Controversy over Nielsen-s Electronic 'People Meters'

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Black and Hispanic interest groups and Rupert Murdoch-s Fox TV are allied against the company with a monopoly on TV ratings nationwide. For years, Nielsen Media Research has asked families in a secret audience sample to keep diaries of their viewing habits. Now, Nielsen is switching from diaries to -people meters,- with billions of advertising dollars are at stake, and Los Angeles is the latest battleground. Minority groups have long insisted that they are not appropriately represented by the Nielsen sample, and they say the -people meters" are making matters worse. Warren Olney joins the LA Times' Jim Bates and Alex Nogales of the National Hispanic Media Coalition for a look at the high-profile struggle that could help determine what all of us see on the tube.
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National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education's report on college access

Governor Schwarzenegger's compromise with UC, CSU

Nielsen Media Research

Bates' article on Ernst & Young audit of Nielsen's electronic meters

US Olympic Committee

USOC's announcement on Ueberroth



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton