Eshoo’s commercial loudness, FM radio bills advance

Two bills by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, concerning the broadcasting industry were approved Thursday by the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet sent on to the full Energy & Commerce Committee, according to Radio Business Report. • H.R. 1147 will allow low power community broadcasters to use frequencies adjacent to full power FM stations. • H.R. 1084, which is known as the CALM Act or the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, will require TV stations, broadcast and

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Commercial loudness bill advances

Broadcasting & Cable reports that a hearing is scheduled on Thursday for Palo Alto Democratic Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s bill to insure that the volume of ads isn’t louder than the surrounding programming. The bill would require the FCC to adopt the commercial volume standard being developed by the TV industry with the backing of advertisers and agencies. Eshoo has said she introduced the bill because she was tired of hearing commercials that were louder than the program she was watching.

Rep. Eshoo targets loud TV commercials

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, has reintroduced legislation that would stop television broadcasters from turning up the volume for commercials. She has introduced House Resolution 6209, also known as the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, which would “prescribe a standard to preclude commercials from being broadcast at louder volumes than the program they accompany.” She said she has grown tired of being “blasted not only off my sofa, but out of my home when the ads come on. It has

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Bill would require local broadcast news

Broadcasters would have to show a “dedication to local news gathering” and cover more election news in order to renew their licenses under a bill authored by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (pictured), D-Palo Alto. Eshoo’s bill, H.R. 4882, would also require broadcasters to renew their licenses every three years instead of the current eight years. In December, Eshoo was talking about bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, which required broadcasters to give free air time those who oppose the political comments of

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GOP leader blasts Eshoo over Fairness Doctrine

Palo Alto Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s call to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, which would force conservative talk radio stations to air opposing views, has drawn fire from House Republican Leader John Boehner. “The so-called Fairness Doctrine would restrict free speech on the public airwaves, stifling dissent at a time when an open national dialogue about our country’s future is essential,” Boehner said in a press release Tuesday. “The American people do not believe the federal government should be in the business

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Rep. Eshoo to push for Fairness Doctrine

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (pictured), D-Palo Alto, said Monday she will work to restore the Fairness Doctrine and have it apply to cable and satellite programming as well as radio and TV. “I’ll work on bringing it back. I still believe in it,” Eshoo told the Daily Post in Palo Alto. The Fairness Doctrine required TV and radio stations to balance opposing points of view. It meant that those who disagreed with the political slant of a commentator were entitled to

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HP ethics officer sought phone records

Marcy Gordon of the AP has obtained e-mails written in February by Hewlett Packard “ethics officer” Kevin T. Hunsaker in which he asks detectives to obtain the phone records of the wife of board member George Keyworth and the phone records of people Keyworth was with in January. Federal and California prosecutors are pursuing criminal investigations of the company’s leak probe in which investigators hired by HP obtained the phone records of seven board members, nine journalists, two employees and

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Eshoo committee to probe HP scandal

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, whose members include Palo Alto Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, has announced that it will investigate Hewlett Packard’s spying on its own board of directors and nine reporters. CNET, which had three reporters whose phone records were stolen by HP investigators, said that it was told by a committee aide to expect a two-day investigative hearing on the legality and prevalence of telephone “pretexting,” the tactic of posing as someone in an attempt to obtain their

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Members of Congress seek review of KR sale

Six members of Congress from the Bay Area asked the Justice Department on Friday (May 5) to “give careful consideration” to the antitrust implications of the planned sale of the Mercury News and other Knight Ridder newspapers to Dean Singleton’s MediaNews, according to the Los Angeles Times. A letter to the DOJ sent by Democratic Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Michael M. Honda of San Jose, Ellen O. Tauscher of Alamo, George Miller of Martinez, Barbara Lee of Oakland and Anna

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