Sep 26, 2006

Center for Citizen Media: Do Public Media Believe in the Public?

Dan Gillmor and Dennis Haarsager share thoughts from last week's Open Content and Public Broadcasting conference, held at WGBH in Boston.

Robert Paterson's Weblog: Change - Seth's View - Public Radio

". . . [W]hat about an Internet Channel for Public radio that is run by the rebels and that has the new as its focus?" asks Robert Paterson in a blog post about innovation in public radio.

NPR Is Hiring a Blogger

NPR is looking for a full-time blogger for its Mixed Signals blog. "Other qualifications not mentioned are a strong liver and deep fondness for insult-flinging world leaders. Willingness to drunk-dial foreign bureaus on deadline also a plus," writes current blogger JJ Sutherland.

Ex-salesman sentenced in radio fraud

A former advertising rep for Michigan Public Media was sentenced to 18 months of probation last week for embezzlement charges, the Detroit Free Press reports. Jeremy Nordquist was one of three former MPM employees involved in the case. (Earlier coverage in Current.)

PubTV stations axe bio of Marie Antoinette

Fearing FCC fines from risque moments in David Grubin's historical biography of Marie Antoinette, Rocky Mountain PBS pulled the program from last night's schedule. The questionable scenes were "nothing worse than what you see on TV elsewhere," RMPBS President James Morgese told the Denver Post, "but in this era of heightened sensitivity by the FCC, fines are pretty stiff."

Las Vegas station to auction former ITFS channels

Sprint, NextWave, Clearwire and other wireless companies may bid on 72 MHz of microwave bandwidth worth an estimated $9 million to be leased at auction in coming weeks by the operator of Las Vegas pubTV station KLVX, the Clark County School District Board, says Las Vegas Business News. The FCC is letting businesses repurpose and reorganize the underused spectrum once used for ITFS school services, as Current reported in April. Wireless companies already own adjacent spectrum, which they plan to use for city-wide services resembling Wi-Fi.