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Dec 16, 2002  •  Post A Comment

New York-The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Friday that state judges cannot bar cameras from their courtrooms without a hearing and valid reasons. “A trial judge should permit the media to photograph, record and broadcast all courtroom proceedings that are open to the public,” said the opinion, issued just a day after a Virginia judge had barred cameras and microphones from the trial of accused Beltway sniper John Muhammad. Radio-Television News Directors Association President Barbara Cochran said the ruling is a victory because it “makes clear that a decision to keep cameras out must be based on fact, not guesswork.”
Boston meters approved
New York-The Media Rating Council has accredited Nielsen Media Research’s local People Meter service in Boston, the sixth-largest U.S. market, where the major network-owned and network-affiliated stations have stopped subscribing to Nielsen because they say the 7-month-old service underreports viewership.
In a Friday letter to Nielsen Media Research clients, Jack Oken, general manager of local services for the MRC, said the accreditation “is the result of many months of work” on sample performance. He said response rate has improved from 29.6 percent prior to launch last spring to 34.1 percent for the week ending Dec. 1.
Public broadcaster WGBH-TV and Univision’s WUNI-TV are the most significant Boston stations subscribing to the new People Meter service.
Paxson-NBC extension
New York-Paxson Communications and NBC have amended with the Securities and Exchange Commission the investment agreement they signed in September 1999, extending through April 4, 2003, the window during which NBC can demand that Paxson buy any Series B Paxson stock. The agreement also stipulates that NBC would not demand such a redemption prior to March 28, 2003, without five days’ written notice. The redemption period was to have expired Friday.