|Public TV For Sale|
by Tracy Rosenberg, San Francisco Bay Guardian
February 4th, 2012
The San Mateo Community College District Board of Trustees has announced the upcoming sale of its independent public television station, KCSM-TV. Some potential new owners are cause for alarm.
|AT&T / T-Mobile Merger Bites the Dust
Washington DC - Signaling the tail end of a regulatory process that hasn't been going AT&T's way for some time, the telecom giant made formal the abandonment of plans to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telecom.
|FCC Comes Out Against AT&T Takeover|
by Media Action Grassroots Network, Pitchengine
On November 22nd, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski released a draft order recommending AT&T and T-Mobile appear at a hearing in front of an administrative judge before the $39 billion deal between the two corporate giants goes through.
|Regulators Focus Eye on the Sale of KUSF|
by Reyhan Harmanci, Bay Citizen/New York Times
When KDFC, the popular commercial classical radio station, was sold to the University of Southern California in January and bumped down to 90.3, the nonprofit end of the dial, hundreds of thousands of classical music fans lost the ability to hear the station’s offerings, thanks to the downgraded signal strength.
|The Public Access Crisis|
by Eric Arnold, Alternet
Public-access television has always had a low-budget, amateur reputation. Yet Rod Laughridge's alternative news program "Newsroom on Access SF" was anything but that. Though San Francisco's public-access station had its share of offbeat shows —- like the risqué DeeDeeTV, hosted by self-described "pop culture diva" Dee Dee Russell — "Newsroom" took itself seriously. Its mission, as described on its website, was to "bring community-based, community reported and produced independent news and interviews from a grassroots viewpoint — unhindered, uncensored and unaltered."
|Where Are The Jobs AT&T Promised?|
by Art Brodsky, Huffington Post
While most of the labor union leadership has decided to blindly follow AT&T off of a cliff in the company's quest to conquer T-Mobile, it's refreshing to find that someone who has finally, if too late, saw the light. He, apparently alone, recognized the value of AT&T's promises of new jobs if the company gets what it wants. Zero.
|Council Tree Vs FCC - To The Supreme Court|
A Communications Daily article on Council Tree vs FCC (Media Alliance is a public interest co-plaintiff) which just filed a petition to overturn flawed spectrum auction sales in the United States Supreme Court.
|Constituents Push Congress For A Level Playing Field Online:|
San Francisco – Members of Media Alliance, Common Cause, Amnesty International and the Media Action Grassroots Network are meeting with Representative Pelosi's office today at 3:00pm to urge her to sign a letter calling on Federal Communications Commission Chair Julius Genachowski to ensure a level online playing field by using his authority to reclassify the Internet.
|MA Press Release on KPFA - November 9th|
Berkeley-After a slow motion buildup for several months, The Pacifica Foundation, the Berkeley-based 501(c)-3 not-for-profit organization that holds the licenses for five educational radio stations across the country and provides content for 150 affiliated stations, has finally moved to stanch financial bleeding at the network's Berkeley unit KPFA-FM by laying off 7-8 employees after posting a million dollar loss over the past two years.
|MA Press Release on KPFA November 4th|
Berkeley-At noon today, a handful of employees at Pacifica Radio's Berkeley unit KPFA-FM, have announced a picket of their parent 501(c)3 organization, the Pacifica Foundation, which owns 5 educational radio licenses around the country and provides programming to 100 other affiliated stations.
|Victory in Council Tree vs.FCC|
On August 24th, the DC Third Circuit Court upheld the Council Tree et al vs FCC case (MA was a plantiff) releasing anti-competitive restrictions on spectrum sales.
|Public Interest Groups Demand Reversal of Media Consolidation: Hearing Friday May 21st at Stanford University|
On the eve of a Federal Communications Commission field workshop on media ownership at Stanford University on May 21st, a coalition of public interest groups, including Media Alliance, Prometheus Radio Project, The Office of Communications of the United Church of Christ and Free Press, represented by the Media Access Project and the Institute for Public Representation, have filed a brief with the US Court of Appeals, stating a 2008 decision to significantly weaken media ownership rules was unreasonable and against the law.