Raycom Media has taken control of three TV stations in
Tucson in a covert consolidation deal. The new virtual triopoly will result in
dozens of layoffs, as local anchor Lou Raguse noted on the air yesterday.
When Raycom takes over operations of Belo-owned KMSB and
KTTU, Raycom’s station KOLD will produce
all of the news for the three stations. "KOLD will, by contract,
provide certain services to support the operations of KMSB and KTTU, including
producing local news in high definition, in-depth weather, traffic and sports,
and website administration,” said a Belo spokesperson in an email to Broadcasting & Cable.
Those sites and logos are blacked out to draw attention to American
Censorship Day, a major effort by a coalition of dozens of groups
including Public Knowledge, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla and
Free Press (longer list here) to kill the “Stop Online Piracy Act.”
SOPA (H.R. 3261) is a bill moving through the House of Representatives that
could rip apart the fabric of the open Internet — and introduce a new regime of
It all began in the middle of the night, when police moved in at 1 a.m. to forcibly evacuate Zuccotti Park, the original Occupy Wall Street encampment. Not long after the park raid began, journalists on Twitter began to report that they were being blocked from covering the police actions.
If a new bill gets through Congress,
marketing robots will invade your cellphone.
The bill, called the “Mobile
Informational Call Act of 2011” (H.R. 3035), would amend the Communications
Act of 1934 to allow marketers and bill collectors to make endless calls to
your mobile phone — just like they currently can on your landline, but this
time using minutes that you are paying for.
Opponents of Net Neutrality often argue that Internet
Service Providers need to divide the Internet into fast and slow lanes — providing
a fast lane for those who can pay, a slow lane for everyone else — to invest in
a fast Internet for all.
We have a new report that describes
half a decade of budget battles at the state level that have eroded funding for
public broadcasters around the country. In the last year, governors and state
legislatures have dramatically reduced public media budgets and even zeroed out
all state funding for local stations.
This chronically ignored crisis is getting a national spotlight.
And it would never have happened had it not been for the thousands of activists
who spoke out against the practice of covert consolidation and helped us
document its impact on local news broadcasts across the country.
Below is a transcript of the speech Sen. John Kerry delivered today on the Senate floor in opposition to the "resolution of disapproval," a measure that would strip the FCC of its authority to protect consumers and the open Internet.
This is one of those times when on the floor of the United States Senate we hear a proposal that
people characterize as one thing but it is, in fact, anything but what they're
characterizing it as. What Senator — I just heard the good senator from
Mississippi talking about this, “We don't want to slam the brakes on
development,” he said. “We don't want to have the F.C.C. intrusion.”