Media Minutes: October 28, 2005

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Media Minutes: October 28, 2005

Congress begins debate on television's transition to digital, but the most important aspect - what happens to analog TV spectrum following the switch - is receiving the least amount of coverage. A newspaper in Newark, New Jersey breaks new propaganda ground by getting paid by the city to report positive news. The Truth in Broadcasting Act gets replaced by the Prepackaged News Story Announcement Act. And a Fast Fact: Fortune 1000 companies are unhappy with the mergers of SBC with AT&T and Verizon with MCI.

Related Links

ACTel: Fortune 1000 survey on SBC/AT&T and Verizon/MCI mergers
J.H. Snider's work on local TV broadcasters' use of spectrum
Legacy Media Group (NJ)
New jersey paper accepting city money to report 'positive news'
Panel rejects Democratic bid to alter DTV deadline, subsidy
The DTV transition's new math


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