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Kevin Martin: My New Hero

(18) Comments | Posted December 18, 2007 | 5:00 PM

I was pretty indifferent to the outcome of the FCC's vote on relaxing the cross-ownership ban but I felt strongly that the vote take place on schedule. The inaction that I have witnessed for years has been remarkable. The fact that the FCC voted to repeal the ban on cross...

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Newspapers Matter

(23) Comments | Posted November 16, 2007 | 1:05 PM

Reviving my role as a Wall Street equity analyst, I conducted an interview with the publisher and the editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer as part of a small fundraiser for the Cleveland Film Society. While the formal discussion probably lasted 45 minutes, the conversation continued throughout the remainder of...

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Cross Ownership: 1 + 1 + 1.1

(3) Comments | Posted November 16, 2007 | 1:01 PM

The FCC has been asked to review cross ownership restrictions between various mediums a number of times over the last few years. The dual trends of media outlet proliferation and media conglomerate concentration has made this a contentious and politicized issue and as a result there has been no changes...

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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

(62) Comments | Posted November 8, 2007 | 2:05 PM

The Writers Guild strike is likely to backfire. At a time when there is no clear successful economic model for distributing content online, but plenty of folks who think they are creative and now have a platform to establish their ten minutes of fame, there is inherent risk in a...

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Was GoogleNews' News News?

(17) Comments | Posted August 11, 2007 | 7:27 PM

The amount of media attention awarded to GoogleNews' announcement that it was going to accept comments from parties involved with the news story would have suggested to me that it was either an important announcement and/or controversial. Instead, I believe it was attributable more to the media's fascination with itself...

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Growing Pains

(14) Comments | Posted August 10, 2007 | 2:05 PM

What do corporations, parents and President Bush have in common? A goal of life without any growing pains. So it was with keen interest that I read yesterday about President Bush's view that lenient credit had helped foster an over ebullient housing market, but no intervention was necessary as the...

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The Devil You Know

(22) Comments | Posted July 31, 2007 | 7:24 PM

One can forgive the Bancroft family for actually thinking they have a choice. Think about it. When the company went public, the family was able to maintain control despite selling an economic interest to the public. They did this by issuing two classes of stock and retaining a voting majority....

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