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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 ...

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...

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...

Even GOP Reacts Harshly To "Misguided" And "Harmful" FCC Chair Proposal

Financial Times | Stephanie Kirchgaessner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are seeking to rein in Kevin Martin, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission who is seeking to expa...

FCC Chief Proposes Corporate Ownership, Media Consolidation In NYT Op-Ed

New York Times | Kevin Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In many towns and cities, the newspaper is an endangered species. At least 300 daily papers have stopped publishing over the past 30 years. Those news...

XM/Sirius Merger Doesn't Solve As Many Problems As First Hoped

24/7 Wall Street | Douglas A. McIntyre | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The good news is that the FCC sent detailed questionnaires to XM Satellite (XMSR) and Sirius (SIRI) about their businesses in contemplation of decidin...

FCC Member Calls for News Corp.-WSJ Inquiry

Broadcasting & Cable | John Eggerton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Democratic Federal Communications Commission member Michael Copps asked FCC chairman Kevin Martin to open an inquiry into News Corp.'s purchase of The...

FCC Head Wants To Relax Media Ownership Rules

New York Times | Stephen Labaton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The head of the Federal Communications Commission has circulated an ambitious plan to relax the decades-old media ownership rules, including repealing...

Obama To FCC: Slow Down When Rewriting Media Ownership Rules

Broadcasting & Cable | John Eggerton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Presidential candidate and Illinois Democratic Sen. Barack Obama wants Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin to take a series of int...

FCC Proceeds With "No Child Left Behind" Fines

Broadcasting & Cable | John Eggerton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Federal Communications Commission issued its first fines for a station airing Armstrong Williams' Department of Education-paid-for plugs for its "...

US Justice Department Opposes Idea That All Data On Net Should Be Treated Equally

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The US Justice Department has said that internet service providers should be allowed to charge for priority traffic. The agency said it was opposed t...

Jackson's "Wardrobe Malfunction" Back In Legal Spotlight

AP Via Google | John Dunbar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

A federal appeals court on Tuesday will consider whether a notorious "wardrobe malfunction" that bared singer Janet Jackson's breast during a televise...