January 27, 2009
Confuse a Viewer Starts Now
The Senate, under urging from the Obama administration, has voted to put off the national broadcast switchover to digital until June 12, despite warnings that viewers will be very confused. The House votes on similar legislation today. The Nielsen Company estimates that about 6 and a half million households are still not ready to receive only digital signals. The run up to the digital switchover began some three years ago, but viewers, broadcasters and the FCC have felt the heat only relatively recently. A federal program to help the public absorb some of the costs of the switchover has run out of money.
January 26, 2009
NY Times, Gatehouse Media Reach Settlement Over Copyright Infringement Allegations
The AP announced that Gatehouse Media and the New York Times have settled a copyright infringement lawsuit, just before the two were to argue in court over the Boston Globe's use of Gatehouse Media's material on the Globe's "Wicked Local" websites. Read more here. Here are details of the agreement.
More On the Assassination of Stanislav Markelov
Here's a piece from NPR on the death of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov.
Nigerian Filmmaker's Family Threatened
A mob broke into the home of filmmaker Hamisu Lamido, who is serving a sentence for releasing a film that had not been licensed by the appropriate Nigerian film agency, and threatened the safety of Mr. Lamido's wife and children. The mob eventually left without harming Mrs. Lamido or the children. Mr. Lamido's lawyers are appealing his sentence. Read more here in a BBC story.