Pai Urges Media Ownership Reforms

In what is likely to be one of his last major speeches as FCC chairman, Ajit Pai used a good portion of his time speaking virtually with the Media Institute on Tuesday, Dec. 15, about the continued fight over new media ownership rules.

Clyburn Praises Public-Private Partnership

Former FCC Commissioner and acting chair Mignon Clyburn made a case for the “public-private” partnership of regulator-industry as the blueprint for advancing a more diverse and inclusive media landscape. Clyburn was delivering her virtual acceptance speech at the Media Institute’s First Amendment awards ceremony.

Media Institute Names 2018 Honorees

Media Institute To Honor Lougee, Herbst

The Media Institute will honor Tegna President-CEO Dave Lougee and Newseum President-CEO Jeffrey Herbst at its annual Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet Sept. 27 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Lougee will receive the American Horizon Award, while Herbst will receive the Freedom of Speech Award.  The master of ceremonies will be communications attorney and […]

Sinclair’s Hanson Joins Media Institute Board

Rebecca Hanson of the Sinclair Broadcast Group was elected to the board of trustees of the Media Institute at the board’s annual meeting today in Washington. Hanson is SVP, strategy and policy, for Sinclair. Hanson is a senior media and telecom executive, with experience in the entertainment, wireless, and regulatory areas. She joined Sinclair Broadcast Group in […]

Media Institute Backs Stations Against Aereo

Online video company Aereo “threatens the existence of the American broadcast industry as the nation has come to know it,” the Media Institute says in papers filed this week with the Supreme Court. The nonprofit think-tank is asking the Supreme Court to hear broadcasters’ challenge to earlier rulings allowing Aereo to continue operating.

OPEN MIKE BY PATRICK MAINES

FCC Charts A Wise Course For Media’s Future

The long-awaited FCC report, “The Information Needs of Communities,” was released last week. Had the report endorsed radical (and preposterous) things, like a federal tax credit for investigative journalism, it would have attracted more ink, and been the subject of conversation far longer. But it’s a credit to its authors, and to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, that it did not do so, because it shows they possess both a realistic view of the scope of the FCC’s limited authority and a healthy respect for the First Amendment.

OPEN MIKE BY PATRICK MAINES

Michael Copps’ Excellent Adventure

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps is now in his 10th and final year as commissioner and he still isn’t happy with the state of media and the journalism it supports. If he and the rest of the FCC couldn’t fix things during the last decade, perhaps the problem all along hasn’t been consolidation or avarice as he argues. Maybe it’s been that what ails the media, and the way forward, are more complex than to be availing of the kind of nostrums Copps has been peddling.

FCC Adviser Touts Value Of Local News

In remarks before the Media Institute this week, FCC adviser Steve Waldman said the agency’s Future of Media report would be released “soon.” According to Waldman, local TV news is “more important than ever,” and the source from which Americans still get most of their news.