WASHINGTON – What is good for U.S. media businesses but bad for American diplomacy? That is the question posed at today's CCLP Washington forum by Martha Bayles, author of "Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America's Image Abroad". Author Martha Bayles with Pubic Diplomacy Council president Don Bishop (left) and CCLP senior fellow Adam Powell (right) Since 1999, she said, U.S. media companies have more than quadrupled their revenue from overseas sales. But more and more, Bayles argued, the content is offensive to foreign audiences — and it misrepresents the United States….
PolicyMic: Both Senior Fellow Morley Winograd and Mike Hais discuss reasons for the decrease in viewership of television shows and news channels with millennials….
Truthdig: Senior Fellow Richard Reeves writes on the role of guns and television in the Zimmerman case and past cases….
Senior Fellow Orville Schell was quoted in an article in The Nation entitled "Can Olbermann and Gore Democratize The Media?" The piece examines if the new television network, Current, being launched by former Vice President Al Gore will be a game-changer in the realm on political debate on TV….
Chris Smith, CCLP Faculty Fellow, was quoted in Variety about the rise in minority focused programming, and how it will effect the audiences in mainstream broadcast television….
According to The Wrap, Senior Fellow Neal Baer will be leaving his position as executive producer Law & Order: SVU at the end of this season. Baer is signing a contract to begin work on development with CBS Television. The senior fellow has been a part of L&O:SVU for the past 11 seasons….
Los Angeles station KCET's announcement on Friday that it is canceling all PBS programs is a dramatic, all-stakes-on-the-table gamble. KCET is gambling that, without hefty payments to PBS and substituting a new lineup of independent and international programs for the PBS network feed, it will be a smaller but sustainable public service broadcaster. For its part, PBS is gambling that KCET cannot possibly go through with its plan and will have no alternative but to pay the substantial dues required to keep PBS programs on the station….
Neal Baer, Senior Fellow, spoke with entertainment website Zap2It about the latest news on the upcoming season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He discusses the guest stars slated to enter the station this fall as well as other plot twists and turns that will take place during the show's 12th year….
Cinny Kennard and her team of researchers are hard at work preparing their report for the Federal Communications Comission entitled Future of Media & Information Needs of Communities in a Digital Age (FOM) . Based in the offices at the CCLP, the team has set up a war room, spending countless hours researching each member's assigned area of focus. Kennard was approached by the FCC for this project, specifically to research the state of television news on commercial broadcast. The FOM project is led by Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the FCC, Steve Waldman….
The Federal Communications Commission recently appointed Senior Fellow Cinny Kennard as a Special Consultant to work on the team researching and preparing a report on the Future of Media & Information Needs of Communities in a Digital Age. According to the FCC, "the goal of the project is to help ensure that all Americans have access to vibrant, diverse sources of news and information that will enable them to enrich their families, communities and democracy." As traditional forms of news struggle to survive and new forms of media flourish, the research team will acquire extensive knowledge of the media world…