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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Comcast taps Republican FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker for D.C. office


From the LA Times Company Town (click here).

Cable giant Comcast Corp. has hired Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker as senior vice president of government affairs for its NBCUniversal unit.
BakerBaker, who will resign from the FCC, is the latest hire for Comcast, which has been beefing up its already formidible lobbying team since taking over NBCUniversal. Earlier this year, Comcast wooed National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. President Kyle McSlarrow away from the association to be president of Comcast/NBCUniversal Washington.
“Commissioner Baker is one of the nation’s leading authorities on communications policy and we’re thrilled she’s agreed to head the government relations operations for NBCUniversal," McSlarrow said in a statement.
A Republican who served as a commissioner for a little less than two years, Baker's hire so soon after voting in favor of Comcast's deal to acquire majority control of NBCUniversal from General Electric Co. raised eyebrows among some media watchdogs.
"This is just the latest -- though perhaps most blatant -- example of a so-called public servant cashing in at a company she is supposed to be regulating," said Craig Aaron, president and chief executive ofFree Press, a nonprofit media reform organization.
FYI: the official name of the new company is correctly "NBCUniversal" as one word....

FOX pulls plug on drama, and long form dramady. More reality and game shows?

Fox makes decisions. It was a busy afternoon at Fox on Tuesday as the network pulled the plug on dramas "Lie to Me," Chicago Code" and "Human Target", as well as midseason comedies "Breaking In" and "Traffic Light," a funny comedy saddled with a horrible title. The moves will make room for new shows. More on Fox from Variety and Deadline Hollywood and Vulture.

Why Blackberry just lost me as a customer, FOREVER!



You don't have to click or even ask, now loud advertisements blur out just because you go to a new web site or you pass your cursor, without even clicking, over the wrong image. ANNOYING! I listen to Internet radio or watch video while doing other things on my computer, so when a loud ad overwhelms whatever I am listening to or watching it sends my blood pressure flying and has quite the opposite effect that the advertisers intend. I will never buy or use any product that forces itself upon me so blatantly.

Of course I am strange by today's standards. I do not like those increasingly large and now animated banners that force my attention away form a television show I am watching, the constant exposure to television and video, even in the bathroom, and those bright billboards on the highway that change just as you want to read the message, not only keeping you from reading an advertisers message that caught your eye, but causing a distraction that could not possibly be good for your concentration as a driver.

We have become an intrusive, loud, "in your face" society.

How an we escape?

And why is everyone so passive about corporate intrusion on every aspect of our lives?

What's next, advertising on our bedroom ceilings and out living room walls (believe it or not plans for video images in both areas are in the works)?