Media Minutes: Sept. 30, 2005

Media Minutes is a weekly, headline-style radio news program focused on issues of media policy and reform. Media Minutes tracks the latest industry developments, keeps an eye on Washington policy-makers, and talks to the experts and activists dedicated to media reform.

Recent programs have covered corporate attacks on community Internet, the dissemination of government propaganda via mainstream media, and the threat of spectrum speculation to the growth of local radio stations. Previous interview guests include law professor Lawrence Lessig, TV talk pioneer Phil Donahue, and journalist Glen Ford.

Media Minutes: September 30, 2005

A leadership change at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting means more partisan mudslinging is likely. Republicans in Congress seek to de-fund public broadcasting completely as a way to help pay for hurricane cleanup, as public radio and TV stations in affected areas help rebuild themselves and their communities. TiVo personal video recorders contain a feature allowing any content creator to "red flag" their shows for automatic deletion. The city of Cleveland Heights, Ohio is considering commandeering a fiber-optic network initially built by now-bankrupt cable company Adelphia. Disney deputizes Verizon to be on guard against illicit file sharing. And a payola punditry update: the U.S. Department of Education spends millions on PR to advance administration policy goals.

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