The Motion Picture Assn. of America says that its Business of Show Business event — slated for April 5 in Washington — is being postponed. The decision was made to put off the conference, its biennial showcase bringing together studio chiefs and Washington lawmakers, because incoming CEO Chris Dodd will be only a few weeks on the job.
More Threats to NPR: House Republicans will hold an emergency meeting of the Rules Committee today to take up a bill to block funding to NPR and any of its member stations. Unlike previous efforts to curtail funding for public broadcasting, which target the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, this proposal would aim right at NPR for the rest of this fiscal year. (Talking Points Memo).
Brian Lowry proposes an idea for funding public broadcasting: Have commercial broadcasters pay for it in exchange for relaxing public interest standards. He writes, “Instead of airing 6 a.m. weekend talkshows that go unwatched, support nonprofit channels that will happily showcase the arts and public affairs and serve two groups the commercial marketplace neglects: the very young and the old.” (Variety)
“Sesame Street” stars lobbied Capitol Hill on Tuesday, trying to counter Sen. Jim DeMint’s attack on the “Muppet lobby.” (Los Angeles Times)