Who’s Tuning In, Logging On and Hitting the Books

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.'


Big Bird is Saved!

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."


Next via the Internet: Tailored TV

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 — 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" — will be available for a $1.99 download as early as next month on something called DaveTV.

It's the type of show — niche programming to please any taste or whim — we'll be seeing much more now that broadband Internet has finally become a more reliable conduit for the delivery of broadcast-quality video.


TV Turn-Off Week is Here

TV Turn-Off Week is here (April 25-May 1, concurrent with Saving And
Investing Education Week in the State of Ohio) and with it, suggestions for celebrations in its honor...check out the website .


A ban on TV indecency is the latest rage -- but will it turn into censorship?

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."

PBS fears conservative change in the works for CPB

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."


FCC issues warning about fake news

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."

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"The Librarian" Returning To TNT

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.""


Decency in the New Millenium

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?


Pamela Anderson stacks books

Stacked Stacker writes "Pamela Anderson, soon to star in a sitcom called "Stacked," gets to work in a bookstore. The Columbus Dispatch called her a librarian, but whatever... it's just books, right? More From Reuters"



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