Category: Media

Comcast/NBC deal scrutinized

Federal regulators insist they’ll keep a close eye on the proposed merger of Comcast, the country’s biggest cable-TV operator, and NBC Universal, with its vast content-production empire.   Law Professor Keith Hylton, an authority on antitrust law, says the feds need to make sure the merger won’t crush competition or harm consumers. “But the government should […]

Tiger will finally speak

Tiger Woods, who has been in hiding for the past three months, will speak publicly for the first time tomorrow, marking the beginning of what his agent calls “the process of making amends.”  What does this mean for the golf legend with the once squeaky-clean image?  Frank Shorr, professor of sports journalism and director of the […]

Stephanopoulos to "GMA"

The TV network world is buzzing about former Bill Clinton staffer George Stephanopoulos accepting the offer to co-host ABC’s “Good Morning America,” succeeding Diane Sawyer, who heads to the anchor desk of the network’s “World News Tonight.”  Journalism Professor Bob Zelnick, a long-time ABC News correspondent, says he sees Stephanopoulos as smart, hard-working, and adaptable to the […]

Google blinks at publishers

Google has agreed, as a concession to publishers of paid content news, to let them limit the number of free articles accessed through the Internet search engine.  Journalism Department Chairman Lou Ureneck calls it a positive development for the media indusry, and ultimately for consumers. “The free traffic in articles that news organizations have put […]

Tiger's reputation management

Golf superstar Tiger Woods took responsibility for the nighttime SUV accident in which he suffered minor injuries.  But because he declined to speak with police, speculation erupted about what “really” happened.  Prof. Peter Morrissey, a PR reputation-management expert, says Woods’ reputation could be severely damaged if something comes out that he was hiding. “The news […]

Twitter not for sale

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone says the social-networking site is looking to make more acqusitions, may eventually be taken public, and is definitely not for sale.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, head of the Information Systems Department, says he applauds Twitter for maintaining its independence. “During 2009, Twitter has emerged as a serious and […]

YouTube’s "citizen journalist" channel

The YouTube Direct channel has been launched to let “citizen journalists” conveniently feed content to TV and online news editors.  Broadcast journalism Professor Susan Walker, a veteran TV producer, says if these videos aren’t vetted by news professionals it could unleash a wave of ambush videos from vigilante “reporters.” “I’m with newspaper editor Ben Bradlee who […]

FCC and media-ownership rules

With both newspapers and local broadcasters in deep financial trouble, the FCC reportedly may be looking to loosen media-ownership rules in 2010.  Mass communication Professor T. Barton Carter, an expert on the FCC and communication law, says the difficulty is identifying what changes are needed and finding enough evidence to satisfy any court challenges. “Making […]