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Comcast Goes to Washington... and Flops

Craig Aaron | Posted 06.10.2014 | Media
Craig Aaron

On day one, Comcast will control nearly 50 percent of the truly high-speed Internet market, and it will be the only broadband provider that can deliver Internet and pay-TV services to nearly four out of every 10 U.S. homes.

The FCC -- Actually Enforcing Its Own Rules?

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.11.2014 | Media
Sue Wilson

There is a new sheriff at the FCC, and it looks like Tom Wheeler is here to protect the townspeople, not the outlaws.

Will Murdoch Succeed in Burying his Past?

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.10.2014 | Media
Timothy Karr

Rupert Murdoch is plotting his empire's expansion -- growth that could include purchases of Tribune Company newspapers and, reportedly, Time Inc. But will 2014 be the year that the media mogul, who's skilled at reinventing himself and burying old mistakes, is finally held to account?

Five Questions for the Next FCC Chief

Timothy Karr | Posted 08.18.2013 | Media
Timothy Karr

Many in the public interest community see Wheeler's insider status as more of a minus than a plus. Wheeler's confirmation hearing in the Senate today is the nominee's best chance to prove these skeptics wrong.

Kochs and Cross-Ownership: Formula for a Weaker Democracy

Michael J. Copps | Posted 08.12.2013 | Media
Michael J. Copps

Hundt may want to debate whether it is better to have the Koch Brothers or Rupert Murdoch owning the Tribune newspaper chain. I say neither.

Hey, CJR; Let's Do the Time Warp Again!

Craig Aaron | Posted 02.25.2013 | Media
Craig Aaron

The only thing the FCC is doing is the one thing we know won't help the crisis in journalism: pushing more and more media consolidation. And that's what needs to be stopped.

Who's Afraid of Rupert Murdoch?

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.10.2012 | Media
Timothy Karr

The answer: the Federal Communications Commission and Congress.

How Will the Murdoch Implosion Be Felt in the U.S.?

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.02.2012 | Media
Timothy Karr

A scathing report in Britain that Rupert Murdoch and other News Corp. executives engaged in a cover-up of "rampant law breaking" may have ramifications for the media mogul in the United States -- but only if U.S. politicians are willing to face down a powerful media figure.

Is the Obama FCC Really Pushing Bush's Failed Media Policies?

Craig Aaron | Posted 01.30.2012 | Media
Craig Aaron

What we need isn't more disastrous media consolidation. We need media that truly represent, as Barack Obama himself said not long ago, "all of the voices in our diverse nation." We won't get there if we fall back on the failed policies of the past.

News Corp. Protesters Deliver List of Demands to Shareholders

Timothy Karr | Posted 12.21.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

We demand that the FCC review all broadcast licenses granted to News Corp. to determine whether they meet the agency's "character qualifications." If investigations result in criminal convictions, News Corp. should forfeit its licenses to use our airwaves.

Murdoch Hacking Scandal Stirs U.S. Debate On Media Consolidation

nytimes.com | BRIAN STELTER | Posted 09.19.2011 | Media

Progressive activists and public interest groups have long blasted Rupert Murdoch and his News Corporation for political biases. But in recent weeks ...

The Wavelength: Court to FCC do your freakin job! Plus: how the NewsCorps scandal impacts u.s. media

The Media Consortium | Posted 09.10.2011 | Media
The Media Consortium

Welcome to the final edition of The Wavelength, a bi-weekly roundup of news and analysis focused on media policy. Stay tuned for more reporting on the...

Big Loss for Big Media and the FCC: Court Rejects Media Consolidation Push

Timothy Karr | Posted 09.06.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

It's not every day that you can celebrate a win for the public over big media. But on Thursday a federal appeals court threw out an attempt by the FCC and industry titans to gut media ownership limits.

The Wavelength: Attack of the Media Mega-Mergers! Skyprosoft, AT&T-Mobile and more

The Media Consortium | Posted 07.17.2011 | Media
The Media Consortium

Another day, another media mega-merger. The latest? Microsoft is buying Skype, the Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion.

An Indecent Piety

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

Our current global dilemma over the criminalization of the lives of LGBT people and the subjugation of women are the results when the church kicks justice and compassion to the curb.

UK Pol Who Said He Was 'At War With Murdoch' Stripped Of Media Authority

guardian.co.uk | HéLèNe Mulholland, Josh Halliday and James Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Vince Cable will remain as business secretary but has been stripped of his responsibilities for media and telecoms after being slapped down by David C...

The Olbermann Suspension and Corporate Media

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sen. Bernie Sanders

If there is a silver lining in the action of MSNBC against Keith Olbermann, it is that people will now pay more attention to the political role of corporate media in America.

How Bill O'Reilly Used News Corp,'s Corporate Power To Crush A Critic

Columbia Journalism Review | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

[Bill] O'Reilly's letter and [Barry] Nolan's suspension letter went out on the same day--May 12--but because no telephone logs are among the court doc...

IT Services Markets Crumble - Driving Detroit's Rut, Is the Media Business Next?

Tony Greenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Tony Greenberg

Media firms are the early adopters of new tech. You have to love them for taking arrows in the back and mounting themselves on the fireplace alter as trophies.

Hey Google, That's Bullsh*t

Sam Seder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Sam Seder

There's nothing more depressing than when a trusted friend breaks a promise. Particularly, when that friend is so massive that they have the ability to un-democratize the internet almost single-handedly.

Honolulu Newspaper Deal: DOJ Approves Honolulu Advertiser's Sale To Honolulu Star-Bulletin

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

HONOLULU — The U.S. Justice Department has given the owner of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin the go-head to buy longtime rival The Honolulu Advertis...

Senator Franken Rips Into Comcast CEO Brian Roberts

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Silver

Not everyone is swallowing the snake oil Comcast is peddling to grease its takeover of NBC. None shone brighter yesterday than Sen. Al Franken, who aggressively interrogated Comcast CEO Brian Roberts.

Where Does Comcast/NBC Rate On The "Trade Association Scale"?

Harold Feld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harold Feld

While conventional wisdom holds that the Comcast/NBC merger will be approved with conditions, I think there is a small but not unreasonable chance that it will collapse under its own weight.

Comcast-NBCU Merger is Bad for Democracy

Marvin Ammori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marvin Ammori

The merger gives one company enormous control over the speech shaping our lives. Putting so much power in the hands of one company -- and, specifically, its executives -- is dangerous for a democracy.

Mega-Media Era Begins: GE/Vivendi Deal Clears Way for Comcast/NBC Merger

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Silver

Obama has promised to finally begin enforcing antitrust laws to prevent unreasonable consolidation of market power. If ever a media deal posed such a threat, this is it.