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Jan 31, 2008

Pick a poll

No matter whether you're a DTV optimist or someone with real concerns about next year's analog shut-off, there was a survey released yesterday that validates your feelings. Bright-siders could take comfort in the NAB's finding that 79 percent of consumers are aware of the transition, a figure that has doubled in the past year. The NAB found that 83 percent of over-the-air households are hip to the coming shut-off. However, Consumer Reports released its own survey suggesting that a smaller figure, 64 percent, were aware of the transition and that 74 percent of those folks had "major misconceptions" about the shut-off. “The good news is that surveys from Consumers Union and the broadcast industry show that more Americans are becoming aware of the DTV transition," said FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. "The bad news is there is still a lot of confusion that could turn into widespread panic if the government doesn't take a more proactive role." Broadcasting & Cable has a good recap here.

'Thanks, OPB, for reaching across the Cascades'

This Daily Astorian editorial lauds the statewide scope of Oregon Public Broadcasting's new daily radio and online talk show, Think Out Loud.

Will KRCL lose its quirk?

Salt Lake City Weekly laments the coming transformation of KRCL from a quirky, eclectic community radio station into one designed to net to a larger music audience, with paid DJs on-air from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. The station is moving to a more broadly appealing music mix format, says James Roberts, chairman of the KRCL board. The change is being fueled by a $195,000 CPB station renewal grant. The station was in danger of losing CPB funding and being shut out from its music-licensing agreements because it failed to maintain the minimal levels of listening or community financial support to be eligible for Community Service Grants.

Will there be pledge breaks?

Pubcasters in the Netherlands are sticking to their plans to air the pornographic film Deep Throat next month after the nation's media minister rejected calls from conservatives to prohibit the broadcast. "There can be no question of a ban, and no investigation of this will be mounted either," said Ronald Plasterk. "The government also has no views on any programme, [sic] moral or otherwise."