Media Briefing for Thursday, August 6, 2009

August 6th, 2009

The U.S. government weighs the risk of harm to civilians in cyber-warfare. (New York Times)

Wikipedia may be a font of facts, but it’s a desert for photographs. (New York Times)

Ken Burns of PBS, Charles Osgood of CBS, and Chris Rohrs of TVB are being honored October 1 as Giants Of Broadcasting by the Library of American Broadcasting. (TV Newser)

Mister Rogers has a whole new neighborhood – on the Web, on Fablevision. . (Boston Globe)

Free municipal wireless sounds like a great idea for Boston or San Francisco or Long Island, or any city or region that has already invested heavily in high-tech infrastructure. Too bad there’s no more money to pay for the last link of the chain. What went wrong? (Boston Globe)

Media tracks the shelf life of news stories in the media. (New York Times)

Two groups have submitted preliminary plan s to purchase and save the Boston Globe. (Boston Globe)

Carl-Henric Svanberg leaves Swidish telcom giant Ericsson to become chairman of British Petroleum. He speaks about Ericsson which among other things nasnages cellphone companies worldwide. (Boston Globe)

A court ruling in the U.K. has made it easier for a hacker’s extradition to the U.S., who American prosecutors say ius a cyber-terrorist. (New York Times)

Currently, most of the online world is based on trhe idea that consumers browse Web sites for free, and in return they give up data – which the sites use to aim their advertisements. The new head of the Federal Bureau of Consumer Protection says privacy policies have become useless, calling some online tracking “Orwellian.” (New York Times)

Gawkers blogs – for a time – are silenced by hackers. (New York Times)

Twitter is shut down for 2 hours by cyber attackers. (paidContent)

Twitter is shut down, and Facebookj is also slowed down in a cyber-attack. (Associated Press)

A Washington Post reporter says Gawker ripped off his story, and that this is nothing he can do about it, but that this phenomenon is destroying journalism. (Washington Post)

Sony is cytting e-book prices and offers to new readers. (New York Times)

It seems John Quincy Adams was way ahead of his time: his diary entries look like Tweets. (Associated Press)

Charlie Rose’s interview program will continue on PBS, but will additionally be seen on Bloomberg TV. (New York Times)

The Community Broadcasters Association – the trade group of LPTV stations – has closed. LPTV stations offer a wide variety of formats from local c0mnmunity programming such as that of WVVE channel 50 East Hampton, Long Island, to ethnic programming in New York City, to a major network programming in Binghamton. (TV News Check)

Both Hillary and Bill Clinton played roles in the release of 2 Current TV journalists from North Korea. (New York Tines)

Certain weak signal AM stations are being allowed to have FM translators to improve their signals and extend hours. One example is 250-watt daytime only Warwick, orange County, New York station WTBQ 1110, now broadcasting on an FM translator station as well, at 99.1. (Radio World)

John W. Kiermaier, who steered Thirteen/WNET, the New York area’s major public television station, through precarious financial times in the 1960s, died July 27 in Norwalk, Connecticut. He was 87 and had lived in Westport, Connecticut, until two years ago. He said channel 13, known as WNDT until 1970, came perilously close to the wire (New York Times)

The National Associated of Black journalists is meeting this week in Tampa, Florida. (Saint Petersburg Times)

Charles Perez is suing Miami ABC affiliate WPLG channel 10, saying he was demoted there because he is too gay on the air. He previously was an anchor and reporter at WABC-TV channel 7 New York and in 1995 had a nationally syndicated TV talk show. (Miami Herald)

Dan Rather is suing CBS CEO Les Moonves and former news chief Andrew Heywood, as part of his on-going legal battle with CBS. (Reuters)

Is Lou Dobbs challenging his own network? (Associated Press)

Luke Russert – son of Tim Russert – speaks. (Mediaite)

Broadcasting & Cable magazine – which began in 1931 as Broadcasting magazine – founded by former AP reporter Sol Taischoff – is for sale. Trade magazine Broadcasting & Cable is on the block, as parent Reed Elsevier says that it will sell off some of its American trade portfolio. The company will retain Variety, but will sell cable trade Multichannel News and Publishers Weekly as well as B&C, the pioneering trade for the broadcasting industry that has concentrated on television and regulation in recent decades. In addition, CEO Tad Smith is exiting the company, with CFO John Poulin appointed acting CEO. (All Access)

Local news comes to YouTube, via New York One and many others. (New York Times)

For the first time, in 8 years PBS gets full funding from the federal government. (Los Angeles Times)

Scott Lakefield gets promoted to program director of New York city 50,000 watt AM clear channel radio station WOR 710. (DCRTV)

On Long Island, there is a reunion of alumni of WHLI 1100 Hempstead and WKJY 98.3 Hempstead. This is Sunday, October 25 at 12 Noon. WHLI and WKJY both came on the air in 1947, 62 years ago. WHLI-AM has a strong signal over southern Connecticut and the entire Jersey shore, as well as Long Island. It comes in quite clearly all day in Bermuda, nearly 800 miles to the south/southeast of Long Island in the Atlantic Ocean.

Cablevision is selling off Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. (New York Times)

Ottawa, Ontario area viewers are getting to keep the signal and programming of WPBS-TV channel 16 Watertown, New York, after the threat it would be taken off the cable menu there is eliminated. (Ottawa Citizen)