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FCC Approves Sirius-XM Merger In 3-2 Vote

AP | JOHN DUNBAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Federal regulators formally approved the merger of the nation's only two satellite radio operators Friday, ending a 16-month-long dr...

XM plus Sirius = Satellite Radio Monopoly

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Now, after several years of competition between XM and Sirius, there will be one satellite radio company -- a monopoly created by the federal government. And you don't need me to tell you how strange that is.

Sirius-XM Merger Close To Approval After Companies Agree To $20M Fine

AP | JOHN DUNBAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — Approval of a merger of the nation's only two satellite radio companies was imminent Thursday after the pair agreed to pay $19.7 mi...

Keeping Abreast of Decency

Sam Greenfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sam Greenfield

If you can't explain the emergence of a breast on the tube for half a second to your kid, then your kid can probably explain it to you.

Sirius-XM Merger Hangs In The Balance As FCC Split Down Party Lines

AP | JOHN DUNBAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — The proposed merger of the Sirius and XM satellite radio companies appeared close to final approval Wednesday, with the sole undeci...

Court Tosses FCC "Wardrobe Malfunction" Fine Against CBS

AP | JOANN LOVIGLIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Among the most notorious on-screen gaffes ever, Janet Jackson's breast-baring "wardrobe malfunction" on CBS during the 2004 Super ...

Netroots Should Tend To The Net's Roots

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

No discussion of the Internet should be complete without a discussion of preserving and protecting the online environment. The big telecom and cable companies want to control which data goes faster.

Unhappy Birthday Pacifica

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Leslie Harris

Today, the media landscape barely resembles that of the late '70s, but the so-called "pervasiveness" concept arising from Pacifica -- the idea that broadcasting is an unstoppable "intruder" in the home -- lives on.

The Question Carlin Left Behind: What is Obscenity?

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Danny Schechter

Comic social commentators like George Carlin, Lenny Bruce and mavericks like New York's Ugly George have been uncturing the pervasive hypocrisy on the issue of obscenity laws.

FCC Says It May Crack Down On Product Placements In TV Shows

AP | JOHN DUNBAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — A stealthy form of advertising in which products are featured on television shows as props and even woven into story lines has draw...

Is the Tyranny of Right-Wing Radio Coming to an End?

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rory O'Connor

Conservative fears of an impending Democratic attack on right-wing talk radio continue to escalate, despite ample evidence that such an assault is unlikely to occur.

FCC Suddenly Relevant As It Approaches 74th Birthday

New York Sun | Harold Furchtgott-Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Tomorrow marks the 74th anniversary of the Communications Act of 1934, the legal framework for federal regulation of all manner of communications thro...

FCC Chief Approves Sirius, XM Radio Merger

AP | JOHN DUNBAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission says he is satisfied the $3.8 billion merger of the nation's only two satelli...

Senate Votes to Reverse FCC Decision Allowing Media Consolidation

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Silver

The Senate's vote reflects growing awareness -- in Congress and with average Americans -- of the perils of concentrated media ownership.

The Media Shopoholic Strikes Again

Marvin Kitman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marvin Kitman

Whenever Murdoch is depressed, my studies over the years as a media pathologist find, he has what he calls "an expansionist lunge." And when he's in one of them he can't be outbid.

TMZ, 700 Club Pass FCC's News Test: "Bona Fide Newscasts"

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In a development certain to astonish, the FCC has ruled that Fox's "TMZ" and the Christian Broadcast Network's "The 700 Club" are "bona fide newscasts...

Big Media Continues to Fight Against Net Neutrality

Jonathan Rintels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jonathan Rintels

It's time for the government to implement reasonable oversight that protects consumers and content creators, and preserves the open Internet we enjoy today.

FCC Chief: No Need To Make Internet Regulations More Clear, Open

AP | JOHN DUNBAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin said Tuesday his agency has all the authority it needs to prevent Internet ...

See Who's Beating Up On Google Now

Portfolio | Sam Gustin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

What do Cliff Stearns, John Shimkus, and Fred Upton have in common? They're all members of the House telecommunications subcommittee, and they've eac...

Comcast Refuses To Attend FCC Hearing

Portfolio.com | Sam Gustin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, has opted to sit out tomorrow's Federal Communications Commission hearing on broadband network management...

Back to the Most Important Story in the Country, After a Word from Our Sponsors

Patt Morrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Patt Morrison

Rather than rolling over to the privatizing of public discourse, the FCC should muster some guts and insist that networks, broadcast and cable, take turns broadcasting presidential debates in real time, commercial-free, to the entire nation.

Justice Dept. Sues News Corp For Refusing To Pay FCC Fine

AP | JOHN DUNBAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — In an unusual move, the Justice Department sued Fox Broadcasting Co. and another broadcaster Friday to collect $56,000 in fines for...

Fox Refuses To Pay FCC Fine For 2003 Reality Show Sex Scenes

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fox Broadcasting said on Monday that it would not pay fines totaling $91,000 for broadcasting a reality show episode that included ...

Handicapping The Race To Replace Kevin Martin As FCC Chair

The Hollywood Reporter | Brooks Boliek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON -- The spoils system might not be what it was when Sen. William Marcy, D-N.Y., inadvertently gave it its name in his 1832 "To the victor go...

Sirius-XM Merger Gets Federal Approval

AP | JOHN DUNBAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Monday approved Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.'s proposed $5 billion buyout of rival XM Satellite Radio Hold...