Civil rights group's FCC positions reflect industry funding, critics say

By Jason McLure

Civil rights organization often agrees with industry backers on FCC issues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Communication":

"… ntributed to this report.     …"

"… f dollars his group had received from CBS Corp., radio giant Clear Channel Communications Inc., Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and the National Association of Broadca …"

"… n-profit MMTC began accepting donated broadcast properties. In 2008, Mega Communications, a Spanish radio network owned by New York art collector Adam Lindemann, …"

"… old the station for $1.15 million last year to Christian broadcaster Salem Communications. In 2010, Trinity Broadcasting Network donated 147 low-power television …"

AT&T, Verizon beat back limits on airwaves auction

By Allan Holmes

Wireless giants face few limits on their buying power at next year's auction of prime spectrum, which could hurt T-Mobile and Sprint.

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… y Chairman Tom Wheeler before the vote. “To promote competition in rural America, carriers must have access to low-band spectrum. We want to make sure ther …"

T-Mobile, Sprint score one in wireless war

By Allan Holmes

Revenue from early auctions boosts T-Mobile's and Sprint's campaign for limits on big wireless companies' airwaves access.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… ons,” Verveer was quoted as saying at a telecommunications conference in Washington. “We're going to be very close or perhaps even have met them by the time …"

"… s. The top four wireless carriers are waging a high-stakes lobbying war in Washington, each trying to convince the FCC to write auction rules favorable to their …"

"… senior policy director for telecommunications at Medley Global Advisors in Washington, D.C. But the two big carriers’ argument won’t be completely undermin …"

Wireless companies fight for their futures

By Allan Holmes

A rare auction of wireless spectrum may determine who controls your cell phone.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congressional Budget Office":

"… ary of commerce in the Clinton administration and a former director of the Congressional Budget Office, Congress’ economic research arm — published a study in Apri …"

Center, NPR win top science reporting award

By The Center for Public Integrity

A Center for Public Integrity-NPR 2012 report documenting a resurgence of black lung disease is honored with a top science reporting prize.

Next week from the Center: Tragic grain bin deaths and travel for federal judges

The Center is publishing two big investigations next week that you can read here and will hear on NPR and other partners.

Reporter talks to NPR about immigration laws

By The Center for Public Integrity

Center's Susan Ferriss discusses 'Separated by Law' on 'Talk of the Nation'

Video: Talking super PACs with PBS NewsHour

By John Dunbar

The Center for Public Integrity's John Dunbar discusses the impact of super PACS on the 2012 election.

The weekly watchdog: Nov. 14 - Nov. 18

By Bill Buzenberg

In case you missed them, catch up on this week's top investigations from iWatch News

Center's Ronnie Greene Discusses Solyndra with CNN

Reporter Ronnie Greene interviewed for a CNN segment on failed solar company Solyndra

Center collaboration with NPR wins Peabody Award

A Center for Public Integrity collaboration with NPR was recognized with a Peabody award for NPR

The billion-dollar election: Parts one and two

By The BBC Radio World Service

The BBC Radio World Service's Steve Evans examines independent expenditure committees and the buying of ambassadorships in a two-part docume

The cost of indecency

By John Dunbar

Big settlements lead to tamer airwaves

Excerpts from this story referencing "Broadcasting":

"… orcement in every major category. [See "2004 Broke all Records on Indecent Broadcasting"]The pause is no doubt related to regime change and two vacancies on the F …"

"… nt of all proposed fines since 2000, the Center found.Viacom, owner of CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Infinity Broadcasting Corp., is the second-largest television sta …"

"… 2000, the Center found.Viacom, owner of CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Infinity Broadcasting Corp., is the second-largest television station owner and second-largest r …"

"… settlement, eclipsing the previous mark of $1.71 million paid by Infinity Broadcasting (now part of Viacom Inc.) in 1995 for shows involving Stern in the early 1 …"

Two hundred channels and nothing on – literally

By Robert Morlino

Low-power TV mogul hopes for big payoff

Excerpts from this story referencing "cellular telephone":

"… n has rights may potentially have tremendous value for other uses, such as cellular telephone service and data transmission.According to Greg Herman, president of the C …"

"… ecome more and more crowded. In addition to television and radio stations, cellular telephone companies—with more than 160 million customers—are all fighting for li …"

"… censes profitable he'll need a financial angel, possibly in the guise of a cellular telephone company. "Hopefully," he said, "there's going to be someone who needs my c …"

Indecency on the air

By John Dunbar

Shock-radio jock Howard Stern remains 'King of All Fines'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wall Street Journal":

"… s never been shy about his reasons for backing Stern. In 1992, he told the Wall Street Journal, "The format of choice at Infinity is the one that has the largest cash fl …"

FCC dawdled as radio grew

By John Dunbar

How did companies like Clear Channel come to dominate radio markets? Blame FCC inaction

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… exceeded in dozens of cities across the United States, according to a new Center for Public Integrity study (Please see "Big Radio Rules in Small Markets") and other sources. A …"

Big radio rules in small markets

By John Dunbar and Aron Pilhofer

A few behemoths dominate medium-sized cities throughout the U.S.