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CBS Defends Its Broadcast of Post-Super Bowl Expletives

A top CBS executive is defending the network’s handling of the Super Bowl post-game celebration, during which a couple of players for the victorious Baltimore Ravens could be heard dropping what is generally described as “fleeting expletives.” Specifically, Ravens lineman…

CBS May Have a Problem After Super Bowl MVP Drops Expletives on Live TV

The halftime show went off without an indecency incident, but in the moments after the Super Bowl ended Sunday night, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco — the game’s MVP — dropped a few swear words that were picked up by…

New Rules Limiting Volume of TV Commercials Go Into Effect Today

New rules governing the loudness of television commercials, adopted a year ago by the Federal Communications Commission, go into effect today, the Associated Press reports. The rules are contained in the CALM Act, which limits the volume of the audio…

Liberty Chairman John Malone: ‘Consumer Is Getting Squeezed’ by Escalating Sports Costs

Sports programming costs are out of control, Liberty Media Chairman John Malone tells the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog. "We’ve got runaway sports rights, runaway sports salaries and what is essentially a high tax on a lot of households…

Report: Former Fox Executive Peter Liguori Is Expected to Lead Tribune

Former Fox and Discovery executive Peter Liguori will be named to lead Tribune Co. when it emerges from bankruptcy, reports the Chicago Tribune, which is owned by the Chicago-based media company. On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission signed off on…

Cablevision Blackout Leads to Huge Ratings Drop for WPIX-TV as Pressure Ratchets Up in Retrans Dispute

A blackout on Cablevision’s systems has led to a huge ratings drop for Tribune-owned WPIX-TV, the CW affiliate in the New York market, reports MediaPost’s MediaDailyNews. From Aug. 20-Sept. 23, the household ratings for WPIX’s late newscast declined 42%, the…

FCC OKs Plan to Have Broadcasters Give Up Spectrum

The Federal Communications Commission has approved a wide-reaching plan designed to repurpose the public airwaves now used for broadcast television. The New York Times reports that the panel unanimously approved a preliminary proposal to reclaim spectrum from broadcasters and sell…

FCC Backing Down on Most of Its Indecency Complaints

The Federal Communications Commission is rethinking its enforcement of complaints about broadcast indecency and is scaling way back on the number of complaints it will pursue, TheWrap.com reports. “Chairman Julius Genachowski has ordered agency staffers to refocus enforcement efforts to…

Watchdog Group Wants Three Stations Stripped of Their Licenses

The U.S. watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is asking the Federal Communications Commission to deny renewal of broadcast licenses for three Fox stations, TheWrap.com reports. The group is citing the phone-hacking scandal that has embroiled parent…

Aereo CEO Explains Why the Service Should Not Be Considered a Threat to Broadcasters

Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia has been interviewed by SNL Kagan, and explains how he came up with the idea for the service, and why broadcasters should not consider Aereo a threat. Deborah Yao of SNL Kagan introduces the interview by…