• Media More Diverse? Not Really (Wired)
    It's easy to argue that media options are more diverse than ever -- Americans can sit in their living room, turn on the digital cable set-top box and flip through 500 channels, or surf through a dozen news sites on the computer.
  • Radio Monopolies Could Stay Intact Under FCC Plan (Dow Jones)
    Local radio-station monopolies could remain intact if current owners hang onto them or sell them to women or minority groups, under new media- ownership rules being developed by the Federal Communications Commission.
  • FCC Chairman Defends Position Ahead Of Media Rules Vote (CNN)
    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday that commissioners are "very concerned" about media ownership consolidation on the eve of a vote that is expected to relax rules on the issue.
  • Magazine Publishers See Modest Ad Growth In 2003 (Excite)
    Magazine publishers of titles ranging from Elle to Esquire said on Tuesday they expected advertising to show a modest pick-up this year, with the core U.S. magazine market chalking up low to mid-single digit growth.
  • Sympathy For The Times (WashingtonPost)
    Although rarely reluctant to join in a schadenfreude festival, I nevertheless feel sorry for the New York Times.
  • Watchdog Group Says US FCC Too Cozy With Industry (Reuters)
    Federal Communications Commission officials have taken more than 2,500 trips since 1995 that were mostly paid for by the industries the agency regulates, a watchdog group said on Thursday.
  • Y&R Leader Seeks Views from Clients, Employees (USA Today)
    Ann Fudge wraps up a meeting Monday morning in front of an elevator at the Madison Avenue offices here of one of the world's biggest ad agencies.
  • Rupert Murdoch's Digital Death Star (AlterNet)
    Even as Michael Powell and the GOP sweep away long-standing media ownership safeguards, media mogul Rupert Murdoch is mobilizing to further expand his TV empire beyond broadcast and cable. His plans to acquire the key direct broadcast satellite service (DBS) - DirecTV - will allow Murdoch to advance his conservative political agenda, creating new channels and services that disseminate the rightwing ideology now espoused by Fox News.
  • Advertisers Turn To 'Real People' To Sell Their Stuff (USA Today)
    Marketers, pulling a page from reality show scripts, are using more ''real people'' in ads. The move comes even as they're scaling back ads on reality TV.
  • ABC's Walters Lands Hillary Clinton Book Interview (Excite)
    ABC's Barbara Walters has landed the first extensive television interview with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as she launches a tour to promote her highly anticipated memoir "Living History," the network said on Thursday.
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