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May 21, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Panel to review bill
Washington-House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., on Friday cleared the House Judiciary Committee to review controversial broadband legislation that deregulates the Bell phone companies so they can compete more effectively against cable in the high-speed Internet access business. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin, R-La., and Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., the authors of the bill, oppose the referral because Judiciary head James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., has expressed concerns about the measure. But Tauzin spokesman Ken Johnson said Judiciary is only being permitted to review limited portions of the bill.
Greenfield gets slot
New York-CNN has given the long-awaited Jeff Greenfield show a launch date-Monday, June 4-and a time slot-10:30 p.m. (ET) weeknights, the half-hour that until last week had been home to “The Spin Room.”
FCC plans reform
Washington-The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday that is embarking on a “comprehensive” effort to explore reformation of the agency and will be collecting ideas and suggestions over the next several weeks.
TBS’s virtual deal
New York-Turner Broadcasting System has reached a deal to allow it to insert virtual product images in reruns of “Law & Order” when the hit show moves to TNT in syndication next month, Advertising Age reported. That means an advertiser can put its product on a desk or in a character’s hands, or even brand the precinct’s soda machine. The three-way agreement involves AOL Time Warner’s TBS, Princeton Video Image and Studios USA, in conjunction with the show’s producers led by Dick Wolf.