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Judge Rules Comcast Discriminated Against Cable Channel

A cable channel has scored a victory over cable giant Comcast, the New York Post reports. A Federal Communications Commission judge ruled that Comcast discriminated against The Tennis Channel by putting it on a pricier sports package, according to the…

FCC Turns Down the Volume on TV Commercials

Television ads that jar viewers with a sudden jump in volume have been banned by the Federal Communications Commission, reports the New York Post. Viewers will have to wait a while to hear a difference, however. The rules won’t go…

FCC’s Copps Submits Resignation Date as Senate Works on Appointing His Successor

Federal Communications Commission member Michael Copps, who announced earlier this year that he would be exiting his position with the panel, has submitted his resignation date, Multichannel News reports. Copps submitted the date, Jan. 1, to the White House, the…

NBC Stations Join Forces With Nonprofit News Outlets to Beef Up Reporting

In a move designed to beef up their reporting, 10 NBC-owned television stations will work with nonprofit news outlets on enterprise and analytical reporting, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog. NBC stations in Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia…

Broadcasters to Appeal Media Ownership Decision to Supreme Court

The National Association of Broadcasters will ask the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that backs the Federal Communications Commission’s restrictions on media ownership, B&C reports. Another challenge to the decision will be filed by News Corp., the…

Battle Lines Being Drawn Over NFL Blackouts

A federal lobbying group that targets television blackouts — especially NFL games — will file a petition with the FCC to end the rule, reports Politico.com. The Sports Fan Coalition will work in conjunction with the National Consumers League, Public…

Emergency Alert Test: Other Than the Lady Gaga Glitch, It Went Reasonably Well

Some TV viewers heard a Lady Gaga song during Wednesday’s nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog reports. Lady Gaga’s "Paparazzi" went out to some DirecTV subscribers during the first-ever national test of…

Obama Takes Tough Stand on Net Neutrality

President Obama has threatened to use his veto power for just the third time in his presidency if the Senate passes a bill blocking the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules, Deadline.com reports. The vote in the Senate is expected…

Former FCC Commissioner Dies

A former Federal Communications Commissioner who was known as an advocate of media diversity has died, Multichannel News reports. Kenneth A. Cox, 94, died Oct. 31 in Bethesda, Md., the story reports. Cox was a communications lawyer, and after his…

Just in Time for a Big Season of Political Advertising, FCC Wants to Impose New Disclosure Rules

Broadcasters are scrambling to figure out the implications of a new Federal Communications Commission proposal that would require stations to post information online about their political advertisers, reports Advertising Age. That information is now stored in paper files at the…