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After Three-Plus Years in Bankruptcy, Tribune Wins Court Approval to Come Out of It

Three and a half years after seeking Chapter 11 protection, Tribune has received court approval to exit bankruptcy, reports Reuters. The approval was granted Friday by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Carey in Wilmington, Del., with the judge overruling objections to…

Supreme Court Will Not Review ‘Wardrobe Malfunction’ Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will not review a lower court decision that tossed the FCC’s $550,000 fine against CBS over Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, according to TheWrap.com. The FCC…

Tennis Channel May Wind Up for Sale

Tennis Channel may find itself on the block by year-end if the Federal Communications Commission agrees to give the network another 16 million households, reports the New York Post. A decision is pending at the FCC, which requested a stay…

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Supreme Court Throws Out Indecency Penalties

The Supreme Court today issued a ruling on indecency in a case involving nudity on an episode of ABC’s “NYPD Blue” and obscenities broadcast on awards shows, The Washington Post reports. The justices ruled unanimously in the closely watched case,…

NAB Takes FCC to Court Over New Rules

The National Association of Broadcasters is taking the Federal Communications Commission to court in an effort to put the brakes on proposed rules governing disclosure of political advertising rates, Adweek reports. The FCC voted last month to require that TV…

Conan O’Brien, FCC’s Julius Genachowski, NBA’s David Stern in Lineup for This Week’s Cable Show

The FCC chairman and NBA commissioner join celebrities including talk show host Conan O’Brien and actor-director Edward Burns for the star-studded 61st annual gathering of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The annual event put…

Cable News Channel Will Move to New TV ‘Neighborhood’ After FCC Rules in Dispute; Will Decision Trigger a Mass Migration?

The Federal Communications Commission issued a ruling in a long-running dispute between two media companies that will change the channel lineup, TVNewser.com reports. The panel ruled in favor of Bloomberg in its battle with Comcast, and as a result viewers…

FCC Orders TV Stations to Post Political Ad Rates Online

In a case that rebuffed a strong lobbying effort by broadcasters, the Federal Communications Commission voted today to require TV stations to post online the ad rates they charge for political spots, the AP reports. The 2-1 vote came despite…

Verizon Wireless to Sell Spectrum, Contingent on Closing Cable Deals

Verizon Wireless said it will sell spectrum licenses that could be worth billions if it is able to close deals to buy unused airwaves from cable companies, Bloomberg reports. The story reports: “The largest U.S. wireless carrier plans to conduct…