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White House Science Czar Wants FCC to Force Air Enviro-Population Control Ads

CNSNews.com reports that John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, advocated having the Federal Communications Commission force radio and television stations to surrender free time for advertisements calling attention to what he called “the population-resource-environment crisis.” You can read all about it here: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/55643  More

TV Makes Kids Smarter… Really!

Education Week (subscription) is reporting that video and interactive games are effective in teaching disadvantaged preschoolers the literacy skills they need for kindergarten, according to a large-scale evaluation financed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. TMCnet reports on the story at http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2009/10/14/4424455.htm  More

Channel 4 Signs Long-Form Content Deal with YouTube

Mike Butcher at TechCrunch Europe says that “this is quite a big move from TV broadcaster Channel 4 in the UK. They appear to be admitting their 4oD video-on-demand ‘catch-up’ service is no match for putting the lot on YouTube.” The press release can be seen at http://uk.techcrunch.com/2009/10/15/channel-4-signs-long-form-content-deal-with-youtube/  More