PublicationsDecember 15, 2006

Are Sirius and XM Headed for the Altar?

It’s hard to know whether the universe of satellite radio companies is about to be cut in half. Is Sirius Radio boss Mel Karmazin’s talk about a merger between his company and XM Radio simply chatter or a prelude to a deal? Any union of the two intensely competitive satellite radio services would have to pass regulatory muster. Here’s a look at how the two satellite radio services stack up.

PublicationsNovember 15, 2006

Back to the Age of Local Publishers?

Suddenly, local ownership of newspapers is making something of a comeback. Since the breakup of Knight Ridder last year, and the threat of more cutbacks in newsrooms, private ownership groups and individuals have emerged in cities from Boston to Los Angeles wanting to buy the local paper. Who are they? A rundown.

PublicationsJune 20, 2006

The Tribune Co. Controversy

Members of the Chandler family are pushing the Tribune Company to sell off some of its media assets. Tribune is pushing back. PEJ looks at the dispute.

PublicationsMay 24, 2006

Philadelphia Story

The city’s two dailies have been sold to a group of local businessmen for $562 million. PEJ offers a look at the deal’s history, players and impact.

PublicationsApril 4, 2006

The Knight Ridder Sale and the Outlook for Newspapers

The enduring cynicism over the Knight Ridder sale has a hollow sound. The events set in motion by the McClatchy Company’s purchase can spark a chain reaction (so to speak) that would bring something close to the new economic model journalists have been wishing for.

PublicationsApril 29, 2003

Does Ownership Matter in Local Television News?

The study examines the tendencies of different local television news ownership structures.

PublicationsFebruary 27, 2003

New Federal Rules for Media Ownership

How aware is the American public of the debate currently taking place about changing the rules over media ownership in the United States?

PublicationsJanuary 7, 2003

All News Media Inc.

Without much notice, the federal government is moving toward the most sweeping change ever in the rules that govern ownership of the American news media.

This shift could reduce the independence of the news media and the ability of Americans to take part in public debate. Yet because of mea …

PublicationsMarch 18, 2002

The Letterman Fiasco Holds a Lesson for Disney

For the sake of argument, put the public interest aside. Forget that broadcast airwaves are public property. Strictly in economic terms, the Walt Disney Co. got lucky when it failed to woo David Letterman to join ABC. The public nature of the Letterman embarrassment has granted Disney something rare …

PublicationsMarch 6, 2002

Why We Need ‘Nightline’

What's left of broadcast television journalism is at stake now, many in the business believe, in the war within the Disney Co. over whether to replace "Nightline" with the late-night comedy of David Letterman. The people who run Disney seem intent on displacing "Nightline" …