Archive for the ‘Media regulation’ Category

Continued EU attacks on public service broadcasting

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

The EU continues its slow assault on public service broadcasting (framed as preventing 'unfair' subvention that might interfere with commercial media operations) with a new consultation process into state aid and public broadcasting. The consultation runs until 10th March, 2008, and responses can be made online.

New ‘youth’ radio service for west of Ireland

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

i102-104, the group that won the tender for a youth service for the North-West, recently signed their contract with the BCI. The related press release promises us 'contemporary hits' and that the schedule "will also give prominence to new music and more specialist genres such as alternative rock and RnB/urban ...

Community radio show goes online-only, avoids indecency restrictions

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

DIY, Portland is normally broadcast monthly on KBOO. This month, however, the content would risk falling foul of FCC regulation if broadcast over the airwaves - they're focusing on masturbation - so they've turned to the web (for this particular episode). An interesting contrast to other community radio programmers I've ...

FCC adopt new LPFM rules

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

It was late - after 9pm EST - last night before the FCC meeting finally began, but it looks like they've adopted some useful changes to the rules governing LPFM: Allows the transfer of LFPM licenses subject to significant limitations. Reinstates the Commission’s rule that all LPFM authorization holders be local to ...

Interesting times for LPFM

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

These are interesting times for LPFM. First, a bill to allow LPFM on '3rd adjacent channels' has just passed a US senate committee. Those familiar with the service will probably know that the original FCC proposal for an LPFM service, back in the 1990s, was subsequently amended by Congress after ...

New EU rules permit product placement

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

New EU-wide regulations for product placement in TV content are on the way, after being approved in the European parliament. In the past product placement has not been allowed in many, if not all, EU countries, but that's all about to change. The claim from those pushing product placement is that ...

Jewish community station for Leeds in UK

Monday, November 12th, 2007

The United Kingdom has been rather late to the game in developing community radio - undoubtedly a legacy of the Thatcher years when, of course, we were informed that society (and presumably community) didn't exist. New stations are now, however, being rolled out, with the latest being an announcement today ...

Community radio for Bangladesh

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

I heard this first via a Twitter Tracking update, and then tracked down more detailed information online. It seems that Bangladesh may soon get community radio stations, something that has been pushed for for some time.

Editors arrested for disclosing broad trawl for user records

Friday, October 19th, 2007

A story developing before our eyes. Early this afternoon (Pacific Time) I got a mail on Lauren Weinstein's Privacy mailing list, pointing to a subpoena directed at the editors of the Phoenix New times:In a breathtaking abuse of the United States Constitution, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, ...

Impressions from Vancouver

Friday, October 19th, 2007

I'm sitting in a room at Simon Fraser University, overlooking the Vancouver harbour. The rain, which had lifted over lunch, has returned, making the hills, of North Vancouver, on the far side appear ghostly, when they are visible at all. In a strange way, however, this rain seems so familiar, ...