Leading national Hispanic organizations called on President-elect Obama to make enhancing minority access to digital opportunities and media ownership an early priority of his new administration.

Raul E. Cisneros has been selected to serve as chief of the Decennial Media Relations Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau. He will be responsible for public affairs and media relations activities supporting the upcoming 2010 Census.

After a calling for a very important meeting, where minority broadcasters would have had the opportunity to voice their opinions on the importance of allowing Class A and Low-power TV stations the opportunity to have full-carriage rights on cable systems (Must Carry). Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Martin suddenly cancelled the meeting due to political pressure or lack of interest from other Commissioners. Many interested parties were in route to Tennessee for this meeting when he canceled the meeting.

Following this flip-flop, Commissioner Martin created an impromptu reporter meeting and teleconference to state that he has not decided if the FCC has the right to investigate Arbitron’s PPM impact on minority broadcasters.

Industry insiders see once again the long arm of lobbyist placing incredible political pressure on Washington DC and the FCC.

On September 2, 2008, PPM Coalition (“PPMC”) filed an “Emergency Petition for Section 403 Inquiry.” PPMC consists of National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, Spanish Radio Association, Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies, Border Media Partners, Entravision, ICBC Broadcast Holdings, Spanish Broadcasting System, and Univision. PPMC asks the Commission to immediately open an inquiry, under Section 403 of the Communications Act, into Arbitron's use of Portable People Meters (“PPM”). PPMC notes that on July 28, 2008, the Commission's Advisory Committee on Diversity recommended the same action that PPMC formally requests here. PPMC argues that PPM methodology undercounts minority radio listeners, that the rollout of PPM methodology starting October 8, 2008 in eight markets (including the four largest radio markets) will seriously harm minority broadcasting and defeat the Commission's diversity goals, and that the Commission

The Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies (AHAA) filed jointly with the PPM Coalition in an emergency petition for Section 403 inquiry by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) into the current Portable People Meter (PPM) methodology used by Arbitron, Inc. AHAA’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the petition that formally questions the accuracy of PPM sampling and methodology. The PPM Coalition’s petition reiterates many of the same concerns expressed by the AHAA PPM Council in a meeting with Arbitron on Monday, August 18th and previous to that in a written document.

The Federal Trade Commission has charged the marketer of a work-at-home business opportunity with violating federal law by falsely promising Spanish-speaking consumers substantial income for stuffing envelopes. The Commission seeks to prevent further violations and to obtain redress for affected consumers.

A report on the status of the digital build out by full power television broadcasters by the FCC's Media Bureau shows that over 96 percent of active full power television stations are either fully operational with digital service or are on track to have their full digital service operational by February 17, 2009.

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin announced a nationwide initiative to increase awareness about the upcoming transition to digital television.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and fellow border governors from Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and various Mexican states have signed an agreement that urges the U.S.

HITN (Hispanic Information Telecommunications Television Network) announced that it will provide on-line access to its gavel-to-gavel video coverage of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) historic en banc hearings held in New York City on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 and Wednesday, July 30, 2

In this Report and Order and Third Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (“Report and Order and Third Further Notice”), we take several steps to increase participation in the broadcasting industry by new entrants and small businesses, including minority- and women-owned businesses, which historically have not been well-represented in the broadcasting industry.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) added the 2010 census to its "High-Risk" list of federal areas in need of either broad-based transformation or specific reforms to prevent waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.

The Nation's full-power television stations will transition from analog broadcast television service to digital broadcast television service on February 17, 2009. The Federal Communications Commission (the “Commission”) released the DTV Consumer Education Order requiring television broadcasters, Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs), telecommunications carriers, retailers, and manufacturers to promote awareness of the nation's transition to digital television. The educational efforts of these diverse groups are intended to provide consumers with clear and correct information about the DTV transition.

U.S. PIRG's small but hearty crew unearthed problems the entire consumer electronics industry and the Federal government have not fully confronted: yet another weak link in the national effort to help millions of Americans weather the DTV transition. I thank them for bringing this to light.

The Federal Communications Commission (the “Commission”) today took measures to help ensure that broadcast stations offer programming responsive to the needs and interests of the communities that they are licensed to serve.

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