to respond quickly, reports the Chicago Tribune.
There is a troubling forecast for advertising for 2007 for the old-line media, but not for the on-line media, reports the New York Times.
The line is blurring between television and the internet. The Washington Post reports the two are converging.
NBC has introduced a new daytime show that began this week allowing viewers to be interactive. SF Gate.com says the show, iVillage Live, is being seen in select cities, including San Francisco, and allows viewers to post photographs and videos so they can be seen on television.
A Japanese group has asked YouTube to stop uploading videos of copyrighted works, reports Associated Press.
Millions of cellular telephones are pouring into India and Southeast Asia, reports the San Jose Mercury.
Veteran sound engineer Tony Bongiovi for decades was disappointed with the quality of sound coming from speakers. Now he has created a chip that provides very high quality sound for listening to music, and it is featured in the JVC car stereo system, according to Associated Press.
While reality shows have faded somewhat in popularity among adults, they are still the favorites among 2 to 11 year olds. Shows such as Dancing With The Stars, Survivor and American’s Funniest Home Videos are among the most popular for children 11 and under, according to Media Life Magazine.
The FCC is holding another of its public hearings on media consolidation, this coming Monday, in Nashville, Tennessee. The hearing will feature testimony from a number of country and western music singers, according to the Hollywood Reporter. While many are expressing great concern about the negative effects of media consolidation, one Washington-based think tank is calling for the elimination of all government rules on media ownership. An executive of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market think tank in Washington, wants an end to all regulation, as stated in his opinion piece in Denver’s Rocky Mountain News. But the Seattle Times editorial page disagrees, saying a strong message was sent at last Thursday’s open forum on media consolidation held in Seattle. The effects are negative, says the Seattle Times.
Doctor Nicholas Perricone’s Seven Secrets To Beauty, Health and Longevity are featured in a PBS special. Bloomberg News says the telecast is here just in time for the holidays.
Austin City Limits, a fixture on PBS for more than three decades, is getting a new studio. Willy Nelson will be a partner, a aprt-owner of the new studio which opens in 2010, according to the Associated Press.
Changes at the top at C-SPAN have been announced, but Brian Lamb, just turning 65, remains on board, according to the Associated Press.
Rene Syler, a member of the four-person anchor team for the CBS Morning News , is leaving the ratings-challenged broadccast. Rene will depart later this month, just before Christmas, according to the Associated Press. Meanwhile the Today show marked its 11th consecutive year as the number one network TV morning show. That’s 572 weeks, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Why is NBC challenging the license renewal of Spanish language KAZA channel 54 Los Angeles? It is the culmination of a long-simmering bitter rivalry between NBC, owner of Telemundo, and TV Azteca, the Mexican based owner of KAZA, reports the Miami Herald.
AskCity is a new website just launched by entertainment magnate Barry Diller. It features directories of information, maps and events calendars for major U.S. cities, according to Lost Remote.com
FM stations across the nation are running a format of all Christmas music until Christmas day, including New York’s top-rated WLTW 106.7. Now, XM satellite radio is running an all Channukah music channel, according to DCRTV.com
Baltimore’s CBS-owned WJZ-TV channel 13 is red faced over a report about Michael Richards appearing in blackface. The Baltimore Sun reports the station ran a news promo that erroneously stated that Richards, recently captured on a video using the “n” word at a standup comedy routine, had appeared in blackface at a celebrity roast for Whoopi Goldberg.
Howard Stern’s touted move to Sirius satellite radio brought a spike in sales of Sirius radio receivers earlier this year. But now sales have leveled off, and sales for the holiday season which began Thanksgiving weekend are lower than had originally been projected, report Reuters and Bloomberg News.
ESPN is buying a London-based sports channel to, among other things, bring more American sports to television in Europe, reports the Associated Press/