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January 25, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Rockefeller tries again with measure on video violence
    A measure that would direct the National Academy of Sciences to conduct research into the effects of violent video games and programming has been reintroduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate commerce committee. The bill, which now sports four co-sponsors, including three Republicans, is similar to a White House proposal calling for a study into the impact of video violence. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (1/24), Adweek (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Facts are needed to determine impact of video violence, Biden says: The White House believes "very strongly" that research is needed to determine what, if any, links exist between violent media images and gun violence, according to Vice President Joe Biden. "Let [the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and the National Institutes of Health go out and look at the pathology that's behind this, if there is a pathology," Biden said. "We shouldn't be afraid of the facts." Broadcasting & Cable (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sen. Marco Rubio chooses talk radio to make immigration case
    Conservative talk radio is the forum of choice as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., looks to make his case for immigration reform. After a recent call-in interview on "The Mark Levin Show," Levin -- who, like many right-wing media hosts, has implacably opposed changes in immigration law -- praised Rubio as a "problem solver." The Huffington Post (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Lawyer: Defamation suit could put "chill" on shock jocks
    If Todd M.J. Schnitt wins his defamation lawsuit against shock jock Todd Clem, aka Bubba the Love Sponge, morning hosts may have to more carefully monitor their off-the-cuff remarks, according to attorney Kevin Goldberg. "Looking at morning DJs, the listening audience understands, for the most part, that it's all schtick, all an act," he said. "... Nobody really believes any of the allegations that are made -- they're closer to a rhetorical hyperbole than unvarnished truth. For Schnitt to win, he has to show that Bubba wasn't simply going over the top. If that happens, it could chill other 'shock jocks' as well." Radio Ink (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Lawmaker: Music royalties will be subject of House panel hearings
    The House Judiciary Committee subpanel on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet this year will conduct several hearings on music royalties. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., has handed the reins of the panel to Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C. A measure sponsored by Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Jared Polis, D-Colo., would reduce the royalties paid by Pandora and other online music services. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (1/23), Radio World (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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