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'Chicago Sun-Times' Sold For $1

Location:
Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, IL, United States

Coy, cagy media folks often resort to vagueness when they don’t want to talk about money, e.g., “six figures,” “seven figures” and so on. However, the system breaks down with deals for distressed media properties, as “one figure” doesn’t really leave much room for the imagination. Still, that is the price range for the recent sale of Chicago Sun-Times by publisher Wrapports, LLC. It was acquired by an investment group led by Chicago alderman Edwin Eisendrath for the grand sum of $1.

Local News Is The Front Line Of The Fake-News Fight

Location:
USA, United States

Anyone who doubts the value of local newspapers in the 21st century should consider this: They may be the only institution capable of stopping the spread of fake news online

Chattanooga, The Surprising City That Rates Highest For TV, Broadband Services

Location:
Electric Power Board, 10 West Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN, United States

A regional power company in Tennessee has emerged as Consumer Reports’ top-rated TV provider, edging out Google Fiber by one point. The company, identified as EPB Fiber in the August issue of Consumer Reports, is the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga (TN), owned by that city.

Ad Industry Watchdog Refers Verizon To FCC And FTC Over Broadband Ads

Location:
Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB), 4200 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA, 22203, United States

An ad industry watchdog says it will refer Verizon to the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission for refusing to participate in an investigation of ads touting broadband service.

In Political Media First, President Trump Releases Comey Attack Ad

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

In what appears to be a political media first, a Super Pac controlled by President Donald Trump has released an ad attacking the character of a witness in advance of a highly anticipated Senate hearing.

FCC's O'Rielly Hopes To Block State Privacy Laws

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Congress's decision to repeal the nationwide broadband privacy rules appears to have spurred lawmakers in at least a dozen states to introduce new measures that would protect residents' online privacy. Now, at least one Republican on the Federal Communications Commission wants the agency to enact regulations that would prohibit states from enacting their own privacy rules.

Appeals Court Sides With CNN In App Privacy Battle

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 56 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta, GA, 30303, United States
Recommendation:
3

A federal appellate court has sided with CNN in a dispute over whether its iTunes app violated a federal privacy law by allegedly sharing data about consumers with the analytics company Bango.

Court Urged To Restore FTC's Power To Prosecute AT&T

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

In 2016, three judges on a federal appellate court issued a stunning ruling that blocked the Federal Trade Commission from prosecuting AT&T for allegedly duping customers. The judges said in their opinion that the FTC couldn't proceed against AT&T because the agency lacks jurisdiction against common carriers.

Major News Drives Earned Media For TV Networks

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Earned media continues to deliver big benefits for media and entertainment brands, largely due to high-interest news viewing. Recent news concerning the presidential election and possible Russian connections with the White House are driving strong viewer and TV news content activity.

Will The FCC Raise Limits On TV Station Ownership?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

For many TV industry analysts, it seems an easy projection: The new Trump Administration will mean less regulation for the TV businesses -- particularly for TV station groups, which could mean high merger activity. But Barclays Capital says don't be too sure.

Kids Entering The Digital Age At Young Ages

Location:
Nielsen, 770 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-9595, United States
Recommendation:
3

Many kids are entering the digital age before they are entering double digits in age. According to Nielsen’s Mobile Kids report, about half (45%) of kids get a mobile phone with a service plan between the ages of 10 and 12, with most of them (22%) getting them when they’re 10.

Cable News Doing Big Ad Business, Viewership

Location:
CNN, 1 CNN Center, Atlanta, GA, 30303, United States
Recommendation:
3

Just about one month into the new presidential administration, TV news networks are posting stronger ad business, as well as high viewership -- contradicting some criticism over fake news claims.

House Communications Subcommittee Chair Blackburn Aims To Revoke Broadband Privacy Rules

Location:
House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) says she is readying a push to revoke the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules. Chairman Blackburn said she believes lawmakers can use the Congressional Review Act to rescind the new privacy rules.

Still Wondering How Trump Won? Try Psychographic Targeting

Location:
Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

You wake up, yawn, stretch. Pick up the phone. Check Facebook. “Like.” “Like.” “Like,” again. After 10 “likes,” Michal Kosinski knows you better than your work colleagues. After 70, he knows you better than your partner does, including -- whether these things were explicitly referenced in your clicks or not -- your skin color, your sexual orientation, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, whether you smoke or do drugs… The list goes on.

Association of National Advertisers Expects Pai To Revisit Privacy

Location:
Association of National Advertisers (ANA), 708 Third Avenue, New York, NY, 10017, United States
Recommendation:
3

It's "highly likely" that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will grant the ad industry's request to revisit tough broadband privacy rules, the Association of National Advertisers predicted.

More Than Half Of US Adults Live In 'Cell Phone-Only' Households

Location:
GfK MRI, 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Recommendation:
3

More than half (52%) of US adults live in households with cell phones, but no landline phones, according to new research from the GfK MRI Survey of the American Consumer.

Why TV Spending Went Down In 2016 Political Advertising

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

First and foremost, lower TV spending in 2016 political advertising may simply be a function of better media buying, said Ben Angle, senior media buyer-national media research at Planning & Placement.

Frontier Criticized For Broadband Ads

Location:
Frontier Communications, 3 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT, 06905, United States
Recommendation:
3

Frontier, which offers both DSL and fiber-optic service, advertised that consumers could stream video and "never worry" about their connections, according to the National Advertising Division (NAD), a self-regulatory unit administered by the Better Business Bureau.

Doing Away With Online Privacy Rules: Short-Term Gain, But What About The Long-Term?

Location:
Frank N. Magid Associates, 8500 Normandale Lake Blvd, Minneapolis, MN, 55437, United States
Recommendation:
3

In the same way that consumer dislike of advertising online has given rise to once-unthinkable ad blockers, the prospect of “data-blockers” – while currently inconceivable – could ultimately become available to those who want at least some degree of simple control over the extent to which their data is accessed and leveraged in the marketplace.

Oracle Petitions FCC To Reconsider Broadband Privacy Rules

Location:
Oracle, 500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA, 94065, United States
Recommendation:
3

Software corporation Oracle is asking the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider the sweeping broadband privacy rules passed earlier in 2016.

Google To Shutter And Relaunch Contributor Subscription Ad Service

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
3

Google Contributor, the subscription service that allowed users to see fewer advertisements on publisher sites for a fee, will close in January and reopen in early 2017 with a new version.

The United States Of Facebook

Location:
MediaPost Communications, 1460 Broadway, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

The prospect of AT&T acquiring Time-Warner has triggered howls from both presidential campaigns, consumer-protection groups and free-press advocates, all of whom raised fears of media concentration, diminished competition and the threat to democracy posed by consolidation in the marketplace of ideas. Well, right burning church. Wrong burning pew.

Sen Blumenthal, FCC And Others Support FTC In Battle Over AT&T Data Throttling

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Trade Commission is drawing support in its battle with AT&T from other policymakers, including Sen Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and the Federal Communications Commission, as well as privacy experts and advocacy groups.

Political Ads Found To Suppress Effectiveness of Brand Advertising

Location:
J Walter Thompson, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

The political season has always posed problems for brand advertisers trying to fulfill media plans, given the diminished supply of inventory. Now, new research suggests that political ads — even those with positive messages — not only hog avails, but also deplete the effectiveness of adjacent brand ads and potentially tarnish brand image.

Early AT&T/Time Warner Merger Reports See Trouble Ahead

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

Wall Street investors aren’t so sure that the nearly $85.4 billion deal AT&T is proposing for Time Warner will be an easy ride.

ISPs' Data About Consumers Is Worth 'A King's Ransom,' Privacy Guru Says

Location:
Benton Foundation, 727 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL, 60202, United States
Recommendation:
2

Broadband providers have spent months complaining that proposed new privacy rules would unfairly subject them to more stringent privacy rules than Google, Facebook or other online companies. Today, privacy guru and law professor Paul Ohm -- an outspoken proponent of tough privacy rules -- answers that objection. Internet service providers, Ohm says, should have to follow tough standards because ISPs pose a greater threat to privacy than other companies.

People's Web-Browsing History Isn't 'Sensitive,' ISPs Argue

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Broadband providers AT&T, Comcast and T-Mobile have officially asked the Federal Communications Commission to retreat from a privacy proposal that could limit online behavioral advertising.

Chairman Wheeler Plans To Finalize Broadband Privacy Rules This Year

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said that he anticipates finalizing broadband privacy rules later in 2016. Testifying at a Senate hearing, Chairman Wheeler also hinted that the final regulations could differ from a proposal he put forward earlier this year.

Netflix Presses FCC To Condemn Data Caps

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Netflix is calling for the government to crack down on broadband providers that impose data caps on their subscribers.

Donald Trump Is King Of Earned Media

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

As Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump now starts up a paid TV advertising campaign, he continues to lead in earned media over Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.