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Shakeup proposed for Mexican TV, phone markets

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has sent a long-awaited telecommunications reform bill to Congress that proposes to shake up the TV and telephone markets.  The proposed legislation could threaten Carlos Slim’s status as the world’s richest man.... Read more»

Broadcasters sue to block transparency

The National Association of Broadcasters is suing to block a rule passed by the FCC last month requiring TV stations to post political ad data on the Internet.... Read more»

Is there any hope for quality in local TV news?

A new documentary, “Running on Empty: The Brain Drain in Local TV News,” looks at the reporting produced by local stations. It’s particularly timely in Tucson, where Channel 11 announced this week that it would lay off its entire news team, and turn its newscast over to Channel 13. (with full film)... Read more»

Trade group: KMSB/KOLD deal 'breathtaking disdain for public'

A national trade group of cable operators is blasting the deal, announced Tuesday, for KOLD to take over news production for KMSB as “breathtaking disdain for the public interest.” The American Cable Association said such deals lead to higher cable bills and “diminished” local news.... Read more»2

Fox 11 to lay off news staff, cancel newscast in Feb.

Tucson’s Fox affiliate, KMSB Channel 11, told employees Tuesday morning that it will lay off its entire news team and cancel its local news broadcasts in February. Some 40-50 staffers will lose their jobs, including reporters, engineers and other station personnel.... Read more»19

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Wildcats roll out basketball TV schedule

The University of Arizona released this season’s TV schedule for the men’s basketball team Monday, and the games are scattered around the dial. You’ll have to tune in on at least 10 different channels to pick up each match up.... Read more»

'Law & Order' taping episode based on Giffords shooting

The January 8 shooting of 19 people in Tucson, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is the basis for an upcoming episode of the NBC crime drama “Law & Order: LA,” Entertainment Weekly reported Monday.... Read more»

'Glee' tour embroiled in gay/straight debate

While the young stars of “Glee Live! In Concert” prepare to open their tour with a two-night stand in Phoenix, show creator Ryan Murphy published an open letter today calling for a boycott of Newsweek magazine.... Read more»

Cashing in on the Colombian accent

Dubbing movies is big business in Bogota. So are call centers. All because it’s easy to understand Colombian Spanish.... Read more»1

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Labine joins CBS pilot; 'Sons of Tucson' could be in trouble

Is “Sons of Tucson” already on the chopping block?... Read more»5

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'Dollhouse' shows post-apocalyptic Tucson

Tucson was envisioned as a post-apocalyptic, bombed-out wreck of city in the “Dollhouse” series finale on Friday.... Read more»1

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How to report the news

Video: Brit Charlie Brooker explains how TV news works.... Read more»

Corky: TV talking heads conduct 'an uncivil war'

In the cave of winds called Television, no zephyr shrieks like the voguish panel discussion. It’s an affliction - or infection, take your choice - that has developed both in TV news and sports.... Read more»1

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