At NPR’s blog, Robert Smith is sizing up the competition: the new Washington Post radio station that launched this morning. “You want to take this outside for a debate over globalization? I didn’t think so.”
The San Mateo County Community College District will appeal the $15,000 indecency fine the FCC levied against KCSM-TV for naughty words uttered in an March 2004 installment of PBS doc, The Blues. KCSM was notifed of the commission’s decision last week. Washington, D.C.-based law firm Morrison and Foerster will represent the district on a pro bono basis.
The University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., has taken its public radio station off the market. The university was not satisfied with the proposals it received for KUOP-FM but will put the station back on the market within a year. Capital Public Radio in Sacramento will continue to operate the station.
The Columbia Journalism Review looks at the case of Clark Parrish, a religious broadcaster whose companies snapped up hundreds of FM translators from the FCC a few years ago only to turn around and sell them. “Based on the average sale price for one of their translators, their remaining spectrum holdings, which the FCC granted free, could be worth as much as $8.7 million,” CJR says. (Earlier coverage in Current.)
The Los Angeles Times reports that on April 17 Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre will show free continuous screenings of The Armenian Genocide, the controversial documentary debuting on PBS stations that night. Filmmaker Andrew Goldberg rented the theatre after KCET in Los Angeles declined to broadcast both the film and the panel discussion that PBS commissioned to follow it.
A new commercial AM/FM news-talk station in Washington, D.C., hopes to attract a chunk of public radio’s audience by combining a livelier sound with meatier coverage, reports the Washington Post’s Marc Fisher. The Post is partnering on the station with Bonneville International, owner of the city’s successful WTOP-AM.
Michael Coleman tells the Detroit Free Press that he did not embezzle from Michigan Public Media in Ann Arbor, his former employer. Coleman is now g.m. of WDET-FM in Detroit. A Detroit News columnist compares news of the embezzlement charges to “hearing that your mother has been brought up on shoplifting charges.”
If pediatricians agree that media screen time is not appropriate for children under age two, why are Sesame Workshop and a leading child advocacy organization co-producing a DVD series for babies? “Essentially it is a betrayal of babies and families,” one critic of the new brand of infant media and toy products tells the Washington Post. Child development experts have asked Zero to Three, the advocacy group that’s co-producing the Sesame Beginnings DVD series, to end its association with the Workshop. “We believe that your partnership . .