Michael Copps Tells Readers Four Things to Expect from New FCC Commissioners

Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps wrote an outlook today on the FCC’s future that’s a bit more optimistic than he was at the end of last year. In his second paragraph, Copps already begins to speak well of the new Commissioners:

The two new Commissioners, Jessica Rosenworcel and Agit Pai, bring a wealth of experience, expertise and collegiality to their posts. I know Jessica best because she worked in my office as Senior Legal Advisor during part of my tenure there. She brings a depth and breadth of telecommunications knowledge perhaps unprecedented in scope for a new Commissioner. Both new Members hold great promise for distinguished service at the FCC.

Read the rest of his entry here at Benton Foundation.

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Defining Journalists in a Digital Age on World Press Freedom Day

UNESCO Director-General Ms Irina Bokova

In a joint message with UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon,  Bokova said, “Freedom of expression is one of our most precious rights. It underpins every other freedom and provides a foundation for human dignity. Free, pluralistic and independent media is essential for its exercise.”

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FCC Uses ‘Common Sense,’ Approves Plan for Online Database of Political TV Ads

Just as the sun was rising in Hawaii, Brian Stelter of The New York Times, broke the news with his report. The FCC has approved a plan for broadcasters to upload public files data to the web.

The information about ad sales is already contained in so-called public files, which stations are required to store at their offices. Moving the files online was described by the commission’s chairman, Julius Genachowski, as a “common sense” step toward transparency.

This is considered a victory to many such as FreePress, ProPublica, and former FCC researcher Steven Waldman. Though, as Stelter reported, there is still some dissent from the National Broadcast Association. They said,

“By forcing broadcasters to be the only medium to disclose on the Internet our political advertising rates, the F.C.C. jeopardizes the competitive standing of stations that provide local news, entertainment, sports and lifesaving weather information free of charge to tens of millions of Americans daily.”

Keep an eye on the FCC.gov page for updates on when the information will go live.

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Hawaii Legislature Threatens Freedom of Information with SB 2858

Beverly Deepe Keever

Media Council Hawaii, along with 16 other community organizations are appealing to the state legislature on SB 2858.  In her OpEd at Civil Beat today, UH Manoa Professor emerita Beverly Deepe Keever explained problems with the bill. She said there are “portions of the bill that would permit a government agency to go to court to contest an official agency’s decision compelling disclosure to the public of a record to which the law entitles it.” We agree.

“Retaining FOIA in the existing bill,” said Keever. “Would unnecessarily weaken OIP’s powers, waste limited resources of OIP and other agencies, and make it even more difficult for citizens to obtain government records in a timely manner.

Read the complete OpEd here and follow the bill here.


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Public File Inspection: Cleveland TV Stations Don’t Like TV Cameras

via Savethenews.org

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Hispanic Media Group Publishes Exposé on Alleged Clear Channel Radio Hate Speech

In a release yesterday, the National Hispanic Media Coalition announced the publication of an exposé into “Clear Channel Radio’s appalling record of trafficking hate.” The Coalition says that although the United States is more diverse than ever before Clear Channel Radio, “has a full lineup of hate pundits.” In the report, the NHMC cites hate speech by hosts Rush Limbaugh, Bill Cunningham, John Kobylt, Kenneth Chiampou and others.

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Will Your Phone Tell You How to Vote?

Like an oncoming storm seen in the distance, SuperPAC advertising dollars have some of us worried about where, and how deep, this precipitation will penetrate our media spheres in the coming months. As voters we can expect an influx of candidate ads in print, television radio and online this election cycle. But aside from a campaign robo-call, I have yet to consider the mobile advertising inplications of the campaigns. Today’s, New York Times‘ Media Decoder blog post highlights 2011 mobile advertising revenue and raised my eyebrows.

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