July 30th, 2009

Media Briefing for Thursday, July 23, 2009

From the 1941 issue of Broadcasting Yearbook, page 312:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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