Community Media: Selected Clippings – 07/01/07

Law sets new standards for cable operators
by Ray Long
Chicago Tribune (IL)

SPRINGFIELD — Consumers may see more competitive cable TV rates and better service under a set of standards signed into law Saturday by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.   —>,1,995787.story?coll=chi-news-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true

Cable competition is coming
Associated Press
Daily Herald (IL)

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a law Saturday that advocates hope will make Illinois a national leader in opening cable television markets to competition.   —>

Supporters say new Ohio law will spur cable TV competition
by Stephen Majors (AP)
Beacon Journal (OH)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A bill signed into law last week by Gov. Ted Strickland is designed to spur competition among cable television providers, leading to lower prices.  Q: Who will have authority to regulate cable franchises?   —>

High Quality Public Affairs T.V. and Radio Programming Available from the Massachusetts School of Law

The Massachusetts School of Law has added a new public affairs program to its already extensive lineup of high quality radio and television programs. The new show, titled, “What the Media Doesn’t Tell You,” began May 12 and is hosted by MSLAW Dean and Cofounder Lawrence Velvel. “The show aims to generate discussion on vital issues not receiving the coverage they deserve, explains why the media does what it does, and the ramifications for American democracy,” Velvel said. Topics to date have included, Could 9/11 Have Been Foreseen?, The Price of Gasoline, The New York Times and the NSA Case, and Why We Have Such Poor Quality People as Politicians.

In addition to affiliate U.S. AM and FM radio stations that will air the program, the MSLAW discussion show can also be heard via the World Radio Network. WRN broadcasts on Sirius Satellite Radio in the U.S. and Canada on Channel 140, SKY Digital Channel 122 in the U.K. and Ireland, via podcasts, and via the “On the Media” streaming audio channel of

The podcast URL for” What the Media Doesn’t Tell” You is The podcast URL for all other programs is Previous installments of the television programs are available on Google Video.

Throw in TV studio; maybe we can talk
Orlando Sentinel (FL)

As reported a few days ago, a plan from developer Marc Watson includes a basketball arena, retractable-dome baseball stadium and grand prix-style racetrack down by the Orange County Convention Center.  Supporters of the plan to build a new arena, performing-arts center and upgraded Citrus Bowl downtown fret that Watson’s plan could complicate efforts to get a green light from Orange County commissioners. But Watson says that is not his intent.

Still, Watson is a smart businessman. It might not be a coincidence that preliminary site plans for his Orange Megaplex next to the Convention Center include another facility that nobody but a county commissioner would care about: a rather large studio for Orange TV, the county’s government-access cable channel.,0,6073280.story

compiled by Rob McCausland
Dir., Information & Organizing Services
Alliance for Community Media

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