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Murdoch brings Gore’s Current TV to the UK

10.09.06

“Current TV is bringing the web’s sense of empowerment to television for the first time.”
- Rupert Murdoch, Chief Executive of News Corp. (the owners of Fox and other media outlets) as quoted in the Financial Times.

From the Financial Times piece:

Mr Gore compared Current TV to the introduction of the printing press in the 15th century, which led to enlightenment. He said: “The television medium for 50 years has had the depressing effect on the conversation of democracy by excluding individuals. But the new affordable digital tools of both cameras and digital video cameras and laptop editing systems now make it completely feasible for individuals with accessible training to participate in the conversation.”

Gore and Murdoch join forces in TV deal
By Emiko Terazono, Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/de691d8a-552e-11db-acba-0000779e2340.html

FYE (TransWorld) Boycotts Scissor Sisters’ Album

09.26.06

“Because of comments by Scissor Sisters about FYE pricing during a speech at this year’s NARM convention, Trans World is refusing to carry the band’s new album, Ta Dah! (out September 26th).” (Coolfer.com)

NARM is the National Association of Recording Merchandisers.

“At NARM this year, Sister’s front man Jake S made a joke about how high the prices were at FYE on his recent shopping trip. This was in the middle of an all out dance party and everyone had a good laugh. Well, except for the FYE guys apparently. They are now refusing to stock the new Scissor Sisters release coming from Universal.” (Hypebot)

Lime Wire Countersues RIAA for Antitrust Violations

09.26.06

Lime Wire claims the RIAA’s “goal was simple: to destroy any online music distribution service they did not own or control, or force such services to do business with them on exclusive and/or other anticompetitive terms so as to limit and ultimately control the distribution and pricing of digital music, all to the detriment of consumers.” (Counterclaim, Paragraph 26, Page 18).

Published at ILRweb.com linked by the Recording Industry vs The People blog which was linked by Slashdot.

MediaWeek: MSN to stream CW season premieres

08.30.06

According to MediaWeek, a deal is imminent for MSN.com to stream “the first episodes of several” CW prime-time shows “sometime between now and the start of the upcoming TV season.”

“Sources familiar with the negotiations say that returning series America’s Next Top Model, Everybody Hates Chris and Supernatural, along with the new drama Runaway are candidates to make their fall debuts on the Web, roughly one week prior to their various on-air premieres.”

The piece points out that last year UPN streamed the premiere of Everybody Hates Chris on Google prior to its TV broadcast. Likewise, the WB previewed Supernatural on Yahoo.

Warner Brothers and CBS Corp. announced early this year that UPN and the WB would be combined to form the CW this September.

And now, says the New York Times, the two media giants have begun a massive marketing campaign to “create an identity for CW and by extension its series, which include America’s Next Top Model, Smallville, Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, One Tree Hill, Girlfriends, WWE Friday Night Smackdown and Runaway.

“The campaign, created internally and by an agency named Troika, is estimated at more than $50 million. That includes the value of the commercial time on the network and on the local stations that will be part of CW if the time were being sold to outside advertisers. By comparison, $50 million is about what such national marketers as ETrade, Hertz and La-Z-Boy each spent last year on advertising in major media.

“The CW advertising is already running on television and radio, in print, online (cwtv.com) and on signs, transit posters and billboards.”

More from the New York Times piece, “Free to Gain Traction for About $50 Million”

“A network is like a shopping mall, and the shows are the stores,” said Jonah Disend, the chief executive at Redscout, a brand-strategy company in New York. “You just don’t go to the stores, you go to the mall.”

Branding a network is becoming increasingly important, Disend said, because of the growing ability of consumers to watch shows “in more than one place” - that is, not only on TV sets but also on the networks’ Web sites such as abc.com, fox.com and InnerTube (cbs.com/innertube); on video iPods; and on such Web sites as aol.com, tvguide.com, video.google.com, video.yahoo.com and youtube.com.

“As we’re speaking,” Disend said during a telephone interview earlier this month, “I’m downloading last night’s Project Runway on my computer.”

Times Website Blocks Article for U.K. Readers

08.29.06

The New York Times yesterday prevented readers in Britain from accessing an article on its website with the headline “Details Emerge in British Terror Case.”

In its place, British readers received a message: “On advice of legal counsel, this article is unavailable to readers of nytimes.com in Britain. This arises from the requirement in British law that prohibits publication of prejudicial information about the defendants prior to trial.”

In an article published today, the Times addresses this action. George Freeman, NYTimes Co. VP and assistant general counsel, explained that in this case, local British laws were respected because the country offers freedom of the press.

CNet editor Margaret Kane has written about this new development in publishing news on the web and has linked to other blogs.

Christian Science Monitor begins full account of Jill Carroll’s captivity

08.15.06

The Christian Science Monitor is publishing then-freelance journalist Jill Carroll’s ten-part account of her captivity in Iraq, one part each day, as of Monday, August 14.

UPDATE (28 Aug 2006): All ten parts and an epilogue have been posted at csmonitor.com/specials/carroll/index.html

Two Fox News employees kidnapped in Gaza

08.14.06

As of 2 p.m. EST, a “Developing Story” headline atop every CNN.com page says:
“Two Fox News employees apparently were kidnapped Monday in Gaza, according to Fox News’ Jerusalem bureau.”

FoxNews.com currently has no related information.

Reuters first reported this less than one hour ago.

UPDATE (28 Aug 2006): Fox News’ Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig have been released. Fox News has published a Timeline: Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig’s Ordeal.

London Police: UK-to-US Airplane Bomb Attack Foiled, Country on highest alert as carry-on items banned

08.10.06

Major UK air terror plot thwarted (Press Association)

UK Department for Transport Release
     “Passengers may take through the airport security search point, in a single (ideally transparent) plastic carrier bag, only the following items. Nothing may be carried in pockets…”

Security level raised to highest level, Critical, at 2 a.m. GMT

Home Secretary John Reid said that despite arrests of multiple suspects that has avoided this attack, the security level and resulting action is a “precautionary measure” intended to “disrupt any further terrorist activity.”

Wired news writer faked information

08.09.06

On the heels of the Reuters photo-doctoring case, Wired has come out with it’s own fake-news discovery.

Wired “traced the [fake source’s] name and Hotmail account provided [by author Philip Chien] to a Usenet posting praising Chien’s work. Wired News senior editor Kevin Poulsen then compared the IP address of the poster and Chien’s computer and discovered they matched. An e-mail sent to Wired News from [another fake source’s] account also originated with the same IP address.”

Times Columnist Ranks Sincerity of Politicians, Journalists, the Public

08.09.06

A post at CJR Daily quotes New York Times columnist David Brooks from last weekend’s Hardball:

One of the things I’ve found in life is that politicians are a lot more sincere than us journalists and we are more sincere than the people that read and watch us.

To simplify this, below is his ranking, from most to least sincere:
   1) Politicians
   2) Journalists
   3) The public

He is also quoted as saying that he is “dubious that media [in any form] affects opinion.”