Hey! Good news!
(pdf) The FCC
recently issued notices that broadcasters must disclose the source of Video News Releases, or VNR's, which, if you haven't already heard, "... are essentially
prepackaged news stories, that may use actors to play reporters and include suggested scripts to
introduce the stories."
From the notice: "... listeners and viewers are entitled to know who seeks to persuade them with the programming offered over broadcast stations and cable systems."
has issued cautionary notices
about VNR's before as a response to complaints that several government agencies were walking fine lines
with their "news" productions.
posted by odinsdream
on Apr 14, 2005 -
Broadcast flag blues?!
The EFF seems to be fighting a losing war against the FCC's proposed "broadcast flag" initiative
(Salon), but they're making a big last-minute push to get more people to spread the news and contact the FCC
. Will the broadcast flag initiative become a "gateway regulation", leading us to a future where Hollywood dictates to manufacturers what they can and cannot create? Mass exodus to Tokyo, anyone?!
posted by insomnia_lj
on Oct 27, 2003 -