Media Briefing for Thursday, August 13, 2009

August 13th, 2009

Associated Press is to withhold some content from the AP wire. (Nieman Lab)

African American media are struggling to survive. (Public Radio international)

Long Island Public Radio, 25,000-watt FM station WLIU 88.3 Southampton, is in danger of closure October 3.
(Sag Harbor, Long Island Express)

General Electric is calling the Fox News Channel’s report on bombs patently false. (Associated Press)

CNN has banned radio talk show hosts from interviews on the all news cable channel. (TV Newser)

Facebook has bought Friendfeed. (San Jose Mercury News>

Old Google vs. new Google: Google wants your feedback. (Los Angeles Times)

Google has provided a peek into its new search engine. (Associated Press)

General Motors and eBay have launched on online sales site. (San Jose Mercury News)

Bogus fees are landing on telephone bills too easily. (Los Angeles Times)

Radio host Don Imus is in talks with the Fox Business Network about simulcasting his radio show on cable TV. (Los Angeles Times)

One of the 2 major all news stations in Los Angeles, KFWB 980, is dropping the format to switch to all-talk, with Doctor Laura Schlesinger leading the way. (Los Angeles Times)

The Saudi Arabians closed a TV station’s bureaus there after an on-air talk about sex. (Associated Press)

Glenn Beck’s statements that Barack Obama is an anti-white racist have cost him 3 major advertisers: Geico Insurance, Proctor & Gamble, and (San Francisco Chronicle) (Mediaite)

The Seattle Times has shown a sharp resurgence, with circulation up 30%. (New York Times)

The national newspaper group Journal Register Co. whose ownings include the Trentonian and New Haven Register, has emerged from bankruptcy. (Associated prerss)

Will Philadelphia be the first big city in the U.S. without a daily newspaper? (New York Times)

The threat to the survival of the nation’s newspaper is a threat to our democracy, according to Dan Rather. (Washington Post)

The newspaper union has won the right to see information anout the bonuses being granted to top executives at the bankrupt Tribune Co. (Associated Press)

Three listeners have come forward to say they received severe psychological damage participating in Sacramento FM station KDND 107.9’s contest Hold Your We for a Wii. (Sacramento Bee)

Is it a setback for sunshine in the land of the midnight sun – in state government in Alaska? A judge ruled Wednesday that the Alaska governor’s office can use private e-mail accounts to conduct state business, as former Governor Sarah Palin sometimes did. The case stemmed from a lawsuit filed by Anchorage resident Andree McLeod, who contended such use of private e-mails denies citizens the right to inspect public records. “I’m stunned,” she said after the decision. “I’m stunned that something as simple as no private e-mails should be used for state business has become such a complicated issue. (Associated Press)

TV anchor Charles Perez, who lost his job at Miami ABC affiliate WPLG channel 10, after filing a complaint about alleged anti-gay discrimination, speaks. (The Advocate)

The href=> Mentoring and Inspiring Women In Radio Group (MIW) has scheduled a “Speed Mentoring” Special Session on Wednesday. September 23rd, 2008, at the 2009 NAB Fall Radio Show in Philadelphia, in conjunction with the NABEF Career Day. The event will take place from 10:3011:45a in Franklin Room 3 inside the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel. The series of eight-minute advice sessions will be modeled after the widely successful “speed dating” concept. Attendees will be able to meet and speak “one-on-one” with members of the MIWs and other Industry leaders, who are top professionals in radio programming, sales, marketing and management. Upon the conclusion of the sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to network on-site. “We are thrilled to once again present this exciting event at the NABEF Career Day event,” MIW Radio Group spokesperson Heidi Raphael said. “It’s a terrific opportunity for attendees to speak with some of the top radio professionals in our industry.” (All Access)

Some TV shows are now being taped in Connecticut, including the Jerry Springer Show and Maury Povich, both at the Rich Forum in Stamford, and NBC’s Deal Or No Deal, taped at Solalysts in Waterford. (Hartford Courant)

Artists turn top the FCC in the performance fee dispute in radio. (Washington Post) (Reuters)

Public radio and the music industry have reached an agreement on fees. (paidContent)

Margaret Sullivan, 62, a producer at Maryland Public Television, died Tuesday after a short illness. She began her career as an actress and stage manager for the newly-formed Center Stage in Baltimore in 1969. Sullivan began her television career in the early 1970s as a camera operator and director of commercials for Channel 45/WBFF Baltimore. She left for MPT in 1976 and worked on shows such as Crabs, The Critics Place, and Weeknight Alive. She also was an associate producer for MPT’s On Stage At Wolf Trap. Working with Julia Child in the late 1990s, Sullivan produced Cooking With Master Chefs, Baking With Julia, and In Julia’s Kitchen With Master Chefs. Says MPT veteran Rhea Feikin, via the Baltimore Sun: “She was one of the most professional and generous producers I have ever worked with – and one of the nicest human beings I have known”. (DCRTV)

Aspiring independent filmmakers are paying for marketing and distributing their films on their own. (New York Times)

Michael Jackson’s earnings grow by millions after his death. (New York Times)

Facebook can threaten relationships, study says. (Los Angeles Times).

Cellular telephones are largely immune to viruses – for now. (New York Times)

Tighter cellphone laws might face static. (Washington Post)

Sony plans to adopt a common format for Ebooks. (New York Times)

Google tries to caffeinate search. (San Jose Mercury News) (Associated Press)

Getting your wireless network up to speed. (New York Times)

The Georgian blogger targeted by a cyber attack last week that affected millions of Internet users across the world said Wednesday that Russian hackers were to blame, but that he would not be silenced.The attack last week on the sole blogger took Twitter offline for several hours and caused problems for Facebook and online diary site LiveJournal.The target of the attack was identified as a Georgian blogger going by the name Cyxymu – Cyrillic spelling of the town Sukhumi, the rebel capital of Georgia’s breakaway Black Sea region of Abkhazia. (Reuters)

FM music radio host Dennis Elsas has an online archive of broadcasts from his 35 years of broadcasts at WNEW-FM 102.7 and WFUV 90.7 New York. (Dennis Elsas Archives)

In its final days, a Boston institution – WBCN 104.1 – rocks a final farewell. (Boston Globe)

At AOL, it’s politics daily, not hourly. (Washington Post)

Sirius XM satellite radio is offering $250 million in notes. (Associated Press)

PBS Asks: What’s New For Baby Boomers? (TV News Check)

Will the first Twitter opera be the last Twitter opera? (Los Angeles Times)

Study says 40% of Twitter is pointless babble. (San Francisco Chronicle)

New York state has fined a health insurer over misleading TV ads. (Associated Press)

U.S. postage stamps commemorate shows from the 1950s so-called golden era of TV. (Associated Press)

In Iraq, a TV station is fined for misquoting a government official. (Associated Press)

Morale is at an all-time low at the newsroom at San Francisco MyNetwork TV affiliate KRON channel 4. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Web site is staying in business. (Associated Press)

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s reelection campaign has launched a Web site. (Associated Press)

A hacker has hit the University Of California journalism school’s Web site (Associated Press)

Islamic hackers block a Web site in Kosovo. (Associated Press)