Corporate Power/Consolidation

Uncertain times at Seattle Weekly

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A Phoenix-based chain known until recently as New Times Media assumed ownership of the Weekly in January. Since then the paper’s publisher, advertising director, production director, design director, music editor and several longtime writers have left.

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Watch your back when Fox wishes well

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Fox has essentially changed the language in the TV industry with its wishing well, turning a pleasantry into "take a hike."

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The case against the media grab

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The so-called "horse-trading" testimony brought to light one of the giant lies of the daily newspaper business in San Francisco and proved that the out-of-town owners of these papers care more about profits than honest journalism.

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Consumer Advisory Committee adopts media ownership recommendation

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The FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) recommends that it would be in the best interest of consumers for the Commission to adopt a process in the 2006 media ownership review that will provide a full record on the potential impact of media ownership concentration and actively engage consumers in the proceeding.

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Grassroots gears up as FCC revisits ownership rules

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Having forced government media regulators to rethink the relaxation of owner-concentration rules pushed through in 2003, reformers are wasting no time heading off another FCC attempt to facilitate media consolidation.
The fight to protect locally owned and diverse media outlets is gearing up again after the Federal Communications Commission announced it would be opening up a public comment period on newly proposed media-ownership rules.

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Comcast: a problem in need of a solution?

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Comcast promises that they would never block or degrade users' choice of content on the Internet. The Nightline incident indicates otherwise.

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Pearlstine to join Carlyle Group

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Former Time Inc. Editor-in-Chief Norman Pearlstine is to join elite private equity firm the Carlyle Group as a senior advisor, reports Keith Kelly. He will leave his current position as senior adviser to Time Warner to which he ascended after leaving the executive editorship of Time Inc.

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Comcast acquires Seattle-based thePlatform

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Cable operator Comcast has purchased thePlatform, a Seattle-based company that provides digital media publishing solutions.

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FCC OKs Adelphia sale to Comcast and Time Warner, with conditions

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The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a $17 billion deal to sell the assets of bankrupt cable provider Adelphia Communications to Comcast and Time Warner Cable, removing the last federal regulatory hurdle to the transaction.

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New threat to McClatchy deal in California

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Clinton Reilly, a millionaire real estate investor, plans to file an antitrust lawsuit Friday that could derail or at least delay McClatchy's plan to unload the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and Monterey Herald, according to his lawyer, Joseph A. Alioto.

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