FCC Chief Wants To Ease TV Station Cross Ownership With Radio And Newspapers

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is prepared to junk federal rules that limit companies from owning TV and radio stations in the same market — and go half way in doing the same for TV stations and newspapers. He’s circulating a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would wipe out the TV-newspaper restriction in the 20 largest markets, trade magazine Broadcasting and Cable reports citing “a person familiar with the document.” But it would keep a test that could block a combo in smaller markets if it would result in  less local news, less diversity of voices, or too much concentration of economic power. Genachowski’s proposal sounds a lot like the standard that former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, a Republican, pushed through in 2008. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit overturned those rules this past July, saying that Martin hadn’t given the public enough time to weigh in on them. Public interest advocates who want to preserve cross-ownership restrictions applauded the court decision. Newspaper and broadcast owners say that mergers are needed to preserve local newsrooms as their companies compete against a massive number of national news competitors on cable TV and the Internet. As part of the rulemaking process, the FCC will ask whether stations skirt the ownership limits Read More »

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NPR CEO Resigns Over Hidden-Camera Gate

By | Wednesday March 9, 2011 @ 7:14am PST
Nellie Andreeva

NPR is embroiled in yet another scandal as pressure from conservatives mounts to de-fund the public radio broadcaster. NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned this morning as a fallout of conservative activist James O’Keefe posting a hidden-camera video of … Read More »

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NPR Exec Who Fired Juan Williams Resigns

By | Thursday January 6, 2011 @ 11:55am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: On Fox News’ America Live, Juan Williams reacted to the resignation of NPR’s Ellen Weiss, the executive who fired him, and discussed the future of NPR. He didn’t have many nice things to say (video below):
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Networks Rush To Sign ‘Golden Voice’ Homeless Man & YouTube Star Ted Williams

By | Wednesday January 5, 2011 @ 1:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

He has already been compared to Susan Boyle, another unassuming middle-aged person with a great voice who hit worldwide stardom via YouTube. Now Ted Williams, a homeless Ohio man showing off his great radio voice for a buck  alongside a city street, has become an overnight sensation after the Columbus … Read More »

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Howard Stern Gives Sirius/XM Radio Another 5 Years

By | Thursday December 9, 2010 @ 5:33am PST
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Howard Stern put his staff out of its misery today by telling them he has signed a 5-year extension with Sirius XM Satellite Radio. The show, which is a joy to subscribers (like myself) because the lack of FCC supervision … Read More »

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CNN Axes Anchor Rick Sanchez After Anti-Jew & Anti-Jon Stewart Rant On The Radio

Nellie Andreeva

CNN today fired anchor Rick Sanchez a day after Sanchez assailed The Daily Show host John Stewart as a “bigot” and suggested that CNN and the other networks are run by Jews. Sanchez made his rant Thursday on the Sirius XM radio show “Stand Up! with Pete Dominick”. CNN acted within 24 hours. … Read More »

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Rush Limbaugh: The Movie?

By | Thursday June 3, 2010 @ 12:15pm PDT
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limbaughrush_w1He’s the country’s top-rated talk radio host, beacon of conservatives, a lightning rod for controversy. Is Rush Limbaugh movie material?

Writer/producer James Sclafani thinks so, and has written a feature film about Limbaugh’s life that is in the process of being packaged … Read More »

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R.I.P. Art Linkletter

By | Wednesday May 26, 2010 @ 2:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Popular radio and TV host Art Linkletter died today in Bel Air at age 97. Canadian-born Linkletter was best known for hosting two long-running TV shows, CBS’ House Party and NBC’s People Are Funny. “Throughout Art’s 60 years in show business, he remained one of the most respected and beloved media … Read More »

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Baba Booey Signs Big Book Deal For Fall

By and | Wednesday April 28, 2010 @ 12:14pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Wow, everyone connected with Howard Stern just keeps getting richer and richer (in addition to the King Of All Media himself, of course). gary stern 3The Howard Stern Show’s longtime radio producer, Gary Dell’Abate, has just signed a … Read More »

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Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion Skeds “Summer Love” 25-City Tour

By | Wednesday April 14, 2010 @ 2:33pm PDT

garrison-keillor(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) On August 10, Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion “Summer Love” Tour kicks off a 25-city run that will take the popular radio host and his pals from East Coast to West Coast, Texas to Minnesota.

This concert

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EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Lopez And Sony Music Epic Records Part Ways; New Album “Love?” Won’t Be Released; Is It Amicable?

By | Monday February 22, 2010 @ 12:03pm PST

JENNIFER LOPEZ 2Jennifer Lopez has spent most of her singing career at Sony Music Epic Records. The bland version of what happened, I’m told, is that the contract period had ended and that Lopez had fulfilled it with her … Read More »

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Air America Radio To Stop B’casting Today

By | Thursday January 21, 2010 @ 2:50pm PST
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    Plug For Jr Hollywood Radio & TV Society

    By | Thursday November 19, 2009 @ 12:03pm PST

    You know I’m a shameless whore when it comes to videos mentioning me… But the 8th annual Junior Hollywood Radio and Television Society Holiday Party benefitting Feeding America on December 3rd is a good cause. The past two years have seen big increases in the JHRTS membership base, and the … Read More »

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    Hollywood Beat Reporter Cut From NPR

    By | Wednesday December 10, 2008 @ 5:14pm PST

    Today’s massive layoffs at National Public Radio is Hollywood correspondent Kim Masters who has specialized in the entertainment biz for Morning Edition and All Things Considered since 2003.

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    Who You Gonna Call? Sandy Litvack?

    By | Tuesday September 9, 2008 @ 5:18pm PDT

    Sandy Litvack used to be one of Michael Eisner’s most trusted advisers at the Walt Disney Co. He’s now one of the U.S. government’s. That’s because the Justice Department has hired the Century City lawyer with Hogan & Hartson as an outside consultant on a possible federal antitrust challenge … Read More »

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    Lawsuit (And Every Film Critic) Says ‘Disturbia’ Ripped Off ‘Rear Window’

    By | Monday September 8, 2008 @ 3:23pm PDT

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    Inexplicable why it took until today for this lawsuit to be filed in Manhattan federal court because it was a total “duh”. Here’s the backstory: the Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust holds the copyright to the short story by Cornell Woolrich which is the basis for the 1954 suspense classic Rear Read More »

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    Pellicano/Christensen Trial Goes To Jury

    By | Wednesday August 27, 2008 @ 11:29am PDT

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    The conspiracy and wiretapping case against ex-Hollywood P.I. Anthony Pellicano and Terry Christensen, the managing partner of the powerhouse … Read More »

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    ‘Valkyrie’ Nazi Extras Sue Tom’s UA Studio

    By | Monday August 25, 2008 @ 11:02pm PDT

    There’s more bad news for the movie studio part-owned by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner with MGM. Last summer, 11 extras dressed in Nazi army uniforms fell out of the back of a World War II-era troop carrier truck as it … Read More »

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    SHOCKER! Chris Albrecht Is Out At IMG

    By | Tuesday August 12, 2008 @ 3:30pm PDT

    EXCLUSIVE: I’m told it was decided Friday that Chris Albrecht would exit IMG and the settlement was negotiated over the weekend and concluded today. So what happened 11 months after he went there with such fanfare after being axed from HBO in … Read More »

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