Federal Communications Commission

  1. FCC Commissioner Wants 'Further Action' In Probe

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Adelstein focuses on payola, product placement. FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein will call for “further action” by the commission on payola and the acceptance of undisclosed promotions during a speech he plans to give tomorrow (May 25) at the D ...

  2. Studio Aims To Flip Broadcast Flag

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In what might be a record for rapid political response, at least one of the motion picture studios apparently is circulating legislative language that would overturn an appellate court's ruling that t WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) ...

  3. Conservative Pushed As FCC Candidate

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. urged the Bush White House to appoint former staffer Howard Waltzman as a FCC commissioner, in a press announcement released April 29. Waltzman was a member of Brownback's Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. urged the Bush W ...

  4. Conservative Pushed As FCC Candidate

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Brownback asks President to consider former aide. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. urged the Bush White House to appoint former staffer Howard Waltzman as a FCC commissioner, in a press announcement released April 29. Waltzman was a member of Brownback& ...

  5. Smut Task Force Nears Report

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Broadcast industry executives hope to soon wrap up work on their voluntary recommendations to curb smut on the airwaves in the summer. LAS VEGAS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Broadcast industry executives hope to soon wrap up work on their voluntary ...

  6. Broadcasters Find Ally In Verizon

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Broadcasters could add a powerful ally in their attempts to force cable companies to carry the multiple digital TV channels they hope to offer after the head of the nation's largest telephone company LAS VEGAS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Broa ...

  7. 'I Don't Hate The Game, I Question The Players'

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop beefs are about as old as hip-hop itself. Lately, the tone, intensity and seriousness of these conflicts have created an environment that is entirely too permissive of violence. The role that The Rev. Al Sharpton is president of the Nation ...

  8. NAB Counsel Moves To Wilmer Cutler

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Jack Goodman, former senior VP/general counsel of the National Assn. of Broadcasters, has joined the communications and e-commerce department of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in its Washington Jack Goodman, former senior VP/general counsel ...

  9. Bill Would Apply Indecency Fines To Cable, Satellite

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a Senate bill introduced March 14, federal lawmakers dropped the indecency bomb on cable and satellite radio and TV. They have also set their sights on curbing violent programming on all TV service WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In a Senate bill introduce ...

  10. Kevin Martin Named FCC Chairman

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Bush administration has announced that it has picked Kevin J. Martin to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Under congressional rules, since the Republican Martin has be WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Bush administration ha ...

  11. Kevin Martin Named FCC Chairman

    March 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Republican replaces Michael Powell. The Bush administration has announced that it has picked Kevin J. Martin to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Under congressional rules, since the Republican Martin has been a sittin ...

  12. Bill Would Apply Indecency Fines To Cable, Satellite

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Legislation also aims to curb violent programming. In a Senate bill introduced March 14, federal lawmakers dropped the indecency bomb on cable and satellite radio and TV. They've also set their sights on curbing violent programming on all TV ...

  13. Cheers, Tears For Powell As He Exits FCC

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell thought it would be easy, but in the end saying goodbye to the government agency he's served for seven years was anything but. Without much su WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) ...

  14. FCC Knocks Out Indecency Complaints

    March 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission on Feb. 28 denied a number of indecency complaints. NEW YORK -- The Federal Communications Commission on Feb. 28 denied a number of indecency complaints. In one matter, the FCC considered complaints regarding ...

  15. Clear Channel: Stern Dispute Is Resolved

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Lawsuits dropped by both sides. SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Radio giant Clear Channel Communications Inc. and Howard Stern have agreed to withdraw lawsuits against each other related to Stern's ouster from the radio giant's airwaves because of i ...

  16. House Passes Indecency Bill

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST In an overwhelming bipartisan show of support for tougher indecency penalties, the House of Representatives on Feb. 16 passed a modified Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, by a vote of 389-38. It now WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In an overwhelming bipartis ...

  17. Bill Seeks To Promote Local News

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Lawmakers' pique over the networks' incredible shrinking news hole is prompting legislation that will shorten the time broadcasters have between license renewals and require full commission review of WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Repor ...

  18. Stern Guest Subpoenaed in Probe of Sirius

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST A regular guest on Howard Stern's syndicated radio show said he will testify Feb. 23 in a probe of trading of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. shares, which surged last fall when Stern announced he was mov NEW YORK (AP) -- A regular guest on Howar ...

  19. Indecency Bill Adds Safeguards For Artists

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Artists' unions and other groups were able to get language into the Committee report accomanying the House-passed indecency bill that provides further safeguards against liability for broadcast indece Artists' unions and other groups wer ...

  20. House Passes Indecency Bill

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Measure revises fines for performers. In an overwhleming bipartisan show of support for tougher indecency penalties, the House of Representatives today (Feb. 16) passed a modified Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, by a vote of 389-38. It now goes ...

  21. 'Primary Video Channel' Rule Gets FCC Blessing

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission voted 4-1 on Feb. 10 to reject broadcasters' attempts to require cable operators to carry their entire digital TV offering, whether it is a single HDTV program or WASHINGTON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Th ...

  22. Will Commission Revisit Rules For Kids?

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Advertisers are urging the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider rules that would cut down the number of commercial minutes allowed on TV broadcasts aimed at children. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Advertisers are urging t ...

  23. Must-Carry Broadcast Foes Rally

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST In an effort to avert defeat at the Federal Communications Commission in its bid to require cable operators to carry all of the digital channels broadcasters transmit, the traditionally Republican-lea WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- I ...

  24. FCC

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Story: Copps wants diversity on TV This Week's Story: FCC's Copps Blasts Lack Of Indie-Produced TV Shows By Kimberly Speight LAS VEGAS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- FCC commissioner Michael Copps on Jan. 26 made a plea for ...

  25. Congress

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Story: Indecency bill re-introduced This Week's Story: Indecency Bill Re-Introduced By Bill Holland WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., has re-introduced his Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act. The bill would raise i ...

  26. Litigation

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Stories: Amicis file briefs in Grokster case; Ticketmaster sued over trade secrets; No end to Napster litigation; Court throws out ACNielsen suit; ASCAP sues businesses; FCC won't seek Sup This Week's Stories: Amicis Bri ...

  27. Indecency Bill Re-Introduced

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST Legislation would up fines. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. has re-introduced his Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act. The bill would raise indecency fines on broadcasters and entertainers to as much as $500,000 per violation. It would also require the Fed ...

  28. FCC Chairman Michael Powell To Step Down

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST After four years at the top of the Federal Communications Commission, chairman Michael Powell is stepping down, exiting his post in early March. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After four years at the top of the Federal Communications Commission, chairman Mic ...

  29. Broadcasters Rejoin Must-carry Fray

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Broadcasters are waging a last-minute campaign to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to require cable operators to carry all of their digital TV offerings whether they consist of several c WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- B ...

  30. Supreme Court Sets Date For Grokster Hearing

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Supreme Court announced Jan. 19 that it will hear oral arguments in the MGM v. Grokster case on March 29. A host of entertainment industry and artists' groups supporting the music industry's WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Supreme ...

  31. FCC Chairman Michael Powell To Step Down

    January 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST After four years at the top of the Federal Communications Commission, chairman Michael Powell is expected to step down today (Jan. 21), the FCC confirms. After four years at the top of the Federal Communications Commission, chairman Michael Powell ...

  32. Supreme Court Sets Date For Grokster Hearing

    January 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Supreme Court announced Jan. 19 that it will hear oral arguments in the MGM v. Grokster case on March 29. A host of entertainment industry and artists' groups have filed amicus (friend of the The U.S. Supreme Court announced Jan. 19 ...

  33. This Week's Top Stories

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST <UL> <LI>Bryan Morrison Snaps Up Snapper</LI> <LI>Behind the Deal: The State of the Music Industry -- An Interview with Michael Guido</LI> <LI>FCC Asked To Probe Williams Education Promotion</LI> <LI Br ...

  34. FCC's Adelstein: Payola Alive On TV, Radio

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein says payola is "alive and well in TV and radio journalism," as well as in the relationship between recording artists and radio programmers. He made this charge duri WASHINGTON, D.C. -- FCC Commissioner ...

  35. FCC Asked To Probe Williams Education Promotion

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST A U.S. communications regulator on Jan. 13 sought a probe into whether commentator Armstrong Williams broke the law by promoting the Bush administration's education plan on television and radio withou WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) -- A U.S. comm ...

  36. Crude Crue Triggers FCC Complaints

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Federal Communications Commission officials say they've received complaints about Motley Crue rocker Vince Neil's use of an expletive during the live New Year's Eve broadcast of "The Tonight Show With WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Holl ...

  37. Entercom Stations Face Indecency Fines

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Two Entercom Communications Corp. radio stations in Kansas that aired sexually explicit language could face $220,000 in total fines for violating federal decency standards, U.S. communications regulat WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) -- Two Entercom Com ...

  38. XM Radio Names Former McCain Staffer To Key Post

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST XM Satellite Radio has named Bill Bailey as senior VP, regulatory and government affairs. XM Satellite Radio has named Bill Bailey as senior VP, regulatory and government affairs. Bailey, formerly Commerce Committee Senior Counsel for Sen. John Mc ...

  39. Behind the Deal: An Interview with Attorney General John Ashcroft

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST The day before Attorney General John Ashcroft announced his resignation on Nov. 9, I entered the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. to talk with the nation's top law enforcement official. The day before Attorney General John Ashcroft a ...

  40. Adelstein Gets New FCC Term

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 7 swore in Jonathan S. Adelstein for a new term as a Commissioner, to expire June 30, 2008. He was originally confirmed in 2002 to fill out the term of Gl WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Federal Communications ...

  41. Adelstein Gets New FCC Term

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission today (Dec. 7) swore in Jonathan S. Adelstein for a new term as a Commissioner, to expire June 30, 2008. He was originally confirmed in 2002 to fill out the term The Federal Communications Commission today (De ...

  42. Fox TV Seeks to Void Indecency Fines

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fox Broadcasting Co. and 155 Fox televisions stations on Dec. 3 urged U.S. communications regulators to rescind their proposed $1.18 million fine for airing allegedly indecent content on the "Married WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) -- Fox Broadcas ...

  43. Petition Asks FCC For Satellite Indecency Regulation

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST With envelope-pushing air talent like Howard Stern and Opie &amp; Anthony flocking to the less-restricted refuge of satellite radio, could the Federal Communications Commission be far behind? NEW YORK -- With envelope-pushing air talent like H ...

  44. FCC Auctions 258 Permits for New FM Stations

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST U.S. regulators on Nov. 24 said they had sold 258 permits for new radio broadcasting facilities around the country in their first-ever open FM auction. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) -- U.S. regulators on Nov. 24 said they had sold 258 permits for new ...

  45. Viacom Settles With FCC

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission and Viacom have reached a $3.5 million indecency settlement over three proposed fines and two others already upheld on appeal. Dismissed by the agreement are pend NEW YORK -- The Federal Communications Commiss ...

  46. Viacom, FCC Reach $3.5M Indecency Deal

    November 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission and Viacom have reached a $3.5 million indecency settlement over three Notices of Apparent Liability and two Forfeiture Orders. The Federal Communications Commission and Viacom have reached a $3.5 million inde ...

  47. Viacom, FCC Reach $3.5M Indecency Deal

    November 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission and Viacom have reached a $3.5 million indecency settlement over three Notices of Apparent Liability and two Forfeiture Orders. The Federal Communications Commission and Viacom have reached a $3.5 million inde ...

  48. Behind the Deal: Mel Karmazin On Radio

    November 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST <i>Mel Karmazin made his first public appearance since his departure last summer as president/COO of Viacom during the 12th annual National Assn. of Broadcasters' European Radio Show, held Nov. 7-9 in Mel Karmazin made his first public ...

  49. FCC Commissioner Adelstein Renominated

    November 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST President George W. Bush has announced his intention to nominate commissioner Jonathan Adelstein to the Federal Communications Commission for the remainder of a five-year term expiring June 30, 2008. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President George W. Bush ha ...

  50. FCC Commissioner Adelstein Renominated

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST President George W. Bush has announced his intention to nominate FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein for the remainder of a five-year term expiring June 30, 2008. The Democrat from South Dakota has se President George W. Bush has announced his int ...

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