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December 26, 2012News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Movie industry reacts to Newtown, Conn., massacre
    The movie industry is responding to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., by delaying premieres of violent movies and declaring a willingness to take part in national discussions about the prevalence of violence. Former Sen. Chris Dodd, an opponent of the National Rifle Association while in Congress, is now head of the Motion Picture Association of America. After the Newtown shooting, he said the movie industry wants "to do our part to help America heal." The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Journalists struggle with slow grind of "fiscal cliff" talks
    The "fiscal cliff" may end up taxing Americans, but for now it's taxing journalists to find engaging ways to cover the negotiations, which tend to be repetitive, incremental and, ultimately, tedious. "There is a good cast of issues and opportunities, like tax reform, we should debate. But instead, we settle for small tweaks to a worn-out debate over minimal spending cuts versus raising taxes on the rich," observed Will Cain, a CNN contributor and columnist for TheBlaze. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • M&M Broadcasting challenges sale of Tenn. station
    M&M Broadcasting, which owns two radio stations in Knoxville, Tenn., is challenging in a lawsuit the sale of WNOX-FM to Journal Broadcasting, which would give Journal four stations in the market. M&M's suit against the seller, Johnny Pirkle, says M&M had a deal to buy WNOX before Journal stepped in. The planned sale still requires Federal Communications Commission approval. (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Broadcast Programming 
  • Are changes coming as "Rock Center" moves to Friday?
    As NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" gets ready for its February move from 10 p.m. Thursdays to the same time slot on Fridays, Williams reportedly may "start distancing himself" from the program, which has struggled in the ratings. The "with Brian Williams" part of the title may even be dropped as other people take turns anchoring, a source said. Another source in this New York Post article disputes the claims, saying, "Brian is and remains the anchor." New York Post (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Food brands take aim at children's smartphones
    Food marketers are shifting their ad spending to mobile and social in a bid to target smartphone-wielding children, according to a Federal Trade Commission report. Social campaigns and branded mobile applications are seen as a cost-effective way to target young consumers, researchers say. "These online media are not necessarily as costly as display advertising, yet potentially have a farther, and more immersive, reach than display advertising," the report notes. The Wall Street Journal (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Former cable industry leader James Mooney is dead at 69
    James Mooney, who served as president and CEO of the National Cable Television Association from 1984 to 1993, has died at the age of 69. The organization, now known as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, was at the center of efforts to deregulate the industry. "During his tenure, cable saw a dramatic rise in the number of households subscribing to multichannel video as well as the appearance of precursors to many of today's consumer-friendly and highly interactive services and technologies," said NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell. Multichannel News (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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