A release announced, “In response to a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote in favor of relaxing media ownership rules and allowing companies in the top 20 national media markets to own both print and broadcast outlets, the Parents Television Council issued the following statement: ‘The PTC is deeply disappointed in the announcement today by the FCC that will effectively loosen longstanding rules for media ownership. While the ruling today will only affect a select number of US markets, even a small step in the wrong direction is a step in the wrong direction,’ said PTC President Tim Winter.”
Reuters reports, “A bipartisan group of U.S. senators threatened on Monday to override the Federal Communications Commission if the agency votes to loosen media ownership restrictions at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday.”
The Wall Street Journal reports, “With Web companies now beginning to dominate the market for local ads online, newspaper publishers are scrambling to change the way they sell ads, hiring sales teams that specialize in the digital market and creating new editorial packages to sell. But it may be a case of too little, too late. McClatchy, which publishes 31 daily newspapers around the country, is revamping its commission and incentive plans to better reward staff for online sales. Gannett now operates 50 mom-centric social-networking sites around the U.S. as part of a broader strategy to boost online revenue through what it calls ‘hyper-localized’ sites. Other publishers, from Lee Enterprises to Media General, are taking steps of their own to jump-start sales of local online ads.”
Mixed Media reports, “No one will be surprised when Rupert Murdoch starts meddling with the editorial machinery of The Wall Street Journal, despite a formal agreement to preserve its independence. But is he doing it already?”
Forbes asks, “Holy smokes–what happened to McClatchy?”
PEJ News Coverage Index for December 9-14 shows, “The unlikely surge of former Arkansas Governor helped generate the biggest week of coverage for the presidential campaign so far in 2007. But as Huckabee is learning, some media attention is more welcome than others. Plus, the Mitchell report turns steroid abuse in baseball into a front-page storyâ€”some might say at long last.”
The AP reports, “A media watchdog group said Monday that 64 journalists in 17 countries have died while covering the news in 2007 — the deadliest year in more than a decade. The Committee to Protect Journalists said in an annual report that Iraq led the list for the fifth year in a row, with 31 dead — one fewer than a year ago. Somalia was second with seven dead in 2007, and Pakistan and Sri Lanka each recorded five deaths.”
The Chicago Sun-Times reports, “Like most American newspapers, the Chicago Tribune has been reducing the space for news in its print edition. But unlike most papers, it plans to charge more for less.”
Washington Post reports, “All Eyes on Blogging Iowa Newsman”
“The winners of the 2008 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards were announced on December 17, 2007.” For full results, click here.
The New York Times reports, “A usual round of media self-criticism turned into a schoolyard brawl last week, as editors, reporters and bloggers traded insults over a front-page article in The Washington Post, all at the very online water cooler where they usually get their news about the industry. The Post article, which ran on Nov. 29, was about rumors of Barack Obamaâ€™s ties to the Muslim world. The piece drew widespread criticism: the Columbia Journalism Review said the article ‘may be the single worst campaign ’08 piece to appear in any American newspaper so far this election cycle.'”
E&P reports, “Will 2008 be a winning campaign year for … newspapers? For the first time since John Kennedy beat Richard Nixon in a presidential race that, by a landslide, anointed television as the medium of choice for political advertising, newspapers are daring to believe they and their Web sites will get more than their usual miniscule share of candidates’ media buys.”
A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research
data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of December 10-16, 2007.”
An ABC release announced, “For the week of December 10-14, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 8.86 million Total Viewers and a 2.1/8 among Adults 25-54, placing second in both categories.”
A C-SPAN release announced, “C-SPAN’s LIVE, long-form programming style will allow viewers nationwide a rare opportunity to witness an entire caucus, from start to completion, bringing the nation to Iowa to witness the first election event in the 2008 Presidential race. C-SPAN will be on site at three of the state’s caucuses, with coverage starting at 7:00 PM (ET) Thursday, January 3rd, with the Democratic caucus aired LIVE on C-SPAN, and Republican caucus aired LIVE on C-SPAN2. The network will simulcast Iowa CBS affiliate KCCI-TV in Des Moines as part of its coverage to give national viewers the local angle on caucus events and results. C-SPAN will continue with its extensive coverage of the Presidential primary/caucus schedule on January 4, with events throughout New Hampshire, culminating with the New Hampshire Primary Tuesday, January 8.”
An ABC release announced, “Continuing the ‘Nightline’ series The Contenders, co-anchor Cynthia McFadden goes on the trail and behind the scenes with Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY). ‘Nightline’ will take viewers to Iowa to spend an all-access day in the life with the 2008 Democratic presidential contender. In the exclusive interview, they will cover everything from life on the campaign trail, to her personal and political campaign teams, to her recent endorsement from the Des Moines Register.”
Mixed Media reports, “Once Again, CNN Mixes Up Obama and Osama”
People Magazine reports, “CNN anchor Campbell Brown and her husband Dan Senor welcomed their first child, a boy, on Tuesday. Eli James Senor was born at exactly 10 a.m. and weighed 8 lbs. He is named in the memory of his grandfather, James Senor. ‘Eli and his mom are doing great,’ Dan Senor tells PEOPLE. ‘We are thrilled.'”
Content Bridges has “What Journalists Can Learn From Screenwriters Strike”
Bloomberg reports, “Comcast Corp., the biggest U.S. cable-television provider, hired an executive from the Boston Consulting Group to head strategic and financial planning, two weeks after cutting its revenue and subscriber growth forecasts.”
The New York Post reports, “The amazing Tina Brown is in a newly struck, first-look deal to bring projects and story ideas to HBO, the TV network that also seems to understand ‘buzz’ and great storytelling versus the hackneyed stuff that is on the networks.”
From TVNewser: “Why CNN’s Walton is Having ‘So Much Fun'”
FishbowlNY reports, “Christopher Hitchens Implies Dead Congressman Was Cult Member”
Poynter’s Steve Outing answers, “Why Journalists Suck at Business”
Check out Slate’s chief political correspondent John Dickerson’s dispatches from New Hampshire this week.
The Los Angeles Times reports, “The Young Turks who made their mark as early backers of Facebook Inc. have raised a second investment round more than four times as large as their first, signaling their growing clout as an alternative to venture capitalists on Silicon Valley’s Sand Hill Road. Founders Fund Management, led by a quartet of wealthy and connected entrepreneurs behind such success stories as online payment service PayPal Inc., said Monday that it had raised $220 million from institutional investors to pump into new companies.”
MSNBC’s Steve Adubatowrites, “Bill Clinton has come to his wife Hillary’s defense and I’m not convinced that’s a good thing. Clinton blames the media for not covering his wife fairly and he argues that we in the media are not focusing enough on Hillary’s experience, implying that we are holding her to a different and unfair standard.”
Don’t forget that tonight is The Washington Blogger December Meetup at 7:00PM at RFD. For more info, click here.
Wired reports, “After 10 Years of Blogs, the Future’s Brighter Than Ever”
Folio reports, “Radar magazine is increasing in frequency, from six to eight issues a year, and is raising its rate base from 150,000 to 200,000. The change will take effect in February 2008, one year after its relaunch in February 2007.”
MarketWatch reports, “XM Satellite Radio Inc. said Monday it has settled a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Universal Music Group over XM’s Inno portable device, which gives users the ability to record music.”
NPR’s The Bryant Park Project looks at who some of the Ron Paul supportes are.