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C-SPAN's new Book TV Bus takes off from Washington, D.C. in September, slated for 20+ stops at bookstores, libraries, and book festivals in the East, Southeast, and Midwest. The 45-foot coach is a mobile television production studio. Its mission? To promote Book TV's nonfiction book programming, which airs every weekend on C-SPAN2.
See the Book TV Bus schedule and other details here; check back for added dates and locations. In fact, if you're interested in hosting a Bus visit @ your library, submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, include:
(Thanks to the Bookstore Tourism Blog for the tip.)
But now there is another option â€” that is, if our government doesnâ€™t stifle progress with excessive regulation. TV fans can look toward a new service called IPTV â€” Internet protocol television. Itâ€™s high-tech TV delivered via your computer. According to the Aug. 8, 2005, issue of Fortune magazine, this technology can â€œdeliver to consumers just the video content they want, when they want it, rather than broadcasting every program to millions of homes.â€?
IPTV = redefining library collections."
Canadian-born actor James Doohan has died at the age of 85. Mr. Doohan is best known for his work on the United States television program Star Trek.
Born in Vancouver in March 1920, Doohan was raised in Sarnia, Ontario. Mr. Doohan was a member of Royal Canadian Artillery and participated in the invasion of Normandy at Juno Beach. During the battle he was wounded six times and lost his middle right finger. Doohan remained in the military, trained as a pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force, and flew an artillery observation plane.
After the Second World War, Doohan became an actor, beginning on radio dramas in 1946. In 1966 he was cast as Montgomery Scott chief engineer aboard the fictional USS Enterprise. It was a role that stuck with Mr. Doohan through the rest of his career. Mr Doohan was awarded an honorary doctorate in Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering for inspiring countless students into the engineering and science fields.
Mr. Doohan is survived by his wife of 28 years, Wende. A BBC tribute page, where users can submit thoughts and reminisces about the actor can be found here.
vonjobi writes "According to the NOP World Culture Score Index: 'Globally, individuals say they spent 16.6 hours watching television, 8 hours listening to the radio, 6.5 hours reading and 8.9 hours on computers/Internet (for non-work related reasons) on average each week.'
lislemck writes "Andrew Taylor and the AP via SignOn San Diego sez House rescinds proposed cut in federal support of public broadcasting. This covers funding for both the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as well as National Public Radio. Yeah! More DVDs to circulate (library slant)--plus quality programming for the kiddies."
One From The Associated Press says Cable television often boasts that it can deliver esoteric fare suiting nearly any taste. But it could be rendered obsolete by the likes of Bill Eason's hog cooking class.
The North Carolina cook's program â€” self-described as an "all-day, whole hog class edited down to 45 minutes on how to find, select, prepare and serve whole hog from the man who cooks several hundred per year" â€” will be available for a $1.99 download as early as next month on something called DaveTV.
It's the type of show â€” niche programming to please any taste or whim â€” we'll be seeing much more now that broadband Internet has finally become a more reliable conduit for the delivery of broadcast-quality video.
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."