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Entries from January 2004

A Second Look at Dean’s Rant

January 31st, 2004 · No Comments

I talked to a veteran Des Moines-based reporter who was there to cover the Dean post-caucus rally, and he said that Dean’s speech didn’t seem highly unusual, given the context of the event. It only seemed strange, he said, when he got back to the office and excerpted that specific piece of audio.

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Tags: Elections · Journalism Ethics

Watching the Tube in London

January 10th, 2004 · No Comments

In the U.K, the process starts with buying a TV. Then, you must pay, either in full, or quarterly or monthly, an annual TV license fee of about $205. (If you’re 75 or older, you get to watch for free.) Although this sounds odd, it’s the way TV is supported in the U.K. and most other European countries. In return for this, British citizens can receive for free on their digital antenna eight commercial-free BBC channels, more than 10 commercial-free digital radio channels, and dozens of additional commercially-supported television and radio stations. Like in the U.S., if you want more channels, you have to pay for cable or satellite services.

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Tags: Cable Television · International News · Media Economics