FCC

Court Strikes Down FCC Ban on Political Ads on Public TV

In a move that could open up the public airwaves to a flood of campaign advertising, a federal appeals court has struck down the FCC’s ban on political ads on public TV and public radio, Reuters reports. The story reports:…

NBC Owner Comcast Faces FCC Complaint

Comcast was accused in a complaint filed by Bloomberg with the Federal Communications Commission of favoring its own cable news networks, escalating a dispute between the two companies, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder. The filing accuses Comcast of…

FCC Is Asked to Repeal Rule That Prevents a Company From Owning a Newspaper and a TV Station in the Same Market

The Federal Communications Commission has been asked by a trade group to eliminate the rule that bars companies from owning a TV station and a daily newspaper in the same market, Bloomberg reports. The Newspaper Association of America filed the…

Rapper May Face Legal Fallout From Super Bowl Salute

The rapper whose raised middle finger during the Super Bowl halftime show conjured up memories of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” eight years ago may have some legal repercussions from the gesture, Yahoo Sports reports. M.I.A. flashed the salute in a…

Google May Have Sights Set on Showdown With Another Tech Giant

According to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, Google is working on an entertainment device that will use wireless home networks, reports Bloomberg. The move appears to put Google in a position to intensify its rivalry with Apple, along…

Super Bowl Broke Ground in Media Technology, but Halftime Show Was Deja Vu

Sunday’s record-breaking Super Bowl broadcast featured a great game, terrific ads and a wide range of technological innovations, but what it may be best remembered for was a low-tech gesture during the halftime show. TVWeek Open Mic blogger Hillary Atkin…

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Readying New TV Network

Entertainment kingpin Sean “Diddy” Combs plans to add another piece to his media empire by launching a television network, B&C reports. Insiders say Combs aims to launch the music-oriented cable channel, to be called Revolt, in December of this year…

NBCUniversal Attacked on One-Year Anniversary of Comcast Buyout

With the one-year anniversary of the government’s approval of the Comcast-NBC merger, a rival media company is reminding regulators that it believes Comcast has failed to meet government requirements, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog. "Marking yesterday’s one-year…

Supreme Court Justices Voice Support for Indecency Crackdown

With Occupy Wall Street protesters outside reciting George Carlin’s “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television," the U.S. Supreme Court today heard arguments on both sides of the Federal Communications Commission’s tougher indecency enforcement policy announced in 2004, Reuters…

Head of PBS Fires Back at Mitt Romney

Responding to a suggestion from Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney that PBS air advertisements, PBS President and Chief Executive Paula Kerger said that won’t happen, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog. Kerger said Federal Communications Commission rules prohibit…