FCC sends wrong signal on digital TV

by Mike Langberg, San Jose Mercury News

Uncle Sam wants you . . . to buy a digital television.

Yes, our government is now in the business of pushing expensive TV sets on consumers who are wisely keeping their wallets closed.

I'm talking about an unusual marketing effort that sends the Federal

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Murdoch: big three will run world's media

By Jane Schulze and Geoff Elliott, The Australian

RUPERT Murdoch believes that in three years the world will have three large media companies - and News Corporation will be one of them.

Speaking after releasing News's half-year results on Wednesday night, the chairman and chief executive of The

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Most US consumers get local news from papers

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - More Americans rely on newspapers as their source for local news than any other outlet, according to a study released on Thursday by two consumer groups that criticizing new media ownership rules for being based on poor data.

About 61 percent of those surveyed said newspapers

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Principle, not Profit: Seattle's History of Alternative Media

by Jonathan Lawson

In the first decades of the last century, Seattle wasn't a two-newspaper town, as it is barely managing to remain today. Its four or five major newspapers included one of the country's most prominent examples of a now-extinct species: the labor-owned newspaper.

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Comcast: 'We're rolling in cash'

[from PR Newswire}
Comcast Corporation Expects $2 Billion in Free Cash Flow in 2004, Previews Operating Cash Flow Guidance

Board of Directors Approves $1 Billion Share Repurchase Program

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) today announced

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County to rethink Comcast deal: Is the council charging enough?

by Peter Lewis, Seattle Times

King County is re-examining terms of a proposed five-year contract with Comcast for cable TV and broadband service in light of news that it might be dramatically undervaluing rights to 17 channels it would return to the cable giant.

At stake in the negotiations are

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First battle won over Comcast cable deal!

Hello fans of media and democracy,

As Robin Oppenheimer's letter testifies below, we have WON the first stage in the long road to victory to obtain increased community media and financial resources for King County.

THANKS TO YOUR SUPPORT, we were able to persuade all of the King County Council

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The sneaky handling of rules that will dilute media diversity

Philadelphia Inquirer editorial, Sat, Dec. 13, 2003

Over the summer, Senate and House members plunked down on the couch with the American public and took a look at the Federal Communications Commission's plan for more mega-media mergers.

Before long, they were all tossing nachos at the television

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