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Another dictator lashes out at press freedom 19.1.2018 Washington Post: Editorials
A pioneering news outlet faces closure in the Philippines.
Want to see Oprah be president? Maybe she should start with city council. 9.1.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Why chose another charismatic newcomer when there are plenty of qualified women to chose from?
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Reports: FCC head Ajit Pai skips CES tech show after threats 5.1.2018 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- Published reports say Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is skipping the CES gadget show because of death threats....
Disney's Potential 21st Century Fox Merger Continues Troubling Trend of Media Consolidation 26.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
In the US, only a handful of media companies control what children and adults watch and read. Now that number could get even smaller. The proposed $52.4 billion merger of Disney and 21st Century Fox would combine the first and third largest film companies in the world, creating a media monopoly that could be as powerful as a state actor on the world stage. Visitors watch fireworks exploding over the Disney castle at Shanghai Disneyland in Shanghai on December 20, 2017. (Photo: Chandan Khanna / AFP / Getty Images) In the US,  only a handful  of media companies control what children and adults watch and read.  Now that number could get even smaller. The proposed  US$52.4 billion merger  of Disney and 21st Century Fox would merge the first and third largest film companies in the world. Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Pixar, Searchlight, 20th Century Fox and Big Sky would all be under the same umbrella. Disney would also acquire control of TV channels like FX and National Geographic, adding to a portfolio that ...
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Even with 'Star Wars' surge, moviegoing could hit 22-year low. Blame bad sequels, rising ticket prices and streaming 23.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Hollywood is celebrating the end of 2017 with astronomical sales from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which is on track to soon exceed $1 billion in global ticket sales and eventually become the biggest movie of the year. But that won’t be enough to write a happy storyline for the industry.


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FCC proposes $13.4M fine for TV-station owner Sinclair 22.12.2017 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Federal Communications Commission has proposed fining TV-station owner Sinclair $13.4 million for not identifying paid programming as advertising....
Net Neutrality Repeal Undermines Black Efforts to Combat Racial Bias in the Media, Activists Say 20.12.2017
A recent review of the mainstream media found that Black people continue to be misrepresented with harmful stereotypes. Now the Trump administration is paving the way for a new wave of media consolidation and killing net neutrality rules designed to keep the internet free and open to voices challenging racist narratives about people of color. An activist displays a sign during a Black Lives Matter protest in Seattle, Washington, on December 6, 2014. (Photo: Scott Lum ) Support from readers provides Truthout with vital funds to keep investigating what mainstream media won't cover. Fund more stories like this by donating now! During a recent review of how Black families are portrayed by various corporate media outlets, media scholar  Travis Dixon  observed that Fox News portrayed Black families as poor or in need of welfare assistance eight times more often than white families. On hit shows like "Hannity" and "The Kelly File," Black fathers were portrayed as unavailable to their children several times, but ...
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Disney-Fox deal may create a new nerdy nirvana 16.12.2017 AP Business
MENLO PARK, California (AP) -- The coming union of the Disney and Fox media empires is set to create a new nirvana for fanboys and -girls, one that reunites superheroes and sci-fi characters long separated by an energy barrier of corporate legalism....
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' opens huge with $45 million on Thursday 16.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is already doing stellar business.

The Lucasfilm movie grossed $45 million from Thursday night screenings in its domestic opening, making it the second-biggest box-office preview ever, according to studio estimates.

No surprise, the record holder remains 2015’s “Star...

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With Fox purchase, Disney takes on tech titans in streaming wars 15.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Disney CEO Bob Iger’s audacious bid to buy much of the media empire Rupert Murdoch built represents a big bet that the Burbank company can beat Silicon Valley in the war for the future of entertainment.

The Walt Disney Co. on Thursday agreed to pay $52.4-billion to buy film and TV assets owned...

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FCC votes to kick off review of broadcaster ownership limit 15.12.2017 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Federal Communications Commission is voting on party lines to kick off a review of how many TV stations one company can own....
How key Fox executives could fare after sale to Disney 14.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Disney's planned acquisition of 21st Century Fox will change the roles of some of Fox's key executives.
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The Finance 202: Wall Street may not get absolutely everything it wants in GOP tax package 14.12.2017 Washington Post: Politics
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This mouse swallows part of a fox: Disney buys much of Murdoch empire 14.12.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Rupert Murdoch keeps Fox News and Fox TV but sells off other entertainment assets in the face of digital competitors and dynastic tensions.
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Disney's deal to buy Fox studio could bring substantial layoffs, analysts say 14.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Walt Disney Co.’s imminent purchase of much of 21st Century Fox may be a boon to investors as the company moves to bulk up on assets that will help it compete in a rapidly changing media industry. But the deal, expected to be announced Thursday, also could bring substantial job cuts in Southern...

Trump's FCC Has Spent the Year Waging War on Democracy and the Press 13.12.2017
The Federal Communications Commission is enacting some of the most devastating aspects of Trump's agenda with unprecedented fervor, and often with little media scrutiny. While the net neutrality debate has put some light on the agency, it is just one of many aggressive attacks on press freedom by Chairman Ajit Pai whose ideology, like Trump's, lacks subtlety and nuance. Protestors supporting net neutrality protest against a plan by Federal Communications Commission head Ajit Pai, during a protest outside a Verizon store on December 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: ROBYN BECK / AFP / Getty Images) Want to see more coverage of the issues that matter? Make a donation to Truthout to ensure that we can publish more original stories like this one. On Tuesday, November 21, media advocates were incredibly busy. Just as they were packing up and logging out for the coming Thanksgiving holiday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman and former Verizon attorney Ajit Pai  released his plans  to ...
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Disney set to seal $60bn 21st Century Fox takeover 13.12.2017 BBC: Business
A sale of Rupert Murdoch's entertainment assets could be confirmed as soon as Thursday, reports say.
For Disney CEO Bob Iger, Fox deal is about future of TV 13.12.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
When news broke last month that Walt Disney Co. was in talks to buy a large part of 21st Century Fox Inc., the first question many investors had was, why are the Murdochs selling? Then came the second: Why is Disney buying? The $50 billion deal, which could be announced this week, would mark a significant turning point in the empire-building career of Fox’s founder and executive chairman, 86-year-old Rupert Murdoch. It would also be a defining moment for Disney and its Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger. Iger has built a reputation over the past 12 years for making bold bets, including the $7.4 billion he paid for Pixar animation just months after he became CEO.
Trump jokes, Verizon shilling and the end of the Internet: Ajit Pai roasts himself at event 9.12.2017 Washington Post
Trump jokes, Verizon shilling and the end of the Internet: Ajit Pai roasts himself at event
6 women sue Harvey Weinstein, and his former assistant makes new accusations 7.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Six women are suing movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and the studio he co-founded, seeking to turn their case into a class-action suit representing what they say are hundreds of women whom he has sexually assaulted in his decades in Hollywood.

The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in New York against...

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