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Judge Hands CNN Victory in Bid To Restore White House Press Pass

By Paul Farhi, washingtonpost.com, 11-16-18 A federal judge on Friday ruled in favor of CNN and reporter Jim Acosta in a dispute with President Trump, ordering the White House to temporarily restore the press credentials that the Trump administration had taken away from Acosta last week. In a victory for the cable network and for [...]

By |2018-11-16T14:29:09+00:00November 16th, 2018|Issue Watch|0 Comments

CNN Seen as Likely To Prevail in White House Fight

By Jason Schwartz, politico.com, 11-13-18 President Donald Trump and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders often have the upper hand over CNN in the White House briefing room.  But CNN has likely now claimed the advantage by moving the battle to the courtroom. First Amendment lawyers say courts have a history of defending access for journalists, [...]

By |2018-11-14T15:16:45+00:00November 13th, 2018|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Elections Spell Changes in House TV Oversight

By Harry A. Jessell, TVNewsCheck.com, 11-7-18 With Democrats securing a majority of seats in the House of Representatives, key committees controlling media law and policy – Energy and Commerce and its Communications and Technology Subcommittee – will get new leadership that may be less friendly to broadcasting interests than the outgoing Republicans. Out at the [...]

By |2018-11-07T16:18:18+00:00November 7th, 2018|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Supreme Court Rejects Net Neutrality Appeal

By Associated Press, washingtonpost.com, 11-5-18 The Supreme Court has ended the court fight over repealed Obama-era “net neutrality” rules that required internet providers to treat all online traffic equally. The court on Monday rejected appeals from the telecommunications industry seeking to throw out a lower court ruling in favor of the “net neutrality” rules.  The [...]

By |2018-11-07T16:14:06+00:00November 5th, 2018|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Digital Music Licensing Remake Is Now Law

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 10-11-18 President Donald Trump Thursday (Oct. 11) signed the Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act, which updates the music licensing framework for the digital age and provides congressional overnight of a Justice Department review of long-standing consent decrees with ASCAP and BMI. While the bill includes providing payments for previously [...]

By |2018-10-11T15:38:48+00:00October 11th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Digital Music Licensing Remake Is Now Law

FCC’s O’Rielly: Children’s Television Rules Haven’t Produced Great TV

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 10-10-18 FCC commissioner Michael O'Rielly pitched Kentucky broadcasters on his proposal to deregulate children's TV rules. Generally broadcasters support a lighter touch, but O'Rielly's pitch was delivered with some tough love. In a speech to the Kentucky Broadcasters Association, O'Rielly ticked off stats showing that kids are increasingly [...]

By |2018-10-11T15:38:19+00:00October 10th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC’s O’Rielly: Children’s Television Rules Haven’t Produced Great TV

Senate Passage of Sweeping Copyright Bill Would Touch Radio

By InsideRadio, insideradio.com, 9-19-18 A sweeping update to federal music licensing law, including changes that could impact how much radio pays to songwriters in the future, cleared a significant hurdle late Tuesday.  In a unanimous voice vote, the Senate approved the Music Modernization Act (S. 2823) leading to a chorus of celebration in the music [...]

By |2018-09-19T17:01:11+00:00September 19th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Senate Passage of Sweeping Copyright Bill Would Touch Radio

Justice Department Warns Tech Companies as Facebook and Twitter Defend Themselves in Congress

By Craig Timberg, Tony Romm, Devlin Barrett, and Brian Fung, washingtonpost.com, 9-5-18 The Justice Department warned on Wednesday that leading technology companies may be “intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas” and hurting competition, an ominous development for an industry already under fire from Capitol Hill, President Trump and a range of conservative critics. The [...]

By |2018-09-06T10:45:21+00:00September 5th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Justice Department Warns Tech Companies as Facebook and Twitter Defend Themselves in Congress

California Lawmakers Vote To Pass Toughest Net Neutrality Law in the Nation

By Brian Fung, washingtonpost.com, 8-31-18 California lawmakers rallied enough votes Friday to pass the nation’s toughest net neutrality law to prevent Internet providers from favoring certain websites, setting up a fight with federal regulators who voted last year to erase such rules. If Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs the law in the coming weeks, California [...]

By |2018-09-04T16:06:47+00:00August 31st, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on California Lawmakers Vote To Pass Toughest Net Neutrality Law in the Nation

Google Denies Trump Charge It Rigs ‘Trump News’ Searches

By Darlene Superville and Barbara Ortutay, AP, washingtonpost.com, 8-29-18 WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is accusing Google and other U.S. tech companies of rigging search results about him “so that almost all stories & news is BAD” – and though he is offering no evidence, a top adviser says the White House is “taking a [...]

By |2018-09-04T15:57:52+00:00August 29th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Google Denies Trump Charge It Rigs ‘Trump News’ Searches