Les Moonves Settles With City Of L.A. Over Ex-CBS Boss’ ‘Misuse’ Of 2017 LAPD Sexual Assault Report

Les Moonves has settled his debts with the City of Los Angeles, at least financially. In a meeting of L.A.’s Ethics Commission Wednesday afternoon, the body voted for a second time on a payout from the multi-millionaire former CBS boss. Unlike the Feb. 21 meeting, this time the proposed settlement passed.

What A TikTok Ban Would Mean For The U.S. Defense Of An Open Internet

Global digital rights advocates are watching to see if Congress acts, worried that other countries could follow suit with app bans of their own.

U.S. Reps Raise Concerns That Disney, Fox, WBD Sports Streaming Venture Will Be Anticompetitive

In a letter sent Tuesday to the CEOs of the three companies, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) requested answers about the competitive implications of the proposed sports streaming JV. “As programmers, your companies exert tremendous influence over pricing across the live sports TV ecosystem,” Nadler and Castro wrote in the letter to Disney’s Bob Iger, Fox’s Lachlan Murdoch and Warner Bros. Discovery’s David Zaslav.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Actors Sue Commercial Casting Site Over ‘Pay For Play’ Policy

A group of actors filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday against Casting Networks, one of a handful of websites that connects actors to commercial auditions, alleging that the platform functions as an illegal pay-for-play system. Casting Networks offers actors a free tier and two premium tiers. The paid options allow actors to upload more video to their profile and to submit for unlimited roles.

Producer Sues Al Roker Over DEI Policy Failures

Bill Schultz claims he was fired in retaliation for pushing back against executives at Al Roker Entertainment, who allegedly undercut a PBS-mandated diversity program.

Pro-Trump Network OAN And Smartmatic Settle 2020 Election Defamation Suit

Voting technology company Smartmatic and the far-right network One America News said Tuesday that they had settled a defamation lawsuit stemming from the outlet’s lies about the 2020 election. “The case has been resolved pursuant to a confidential agreement,” OAN attorney Chip Babcock told CNN. Both parties declined to share details about the settlement.

Huntley, Montana (Pop. 411) Could Get Its First FM Station

NAB Offers FM And TV Station Self-Inspection Guides

The National Association of Broadcasters has released new broadcast station self-inspection guides for FM and television stations. These two guides assist broadcasters in conducting a self-inspection of their stations. Guides […]

Duggan, Kristol Fire Latest Volley Against Fox’s WTXF Renewal

In a letter to the FCC, former Democratic FCC Commissioner Ervin Duggan and conservative commentator William Kristol, explain why they think defense of Rupert Murdoch and son Lachlan by Pennsylvania’s two Democratic senators is wrong.

Internet Providers Must Now Be More Transparent About Fees

Following the design of FDA food labels, these broadband labels will provide easy-to-understand, accurate information about the cost and performance of high-speed internet service to help consumers avoid junk fees, price hikes and other unexpected costs. Internet service providers selling home access or mobile broadband plans will be required to have a label for each plan beginning April 10.

How A Case Against Fox News Tore Apart A Media-Fighting Law Firm

Tensions had been brewing for years inside Clare Locke, a top defamation law firm. Then came the biggest defamation case of them all.

LinkedIn Settles Battle Over Faulty Ad Metrics

LinkedIn and two advertisers have agreed to settle a long-running battle over the social media platform’s allegedly inflated ad metrics, according to papers filed Monday with  a federal appellate court. Settlement terms have not been disclosed. The move likely brings an end to a dispute dating to 2020, when the tech company TopDevz and recruiting platform Noirefy alleged in a class-action complaint that LinkedIn’s erroneous metrics allowed it to charge inflated prices for ads.

Big Four Affiliates: FCC Needs To Regulate Virtual Cable Now

Major TV station owners are seeking new federal rules that they say will bridge the gap between old video providers and new online services streamed on phones, tablets and connected TVs. Pushing for the new rules are the independent network affiliates of the ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox networks, a group that consists of about 600 TV stations that want the FCC to put at the top of its agenda the equal-treatment policies that have been stalled for about a decade.

Internet Providers Must Now Be More Transparent About Fees, Pricing, FCC Says

Much like nutritional labels on food products, “broadband labels” for internet packages will soon tell you just what is going into the pricing of your service, thanks to new rules adopted by the FCC.

New Privacy Bill Would Restrict Behavioral Advertising

Bipartisan lawmakers on Sunday unveiled a discussion draft of a sweeping privacy bill that could restrict companies’ ability to serve targeted ads to consumers. The proposed American Privacy Rights Act of 2024, introduced by Senate Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and House Energy And Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), would require companies to allow consumers to opt out of targeted advertising based on non-sensitive data that is linkable to individuals or devices.

Faith Stowers Sues Bravo, NBCU

Faith Stowers, a former Vanderpump Rules cast member, accused NBCUniversal on Friday of racist harassment and retaliation, becoming the latest Bravo star to sue over her treatment on a popular reality show. Stowers appeared on Seasons 4 and 5 of the series, which aired from 2015 to 2017. In her lawsuit, she alleges that castmate Lala Kent brandished a knife at her during an argument in Season 4, held it to her neck and threatened to “cut a bitch.”

FCC Hands Alabama TV Station A Must-Carry Win Over Dish Network

The FCC on Thursday handed WGBP Opelika, Ala., a victory in its attempt to maximize distribution by satellite TV provider Dish Network, which had claimed the station was trying to game the rules in a way that might encourage other stations to copy. Acting on the station’s must-carry complaint filed last December, the commission’s Media Bureau agreed with WGBP that it was legally entitled to far broader carriage than Dish was willing to grant.

NAB Adds Nandu Machiraju As SVP-Deputy General Counsel

He will develop and advance NAB’s policy goals, leading industry advocacy on NextGen TV and addressing a variety of spectrum matters and other regulatory issues.

Judge Schedules Newsmax Case Over 2020 Election Lies For September Trial

A judge has scheduled a major defamation case against right-wing cable channel Newsmax to go to trial in late September, putting the battle over 2020 election lies front-and-center at the peak of the 2024 campaign. Newsmax and the voting technology company Smartmatic could still reach an out-of-court settlement, and further delays are possible. But if the Sept. 24 trial date holds, the fallout from former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election will be on full display as he tries to return to the White House.

Disney, John Ridley, ABC Hit With Discrimination/Retaliation Suit By Female Exec

A former ABC director of development is taking the network, parent company Disney and John Ridley to court for gender, racial and economic discrimination, claiming they firing her when she complained about the alleged situation. In a nine-claim complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Asta Jonasson says she was pink-slipped in 2022 after more than a decade at ABC after putting in writing her frequently mentioned grievances about being overlooked for promotions and underpaid.

Andy Cohen Turned Bravo Into A Cable Powerhouse. Now The ‘King Of Reality TV’ Faces His Own Drama

Bravo and the producers of shows such as Real Housewives face a slew of allegations and lawsuits claiming bullying, harassment and unfair labor practices.

AI & THE MEDIA

George Carlin Estate Settles Lawsuit Over AI-Generated Comedy Special

George Carlin‘s estate has settled a lawsuit over an AI-generated imitation of the late comedian, with the creators agreeing to remove it from their YouTube channel and podcast feed.

Trump Sues Two Trump Media Co-Founders, Seeking To Void Their Stock In The Company

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Donald Trump is suing two co-founders of Trump Media & Technology Group, the newly public parent company of his Truth Social platform, arguing that they should […]

Kansas Paper And Its Publisher Are Suing Over Police Raids. They Say Damages Exceed $10M

The Marion County Record’s parent company and Eric Meyer, its editor and publisher, accuses the city of Marion, the Marion County Commission and five current and former local officials of violating free press rights and the right to be free from unreasonable law enforcement searches guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit also notified the defendants that Meyer and the newspaper plan to add other claims, including that officials wrongly caused the death of Meyer’s mother the day after the raids, which the lawsuit attributes to a stress-induced heart attack.

Steven O. Newhouse, Steven A. Miron Resign From Warner Bros. Discovery Board Amid DOJ Probe

Warner Bros. Discovery said today that directors Steven A. Miron and Steven O. Newhouse, both of have both notified the board that they have resigned after the U.S. Department of Justice informed them that it was investigating whether their service on the company’s board of directors violated Section 8 of the Clayton Antitrust Act. That section prohibits directors and officers from serving simultaneously on the boards of competitors, subject to limited exceptions.

Facebook Allegedly Killed Its Own Streaming Service To Help Sell Netflix Ads

Facebook “Watch” looked like a Netflix killer in 2017, but antitrust prosecutors claim it was shut down to protect advertising deals.

JESSELL AT LARGE

FCC’s Heavy Hand With Nexstar And WPIX Is Misguided, Out-Of-Date

FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel is in a position to do much good for TV journalism, but she chooses to do harm. On March 21, the agency fined Nexstar $1.2 million […]

Hawaiian Telcom Keeps Pressing FCC On Nexstar Blackout

TV stations should not be permitted under federal rules to put off until the final moments their decision to enter serious carriage negotiations with pay-TV providers, according to cable TV operator Hawaiian Telcom. Hawaiian Telcom made that point in a filing with the FCC last Friday over its ongoing regulatory dispute with Nexstar Media Group about a three-week blackout last July that impacted 34,000 of its subscribers.

How The Disney Vs. DeSantis Battle Ended In A Stalemate

What started as a public statement condemning Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law devolved into a years-long, bitter feud in which neither side wanted to give the appearance of surrendering.

Journalists’ And Writers’ Unions Call On Congress To Consider Threats To Their Work In AI Legislation