Tag Archives: FCC

Ads ‘n’ Ends From the Campaign Trail

Itemizing some deductions from the 2016 presidential race. Item: Local TV Stations Love All White House Wannabes Nobody profits from a presidential race more than the broadcast and cable outlets in the early primary states. From Bloomberg Politics: Local TV … Continue reading

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VNRs = Vexing News Replacements

Or Vulpine News Replicas. Or, what they’re technically called, Video News Releases. Whatever you call them, whether they come from business, the government, religious institutions or academia, VNRs are simply Faux News (not to be confused with Fox Ne- . . … Continue reading

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WCVB = We Could Vanish, Basically

Boston’s ABC affiliate WCVB-TV has officially entered the retransmission wars. From The Boston Channel website: Information Relating To Negotiations With Cable Operators BOSTON — NOTICE TO CABLE SUBSCRIBERS: WCVB-TV Channel 5’s parent company, Hearst Television, is currently negotiating a renewal of … Continue reading

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Newton Minow’s Vast Wasteland, Take 2

Fifty years ago today, Federal Communications Commissioner Newton Minow delivered a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters that became a landmark in television-industry criticism. From the Museum of Broadcast Communications: Newton Minow was one of the most controversial figures … Continue reading

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FCC Decision Only Comcastic For Comcast

The Federal Communications Commission voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve the merger of broadband Internet/cable service provider Comcast and NBC Universal, which owns 234 local TV stations, the NBC network, Universal movie studio, Universal theme parks, Telemundo, and cable nets MSNBC, … Continue reading

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Cable TV’s Must-Kerry Provisions

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry (D-Am I President Yet?) is apparently up to his old tricks. From MediaPost: Kerry Waffles, Retrans Burns Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry was branded a flip-flopper during his 2004 presidential run. Notably, there was his infamous comment … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging the ‘GBH Classical Radio Rumpus, Part 2

Grace notes from Tuesday night’s future-of-classical-music-in-Boston hoedown (all statistics via WGBH general manager John Voci): • Classical audience for WGBH: 120,000; for WCRB: 340,000 • WGBH classical audience: 71% are 55 or older; WGBH news audience: 1o-15 years younger • … Continue reading

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