Lightning 100 General Manager Fred Buc — a veteran employee of one of the city's most popular and well-recognized independently owned and operated businesses — has been indicted by a grand jury following charges he sexually exploited a minor.
Pierce Greenberg and The City Paper have the story here.
Big Machine Label Group and Entercom Communications today announced they will partner, with Big Machine and its artists to recieve a share of Entercom’s terrestrial broadcast radio royalty revenues.
In June, BMLG and Clear Channel reached a similar agreement. Terms of both deals have not been disclosed.
Sarah Skates and MusicRow.com have the full story here.
A New York hedge fund has filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission asking to convert stock warrants it holds in New Young Broadcasting, the post-bankruptcy parent of Nashville's ABC affiliate, WKRN News2. The planned move by Standard General would give it more than 50 percent of New Young, which owns stations in 11 cities around the country.
Saying that Tennessee Court of Appeals judges appear to have misinterpreted several aspects of the law, attorneys for NewsChannel 5 and reporter Phil Williams are appealing the court's ruling that Williams may have presented General Sessions Judge Dan Eisenstein in a false light. The court, says Neal & Harwell's Ronald Harris, overlooked a key point in making its decision.
The filing claims that case law and U.S. Court of Appeals rulings have determined that a false statement is an “essential element” of false light. The petition also accuses the Court of Appeals decision of “conflicting with constitutional rights,” including freedom of speech.
The Tennessee Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled that NewsChannel 5 investigative reporter Phil Williams may have painted General Session Judge Dan Eisenstein in a false light in a 2010 story questioning the hiring of an unlicensed psychologist for Mental Health Court. But, writes Pierce Greenberg, the court said Williams did not libel Eisenstein in his reporting. The false-light claims will be resolved in Davidson County Circuit Court. Check out the full opinion here.
The Court of Appeals also singled out Williams’ style of reporting. After receiving a “no comment” from Eisenstein on the way to his car, Williams said in the broadcast that Eisenstein “Still ... had nothing to say.” Eisenstein maintained that he released statements through his lawyer, which were also used in the broadcast.
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