MORNING ROUNDUP: Nickelodeon Criticized After iCarly Star Wears Cigarette-Brand Shirt
PLUS: Cathie Black is rejected by a state panel for schools chancellor position, Gawker agrees to keep Sarah Palin excerpts off site, Google struggling to get music biz online in time for holidays.
- Nickelodeon is facing criticism after a character on its tween hit, iCarly, wore a T-shirt with a logo of a cigarette rolling paper brand on a recent episode, the New York Post reports. Carly's older brother, Jerry Trainor (played by Spencer Shay) donned the Bambu Apparel T-shirt, as first noticed by the 14-year-old niece of the brand's owner, Sarah Saiger. "She took a screen shot of it with her phone and sent it to me," Saiger told the Post. "It was unbelievable to me that they didn't do any due diligence. I always made sure not to put advertisements for my clothes near kids. I don't want kids buying my shirts. My nieces and nephews are not allowed to wear the clothing. They can look at the artwork, but they do not wear the clothing." A Nickelodeon rep said, "The shirt was randomly selected from a national department store by a customer, and we had no idea what the design represented."
- Google's planned digital music service is facing delays amid resistance from music labels, meaning it may launch early next year instead of by year's end, the New York Post reported Wednesday. The Internet giant has been talking to labels for months and hoped to launch the service in time for the holiday shopping season. Labels still have questions about Google's plan to allow consumers to stream music to any device and use a "digital locker" for storage, which Google is planning in addition to traditional downloads, the Post said. A key concern about the storage system is that people may store pirated downloads alongside with legal ones. "What's been holding things up is that the labels will do downloads, but they need to know more about the locker service, and Google really wants to keep the two together," one senior music source told the Post.
- A state panel rejected former Hearst exec Cathie Black as New York City schools chancellor, the New York Post reports. The eight-member panel voted 4-2 to deny a waiver of the superintendent education credentials. Still, state Education Commissioner has the final say, and could still vote her through. He has said he would approve the move if an educator served as her deputy.
- Gawker has settled its copyright lawsuit with Sarah Palin, who was angry the site published excerpts of her memoir, America by Heart, THR, Esq. reports. "HarperCollins is gratified that it was able to resolve the dispute in this way," a spokesman said in a statement. "HarperCollins does welcome public commentary on its books so long as any book content is utilized in a manner that is consistent with the law." Sniped Gawker editor Remy Stern, "HarperCollins’ decision to file suit against us and seek a temporary restraining order generated a good deal of press for Ms. Palin’s book in advance of its publication. Now that the book is out and destined to appear on the bestseller list, we’re pleased that HarperCollins proposed settling this case as is, thus avoiding lengthy litigation for both sides.”