• Broadband Bill Advances, but Its Survival Is Doubtful (NYTimes)
    The House overwhelmingly approved a measure to unshackle the nation's largest telephone companies from regulations that impede their expansion into the high-speed Internet market.
  • Wolf Asks NBC to Stop Advertising Liquor (B&C)
    NBC should reinstate its self-imposed ban on advertising liquor, said Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and 12 other members of Congress in a letter to the network.
  • Consumer Confidence Declines (Washington Post)
    Consumer confidence slipped this month after two months of gains, but it remains high enough to support "healthy consumer spending in the months ahead," the Conference Board said yesterday.
  • Study: Publishers, Agencies Clash over Web Billings (IAR)
    A new Jupiter report suggests that sites should avoid usurping agency creative duties, despite the promise of higher fees.
  • 'Big Three' See Record (Low) Revenue Performance (B&C)
    More evidence that broadcasters got hammered last year: The gross revenues of the "Big Three" networks fell more than 10 percent versus 2000.
  • A Look at Commercials That Aired During the Olympics (NYTimes.com)
    Many commercials shown during the Winter Games were better than expected, surpassing the botched batches that made viewers cringe during the last few Olympics.
  • Congress' Gift To The Internet (Forbes.com)
    Warning: The next annoying pop-up ad you see could be your congressman hitting you up for money.
  • MGM, NBC Team Up On Sales (B&C)
    NBC Enterprises and MGM Worldwide Television Distribution are launching a new media-sales company that will handle all barter-sales efforts for the two syndication companies’ off-network and first-run programs.
  • MSNBC Mulls What Went Wrong (AP)
    It's a unique form of torture for a television executive. His network often had triple its usual audience the last two weeks, but MSNBC President Erik Sorenson couldn't enjoy it.
  • Niche Nets Siphon From Broadcasters (Emonline)
    Cable cannibalization is a myth. While conventional wisdom holds that the new niche cable networks are eating the broad-based outlets' share of audience, Turner Entertainment Networks President Bradley Siegel contends that niche networks are not growing at the broad-based networks' expense, but rather at the expense of the traditional broadcast networks.
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