Sep 27, 2006

FCC on LPFM and a public file violation

In actions announced today, the FCC denied a low-power FM application on localism grounds and fined WXLV-FM in Schnecksville, Pa., $10,000 for failing to maintain its public file (PDFs).

Knight seeks proposals for digital community connections

The Knight Foundation will spend $5 million in the first year (and perhaps $25 million over five years) for innovative digital prototypes, initiatives and experiments that improve connections among people in communities. Application deadline for the Knight Brothers 21st Century News Challenge: Dec. 31. Guidelines are posted at Applicants need not be journalists or have printing presses or transmitters. The foundation adds: "Nothing is too far out to qualify."

Hear 2.0: What the new Arbitron rules mean to you

Mark Ramsey comments on Arbitron's decision to include ratings for noncommercial radio in its market reports. "Public radio will now be on commercial radio's radar like never before," he writes. "Commercial radio will more aggressively learn from public radio, compete with it, and counter-program it." (Via Technology360.)

Soldiers' language wiped by fears of FCC

The New York Observer's NYTV columnist reports on how FCC indecency rules inhibit PBS's coverage of the war and other topics. “It’s a really sorry state of affairs if we’re Disney-fying combat,” says filmmaker Martin Smith, whose Oct. 3 Frontline documentary, "Return of the Taliban," will air without f-words spoken by soldiers in combat.