MORNING ROUNDUP: Study Says '30 Rock' Depicts More Workplace Ethics Violations Than Other Hit Shows
- 30 Rock characters violate rules for ethics in the workplace more than any primetime TV characters, CNN.com’s Marquee blog reports, citing a recent study by Global Compliance.
The show averaged 11 violations per episode in its study. For example, when Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy in one episode said that a "chick lawyer" who handles sexual harassment presentations is "asking for it," Global Compliance said this violated rules for diversity, equal opportunity and respect in the workplace.
Grey's Anatomy placed second in the survey with seven violations per episode, followed by CSI and House with six each and The Office and NCIS with five.
- Bobby Farrell, lead singer of 1970s pop band Boney M (Daddy Cool, By the Rivers Of Babylon), has died at age 61 while touring Russia, his agent told the Associated Press.
Farrell, who was born Alfonso Farrell, was found dead in his hotel room in St. Petersburg Thursday morning after he failed to respond to a wake-up call. The agent said the singer had performed Wednesday night, but complained about breathing problems before and after his show.
- Satellite TV mogul Charles Ergen, chairman of Dish Network and Echostar, has used his companies in recent years to buy debt of and thereby secure stakes in two bankrupt satellite operators that own broadband spectrum, according to the Wall Street Journal. Ergen and his firms could use the stakes in Terrestar and DBSD North America to offer mobile video or satellite Internet services - or re-sell the stakes to others, it said. The Journal also chronicled the showdown over control between Ergen and hedge funds.
Some analysts value the licenses that Terrestar and DBSD control at $2 billion-$4 billion, but assume a lower resale value, according to the Journal.
- Nintendo has issued a warning that children under the age of six shouldn't play 3D games on its upcoming handheld gaming device Nintendo 3DS, arguing that looking at 3D images for a long period of time can do harm to the growth of young children's eyes, according to the Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones.
In a disclaimer for an event where the new device can be tested, it asked that six-year-olds and younger kids play games in 2D mode. It also warned that users should take breaks every 30 minutes when playing games in 3-D and stop playing immediately if feeling ill.
The report said that the warning is similar to those made by other makers of 3D consumer electronics products, including Sony, Panasonic and Samsung.