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"


US HDTV Transition Assessed by FCC

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."


What Makes a TV Show Indecent?

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."


PBS to affiliates: On Your Own for Frontline Documentary

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.'

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"The Librarian" one last time

rteeter writes "For those who missed it (and those who want to relive it), Television Without Pity has an in-depth recap of 'The Librarian'."


Murder-Mystery Online

Anonymous Patron writes "Just in time for the holidays - the BBC has added a techno twist to murder-mystery events:"

It's 15th December 1952 and YOU are the detective in our Christmas Murder Mystery, set at the Burgh Island Hotel in South Devon....A wealthy film star is dead. But will you be able to work out just WHO is guilty of this most heinous crime?


7 million watch "Librarian: Quest For the Spear"

The Reader's Shop writes "The Washington Post reports "The Librarian" surprised the critics, 7 million tuned in to the movie on TNT, making it basic cable's No. 1 flick of the year. Look under the winners section.

More At and as well. If you haven't had enough yet, has an interview with Noah Wyle."


Insider Reviews of "The Librarian"

ALA has posted several reviews of "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear," written by library workers. They received over 200, and like all reviews I've seen already, it's a mixed bag, with the average star rating being 2.65/4. Seems to be a love it or hate it type of movie.


Librarian Reviewers Sought for "The Librarian"

ALA's Public Programs Office has sent out the following announcment:

TNT will premiere its original movie, The Librarian Sunday, December 5, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Information Office would love to hear from librarians and library workers who are able to catch the movie on cable and willing to take a few moments to respond to the short questionnaire below. Responses will be used in media relations and may be published. Please send email (including your name, city and state) to [email protected] before 10 a.m. Central Time Monday, December 6. Thanks!

((Also, check out ALA member and Entertainment Weekly librarian Heidi Weinkam's article in tomorrow's magazine highlighting some of the best librarians and library workers from TV and film history.))

Questions follow.


The Librarian on TNT: Next Sunday

Preview from the San Jose Mercury News (registration required):
• ``The Librarian: Quest for the Spear'' (8 p.m. Sunday, TNT) clearly is meant to be a send-up of the adventure film genre. But it's not nearly clever enough or produced with enough camp to avoid coming off as a second-rate ``Romancing the Stone'' or a third-rate (maybe even fourth-rate) version of an Indiana Jones film.

Still, this tale of a nerd who finds himself responsible for the protection of the world's legendary artifacts has one thing going for it: the chemistry and charm of its star, Noah Wyle, who plays librarian Flynn Carsen.


TNT's Telepic "The Librarian" To Air This December

Well, we've been hearing about TNT's made-for-TV movie for months and months, and now that it's "in the can", the producers have announced (approximately) when it will be December.

Here's the scoop on Dean Devlin's "The Librarian", starring Noah Wylie as the heroic"guybrarian" (ed-italics mine).



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