The high court on Friday said it would take on the case brought by Philadelphia-based Prometheus Radio Project, a collection of low-power radio stations. Prometheus and others are challenging the FCC’s rollback on the grounds that the commission has not given sufficient consideration to how such moves will impact broadcast station ownership by women and minorities.
The FCC has been fighting in court over its media ownership rules for 17 years, through Republican and Democratic administrations. Most recently, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals last September vacated the FCC’s 2017 rule changes, saying the commission had not properly defined some of the specific terms used to define how stations would be evaluated for complying with revenue- and reach-based limits.
The decision had the effect of reinstating rules that limit the ownership of newspapers and TV stations in the same market, and mandates that limit on the number of TV and radio stations that a single entity can own in the same market.
The National Association of Broadcasters and most of the largest TV station groups are siding with the FCC in pushing for an overhaul, arguing that the rules put undue burden on broadcasters at a time when they face tougher competition than ever from largely unregulated competitors.
“NAB looks forward to presenting our case before the Supreme Court this term,” said CEO Gordon Smith, in a statement. “For almost two decades, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked common-sense changes to outdated broadcast ownership regulations to the detriment of local journalism. The time has come to allow the FCC to modernize its rules.”
Oral argument is expected to occur either in January or February.
The Third Circuit wrote last September that the FCC’s analysis of the market impact of allowing entities to own more stations was “so insubstantial that it would receive a failing grade in any introductory statistics class.” The appeals court also accused the FCC of comparing “apples to oranges” in its long-range study of female and minority station ownership because the commission’s methodologies have changed over the years.
“The media marketplace has undergone massive changes over the past few decades, let alone since 2004,” the NAB said in September 2019 after the Third Circuit ruling. “We strongly encourage the FCC to appeal this misguided decision so that broadcasters can compete on an even playing field with tech giants and pay TV conglomerates.”
Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman, issued a statement applauding the Supreme Court’s decision to review the case.
“I am very pleased that the Supreme Court has agreed to review the Third Circuit’s Prometheus decision, which vacated the FCC’s long-overdue reforms of its media ownership rules,” he said. “This is a breakthrough: a real chance to finally have media ownership rules that better match today’s realities. For seventeen years, the same divided panel of the Third Circuit has repeatedly frustrated the FCC’s efforts to amend its rules to allow broadcasters to compete in today’s dynamic media marketplace. Upon review, I hope that the Supreme Court will affirm the FCC’s reforms, which empower struggling local news outlets to thrive in today’s increasingly competitive media landscape.”
Media Invitation: National Capital Commission launching first call to developers for exceptional site in Ottawa – GlobeNewswire
LeBreton Flats – Library Parcel
October 30, 2020
OTTAWA, Oct. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The National Capital Commission (NCC) invites the media to a teleconference briefing on Friday, October 30, 2020, at 1 p.m. EST to discuss the launch of the request for qualifications (RFQ) toward the development of the Library Parcel at LeBreton Flats.
This media opportunity follows the first call to developers for innovative proposals toward a net-zero carbon and socially inclusive development of the LeBreton Flats Library Parcel in Canada’s Capital.
The news release announcing the launch, as well as the RFQ document, will be posted on Friday morning.
MEDIA BRIEFING BY TELECONFERENCE
|When:||Friday, October 30, 2020, 1 p.m. EST|
|Who:||Katie Paris, Director, Building LeBreton, National Capital Commission|
Registration is required before 11 a.m. EST on October 30. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
B-roll footage and high-resolution visuals of the Library Parcel are also available upon request.
NCC Media Relations
BBC warns staff not to bring corporation 'into disrepute' over social media use – Yahoo Canada Sports
‘Don’t bring the BBC into disrepute,’ staff warned in new social media rules
New guidance bans employees from expressing personal opinions on current political debate
Journalists, meanwhile, are even given advice on how to use emojis
It comes as part of new boss Tim Davie’s crusade to maintain corporation’s impartiality
BBC staff have been warned not to bring the corporation “into disrepute” on social media.
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="New rules policing employees’ use of sites such as Twitter have been imposed as part of new boss Tim Davie’s crusade to maintain the corporation’s impartiality.” data-reactid=”39″>New rules policing employees’ use of sites such as Twitter have been imposed as part of new boss Tim Davie’s crusade to maintain the corporation’s impartiality.
Under the guidance, journalists have been subjected to specific rules which ban “expressing a personal opinion on matters of public policy, politics, or controversial subjects”.
As part of this, reporters have also been warned against “virtue signalling” – “no matter how apparently worthy the cause”.
This includes retweets, likes or joining online campaigns which could “indicate a personal point of view”.
The rules even extend to the use of emojis which “can accidentally, or deliberately undercut an otherwise impartial post”.
Journalists have been told: “Nothing should appear on your personal social media accounts that undermine the perception of the BBC’s integrity or impartiality.”
There is also an instruction for all staff not to “express a view on any policy which is a matter of current political debate or on a matter of public policy, political or industrial controversy, or any other controversial subject”.
Gary Lineker, the Match of the Day presenter who is the corporation’s highest-paid employee, has been known for using his Twitter account for outspoken attacks on the government – a point of such contention that it was discussed at a House of Commons select committee last month.
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="High-profile BBC journalists such as political editor Laura Kuennsberg have also been accused of biased Twitter posts, though the corporation has never found her in breach of impartiality rules for something she has posted on social media.” data-reactid=”69″>High-profile BBC journalists such as political editor Laura Kuennsberg have also been accused of biased Twitter posts, though the corporation has never found her in breach of impartiality rules for something she has posted on social media.
Meanwhile, the following social media rules will apply to all staff:
Always behave professionally, treating others with respect and courtesy at all times: follow the BBC’s Values
Don’t bring the BBC into disrepute
Don’t criticise your colleagues in public. Respect the privacy of the workplace and the confidentiality of internal announcements
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Watch: New BBC boss threatens to suspend employees’ Twitter accounts” data-reactid=”75″>Watch: New BBC boss threatens to suspend employees’ Twitter accounts
The BBC warned breaches of the rules “may lead to disciplinary action” and even “possible termination of employment in serious circumstances”.
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Appearing before MPs last month, Davie raised the prospect of suspending employees’ Twitter accounts for impartiality breaches, though there is no mention of that in the new guidance.” data-reactid=”81″>Appearing before MPs last month, Davie raised the prospect of suspending employees’ Twitter accounts for impartiality breaches, though there is no mention of that in the new guidance.
Davie took over as director general at the beginning of September with a warning that it is time to “renew” the corporation’s commitment to impartiality: a constant source of controversy surrounding the BBC.
Social media disinformation campaigns tied to vaccine hesitancy – TheChronicleHerald.ca
By Lisa Rapaport
(Reuters Health) – Social media disinformation campaigns designed to cast doubt on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines are contributing to vaccine hesitancy and a meaningful drop in annual coverage, a new cross-national study suggests.
Researchers examined overall Twitter use per country from 2018 to 2019 in a global database of geocoded tweets, then extracted data on 258,769 tweets related to vaccinations. They measured the sentiment of tweets using the Polyglot Python Library; assessed the aggressiveness of foreign vaccine disinformation campaigns on a 5-point scale with higher scores indicating more intense efforts. They also examined public attitudes about vaccine safety and vaccination rates for 10 common vaccine doses between 2008 and 2018.
Based on the analysis of social media activity for up to 190 countries, researchers found that each 1-point increase in efforts by foreign vaccine disinformation campaigns on social media was associated with a 15% annual increase in the number of negative tweets about vaccination.
Each 1-point increase in the foreign disinformation efforts was also associated with a mean 2-percentage-point decrease in annual vaccine coverage, and a cumulative decline of 12 percentage points across the decade-long study period, researchers report in BMJ Global Health.
“Since any and all opinions can be presented as fact, this proliferation makes it more difficult for individuals to be informed about particular issues, because truth is lost in noise,” said study co-author Steven Wilson, an assistant professor of politics at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and co-director of the Digital Society Project.
“When combined with the presence of disinformation, the effect can be creating questions about whether established facts are in fact established,” Wilson said by email. “The creation of doubt is particularly harmful when it comes to vaccination, because it is the introduction of uncertainty that causes hesitancy.”
One limitation of the study is that Twitter isn’t used in every country, and also isn’t the only social media platform used to disseminate disinformation about vaccines, the study team notes. Researchers also were not able to examine specific content of foreign disinformation campaigns or the prevalence of anti-vaccination propaganda.
“We are seeing more and more that some celebrities and social media influencers with a very large reach are sharing anti-vax material,” said Anders Hviid, a professor of pharmacoepidemiology at Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, who wasn’t involved in the study.
“We have also seen that anti-vax material has been featured prominently by the algorithms of Facebook, Google search and YouTube,” Hviid said by email. “This constant bombardment of misinformation will erode trust in even the most well-educated populations eventually.”
This makes it incumbent on clinicians to do what they can to provide accurate information about vaccines and stress the importance of inoculations, said study co-author Charles Shey Wiysonge, director of Cochrane South Africa, a unit of the South African Medical Research Council, based in Parow Valley, Western Cape; and a professor of global health at Stellenbosch University.
“Clinicians should adopt a patient-centered approach, for enhancing patients’ internal motivation to change by exploring and solving their own doubts,” Wiysonge said by email. “Patients should be engaged in a collaborative working relationship, which allows the patients to feel involved in the vaccination decision, in a respectful and non-judgmental atmosphere.”
SOURCE: https://bit.ly/3oDuAjA BMJ Global Health, online October 23, 2020.
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