Media Ownership

Who owns, controls, or influences media outlets.

17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada go on strike

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

An estimated 17,000 AT&T technicians in California and Nevada went on strike March 22, highlighting workplace tensions within the massive Dallas-based telecommunications giant.

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"Deconstruction"

Recommendation:
4

It’s a challenge to pick the worst of the furnace-hot verbiage spewing forth from the new Administration; there is just so much to choose from. But to me, one completely frightening statement stands out. It is “deconstructing the administrative state” as the stated purpose of the Trump team.

Appeals Court Rules TV Streamers Don't Get Compulsory License to Broadcast Networks

Location:
US Court of Appeals; 9th Circuit, Pasadena, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a seismic victory in favor of streaming company FilmOn, handing significant relief to broadcasters like CBS, Fox, NBC and ABC who were aghast by a federal judge's decision in July 2015 that streamers could be deemed to be a "cable system" eligible for a compulsory license under the Copyright Act.

Millennials Might Break America's Internet

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The US (and the world) is in the midst of a sea change in how we spend our leisure time. Young people are less inclined to indulge in America's favorite pastime: zoning out in front of the TV.

Windfall could transform NJ media

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

New Jersey auctioned off a public treasure - several of its public TV stations - for possibly hundreds of millions of dollars with little public debate or any idea what the governor plans to do with the money. This windfall has received shockingly little public attention. But here's the good news: It's not too late to seize this moment and use this money to transform New Jersey into the national leader in digital public media, local journalism, and civic technology.

Dish to Rep Eshoo: We Agree Consumers Shouldn't Be Pawns

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Not surprisingly, Dish blamed Hearst for the ongoing retransmission consent impasse that kept Hearst stations of the satellite operator. That came in response to a letter from Rep Anna Eshoo (D-CA) late last week.

After years waiting for Google Fiber, KC residents get cancellation e-mails

Location:
Kansas City Mayor's Office, 414 E 12th St, Kansas City, MO, 64106, United States
Recommendation:
3

Some Kansas City residents who have been waiting years for Google Fiber to install service at their homes recently received e-mails canceling their installations, with no word on whether they'll ever get Internet service from the company.

British Regulators to Investigate 21st Century Fox’s Deal for Sky

Location:
21st Century Fox, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Britain asked regulators on March 16 to investigate whether 21st Century Fox’s $14.3 billion deal to take full control of the British satellite television giant Sky would give the media mogul Rupert Murdoch too much control over the country’s media landscape.

Time Warner and AT&T Are a Deal-Anxiety Barometer

Location:
Wall Street, 11 Wall Street, New York, NY, 10005, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Trump administration at times wears its populist hat and at others its pro-business hat. When it comes to antitrust enforcement, investors are betting it is sporting the latter.

Relying on federal funding might be a fatal mistake for public media

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Public media operations—and loyal listeners—are expected to put up a fierce fight against potential funding cuts. But hanging on to the hope that federal funding will always be around could potentially be a fatal mistake for local stations, former NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller says.

The Trump Resistance Will Be Commercialized

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

These days, even a labor strike can be corporatized and repurposed as public relations. The typical refrain from brands that take on a cause is that they are “using their platform” to “raise awareness” about an issue. But the internet has complicated the transaction.

EU requests fraud, terms-of-service changes from tech giants

Location:
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Recommendation:
3

The European Commission requested that Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus alter their terms of service or face potential fines.

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Benton Stands With Toby to Say "Don't Delete Big Bird"

A couple weeks ago, an adorable seven-year-old boy named Toby complained that President Donald Trump is “deleting PBS kids” just to pay for the wall. Toby told U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), “he shouldn’t do that.” The young boy received massive applause for standing up to his Senator, the President, and for what’s right. At this town hall, Senator Cotton said you could have both – a Mexican wall and PBS. But today it turns out that Toby was right. President Donald Trump unveiled his budget proposal, titled, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” Disturbingly, the plan calls for the elimination of federal support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Report: Fox Asked to Derail Sinclair-Tribune Merger

Location:
21st Century Fox, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Apparently, 21st Century Fox, the media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch, is weighing options to help thwart a potential takeover of Tribune Media by Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Top Cable Operators Dominate Broadband in 2016

Location:
Leichtman Research Group, 3 Ellison Lane, Durham, NH, 03824, United States
Recommendation:
3

The nation’s largest cable operators again took the lion’s share of broadband subscriber adds in 2016, according to a new analysis from Leichtman Research Group.

FCC Agenda for Meeting On March 23, 2017

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

The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Google starts flagging offensive content in search results

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

With growing criticism over misinformation in search results, Google is taking a harder look at potentially "upsetting" or "offensive" content, tapping humans to aid its computer algorithms to deliver more factually accurate and less inflammatory results.

FTC faces big changes with Trump

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

The Federal Trade Commission could be facing big changes under President Donald Trump. President Trump must fill three vacant commissioner seats and decide on a chairman — moves that Republicans hope could push the regulatory agency in a business-friendly direction.

Us Weekly Is Sold to National Enquirer Publisher

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Us Weekly, a celebrity magazine that has long been a staple at checkout counters, is changing hands. On March 15, American Media Inc., which owns entertainment publications ...

President Trump’s budget will probably slash public media, but the biggest losers won’t be PBS and NPR

Location:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), 401 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, 20004-2129, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Trump's impending budget proposal is expected to include deep cuts to public media, among other things, which would surely delight Republican lawmakers who have been trying, on and off, to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for five decades.

Why 2017 Will Be A Huge Year For Telecom And Media Mergers

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

A combination of political transition, economic forces, and good timing may spark a flurry of mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunications and media industries in 2017.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Interview: Media Ownership Rules ‘Quite Antiquated’

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said that the agency is studying restrictions on media ownership, characterizing a number of the rules as “quite antiquated.”

Murdoch And Trump, An Alliance Of Mutual Interest

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
4

The Trump era has opened with the promise of a White House foothold for media mogul Rupert Murdoch. It looks to be the kind of warm and solicitous reception in the corridors of presidential power that he has long enjoyed abroad.

Public Knowledge Responds to NYC Complaint Alleging Verizon Breached Deployment Promise

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

The allegations that Verizon has failed to build out to nearly a million New York City households it is obligated to serve are troubling. Although new broadband deployments are costly and time intensive, broadband providers have a responsibility to comply with their franchise agreements.

Is Fox News part of the mainstream media? It depends.

Location:
FOX News Channel, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
3

his is Howard Kurtz, Fox News media critic and a longtime observer of the national media scene. And he isn’t 100 percent sure whether his employer is part of the club known as the mainstream media?

Spicer Circulates News Story Predicting Noncom Media Fund Slashing

Location:
The White House, Washington, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

The White House was not taking issue with a Washington Post story saying the President planned to slash the funding for public broadcasting in his budget, expected to be released March 16.

Amerian Cable Association Pushes FCC to End Charter's Overbuild Condition

Location:
American Cable Association, One Parkway Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 15220, United States
Recommendation:
3

The American Cable Association has filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission on behalf of 38 small and mid-sized Internet service providers asking the FCC to remove the overbuild condition in the Charter-Time Warner Cable merger.

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.

1 million NYC homes can’t get Verizon FiOS, so the city just sued Verizon

Location:
New York City Hall, 260 Broadway, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
3

New York City filed a lawsuit against Verizon. The city claims Verizon failed to complete a citywide fiber rollout by 2014 as required in its cable franchise agreement.

Is journalistic solidarity savvy or short-sighted?

Location:
New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

A spectre is haunting journalism—the spectre of solidarity.

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