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Frazier Moore, AP Television Writer, takes a look at the current anti-indecency crusade.
"There's a herd mentality when the issue of indecent programming comes up," says Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. "You can say, 'Well, the networks deserve it.' But underneath it all is the First Amendment, and there are very few champions in Congress to warn us about the dangerous consequences of encouraging censorship."
mdoneil writes "The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is now dominated by Bush appointees. The CPB was created by congress in 1967. As a quango it is to act as a buffer between government authorities and broadcasters. For the first time the CPB has appointed monitors (2 veteran journalists) to screen content for bias.
PBS is all worked up over this and is calling it a potential violation of the First Amendment. Is this more liberal whinging? We report, you decide!
More can be found here.
N.B As I type this I am watching Tele-tubbies which is much better than the Stepfordp-like medicated tots on Barney."
slashgirl writes "All the news that's fit to broadcast...or is it? "The U.S. Federal Communications Commission warned broadcasters on Wednesday not to ignore the rules that govern video news releases.
The FCC, the federal agency that regulates the airwaves in the U.S., has received complaints about media outlets that air government-made video reports without identifying their source."
The rest of the story...here."
Joy writes " Sci Fi Wire reports, "Cable network TNT announced that it is developing a sequel to the original fantasy adventure movie 'The Librarian: Quest for the Spear', which earned high ratings for the channel when it aired last December (ed-though LISNewsters reported mixed reviews).
The network told advertisers and reporters that star Noah Wyle will return in the sequel, which will once again be executive-produced by Dean Devlin (Independence Day) under his Electric Entertainment banner. Wyle will reprise his role as unlikely hero Flynn Carsen, a librarian with 22 academic degrees charged with protecting a treasure trove of magical artifacts hidden beneath the Metropolitan Library. The new original movie is tentatively scheduled to air on TNT in the fall.""
From today's New York Times, a profile of the new chairman of the FCC, Kevin J. Martin, and what he and the members of the commission are expected to do in terms of tightening rules of decency on the airwaves. Also under consideration, the question of decency rules as they apply to privately broadcast cable programs.
Mr. Martin's predecessor, Michael Powell (son of Colin Powell) held a hard line on broadcasters; Mr. Martin is expected to be even tougher in the administration of the agency. Is this trend toward national conservatism paralleling what we see in the publishing industry?
AshtabulaGuy writes "In yesterday's edition of its Daily Digest the (United States) Federal Communications Commission noted the release of a staff report sent to Congress relative to the analog-to-digital transition in the United States. The report is available in Adobe Acrobat Format as well as in Microsoft Word format and plain text although the Adobe Acrobat file is probably most easily readable for most readers. The report discusses many issues including why US households are seemingly not overwhelmingly switching to HDTV so close to the deadline for present analog transmitters to go dark. This is a glimpse of a digital divide not normally seen from a library perspective. It looks as if the digital divide goes beyond citizenry not having access to just the Internet. The FCC's explanation of the report can be read in this news release in Adobe Acrobat format."
AshtabulaGuy writes "On February 28th the (United States) Federal Communications Commission released three orders denying complaints that particular broadcasts were "indecent". What were the grounds and what were the cases? Saving Private Ryan, Will & Grace, and Arrested Development (all three news releases in Adobe Acrobat format) were all cases that the FCC recently disposed of. Each order that the news releases refer to provides the background to the particular complaint and a methodical laying out of reasoning for denying the complaint. For librarians wondering whether or not something is "indecent", the orders provide useful views as to the FCC's thinking. For those wanting to see the orders to understand more of what the FCC is thinking beyond what is said in the terse news releases, they are available in Adobe Acrobat format for Saving Private Ryan, Will & Grace, and Arrested Development."
slashgirl writes "'NEW YORK - PBS has warned its affiliates that it can't insure them against profanity fines if they air a raw version of a documentary about soldiers in Iraq.
The public broadcaster is distributing "clean" and "raw" versions of the documentary A Company of Soldiers, set to air on Frontline Tuesday. The original piece contains 13 expletives spoken by soldiers, but producers have created a version with the words edited out.'
Rest here at cbc.ca/arts."