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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...

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Patt Morrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
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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...

FCC Nearing Decision On Sirius-XM Merger

Wall Street Journal | Sarah McBride and Amy Schatz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin asked his staff to draft documents on the planned merger of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM...

FCC's Profanity Case Against Fox, Cher, Nicole Richie Heading To Supreme Court

AP | JOHN DUNBAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will decide whether it is indecent when some foul-mouthed celebrity drops the "F-word" on live television, steppi...

F.C.C. Chairman: Comcast "Packing" No Big Deal

Portfolio | Sam Gustin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Federal Communications Commission acknowledges that Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, paid people to attend last week's public meeting ...

Comcast Floods FCC Hearing With Paid Placeholders: Critics

Portfolio | Sam Gustin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

How big are the stakes in the so-called network neutrality debate now raging before Congress and federal regulators? Consider this: One side in the d...

ABC Affiliates Defend NYPD Blue Buttocks Scene To FCC

Broaddcasting Cable | John Eggerton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The 50 ABC affiliates hit with indecency fines over a February 2003 episode of NYPD Blue filed an appeal with the Federal Communications Commission, t...

FCC Seeks To Fine ABC $1.4M For Indecent "NYPD Blue" Episode

AP | AMY SCHATZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a $1.4 million fine against 52 ABC Television Network stations over a 2003 broad...

FCC Approves $19M Clear Channel Buyout

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Federal Communications Commission has signed off on the $19.5 billion deal that will take the nation's largest radio broadcaster private, an agenc...

FCC Chairman Defends Media Ownership Rules

AP | JOHN DUNBAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Republican chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is disputing Democratic assertions that a new rule loosening restrictions on media ow...

FCC Chief "Defiant," Refuses To Delay Consolidation Vote

Los Angeles Times | Jim Puzzanghera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Facing growing criticism of his agenda and tactics, a defiant Kevin J. Martin, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, refused senators' re...

FCC Chief's Heavy Hand Draws Bi-Partisan Ire

Wall Street Journal | AMY SCHATZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Today, the Federal Communications Commission is set to ram through two measures likely to roil the media and telecommunications industries and deepen ...

FCC Expected To Approve Proposal Allowing Broadcasters To Own Newspapers

AP | John Dunbar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Despite intense political pressure, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to approve a proposal Tuesday that will allow broadcasters in th...

FCC Lifts 32-Year Old Consolidation Ban, Allows Broadcasters To Own Newspapers

AP | John Dunbar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Federal Communications Commission, overturning a 32-year-old ban, voted Tuesday to allow broadcasters in the nation's 20 largest media markets to ...

Ad Industry Increasingly Relying On 'Branded Entertainment' To Market Products

New York Times | LOUISE STORY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Advertising is often like a game of cat and mouse. Consumers try as hard as they can to run away from sales pitches and commercial jingles, so markete...

Rather To Testify On Media Consolidation

Broadcasting & Cable | John Eggerton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The House Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing Wednesday (Dec. 12) at 2 p.m. on media consolidation and former CBS anchor Dan Rather is leading the...

FCC Chief Martin Defends His Case For Consolidation

AP/Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The nation's top communications regulator Wednesday denied that his proposed media ownership rule has a major loophole that would allow newspapers and...

"Lone Operator" Martin The FCC's New Punching Bag

Los Angeles Times | Jim Puzzanghera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Critics usually blame Martin, a soft-spoken Republican known as a political tactician who has accomplished the rare feat of being criticized by all fo...

Congress Investigating FCC Chair Martin For "Abuse Of Power"

Los Angeles Times | Jim Puzzanghera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Two key House lawmakers announced Monday that they were investigating the Federal Communications Commission, accusing its chairman of "possible abuse ...

Major Defeat For Martin As FCC Scales Back His Cable Proposal

AP | Dibya Sarkar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The country's top communications regulator suffered a major defeat Tuesday night when fellow members of the Federal Communications Commission scuttled...