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Time to Pay Attention to the FCC, Again

July 2nd, 2006 · No Comments

In June, the FCC announced that it would be again reviewing media ownership rules that govern things like how many TV and radio stations a company can own, and the present cross-ownership ban between newspapers and broadcasters.
The last time the FCC tried to change media ownership rules back in 2003, they tried to do it on the sly, and ultimately raised the ire of the public, Congress, and the courts.

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Tags: FCC · Television News

Radio’s Shock and Awe(ful)

July 11th, 2004 · No Comments

In August 2002, they ran a contest called “Sex for Sam,” which involved participants winning a trip to the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston by having sex in “risky locations’ throughout New York City, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a zoo, Rockefeller Center, the Disney Store, and the FAO Schwarz toy store. Each of the five couples participating was assigned a “spotter” who called back to the station and engaged in on-air descriptions of the sexual activities with the hosts.

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Tags: FCC · Journalism Ethics · Media Economics

Cable TV a la carte

April 10th, 2004 · No Comments

Some channels can be free – such as the Home Shopping Network, which is essentially one nonstop commercial. Most channels charge roughly between 30 cents and $1. But, a few channels, mostly sports channels, charge $2 to $3 or more per subscriber. ESPN is most notorious among cable companies, as it has increased it per-subscriber fee more than 20 percent for each of the last five years.

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Tags: Cable Television · FCC