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Brownback plan targets tougher FCC

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas is looking to strengthen the government's hand at regulating content this week. Brownback, one of Congress' most conservative lawmakers, plans to offer two amendments to a government spending bill today when the Senate Appropriations Committee considers legislation that would restore the FCC's power to fine broadcasters for a slip of the tongue and allow it to regulate violent content. Brownback aides refused to provide a copy of the amendments. Becky Ogilvie, a spokesman for the senator, said that Brownback would not release the language until he offered them for consideration by the committee.

Uni, Google are game for 'Bourne' deal

NEW YORK — Universal Pictures and Google announced a new online game called "The Ultimate Search for Bourne With Google" that uses such Google tools as Search, Maps, Images and YouTube and serves as a promotional vehicle for "The Bourne Ultimatum," which also features a Google placement. In the game, inspired by all three "Bourne" films, players will assume the identity of a former CIA operative as they track rogue agent Jason Bourne across three continents. It launches simultaneously Monday at until the film's opening Aug. 3.

Apirian finds exec vp spot at Trailer Park

Gregg Apirian has been appointed executive vp digital marketing at Trailer Park. At the creative marketing firm, he will be responsible for the strategic guidance and tactical leadership of the company's digital marketing business unit. Apirian most recently was executive vp at interactive agency Schematic, where he led the company's new business development and marketing groups.

Cavallo set for City of Hope fete

City of Hope said that Disney Music Group chairman Bob Cavallo will receive the Spirit of Life Award, the organization's most prestigious honor. Cavallo will be feted during a dinner Sept. 27 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The Spirit of Life Award is given in recognition of outstanding philanthropic commitment. More than 2,000 industry leaders are expected to attend the ceremony, which is being hosted by the Music and Entertainment industry chapter of City of Hope, a leading cancer and diabetes treatment center in Duarte, Calif.

RCTV due back on air in Venezuela

MEXICO CITY — Venezuelan broadcaster RCTV is set to re-appear on pay TV systems just months after President Hugo Chavez's government shut down the private network for allegedly backing a failed coup. RCTV chief Marcel Granier told reporters Wednesday that as of Monday, pay TV systems DirecTV, NetUno, Planet and Intercable will begin carrying the network's programming. Venezuela's government refused to renew RCTV's broadcast license this year on grounds that the nation's oldest private TV station backed a movement to overthrow Chavez's government in 2002. The government pulled the plug on RCTV on May 27, replacing it with public broadcaster TVes.

DIY drafts Strahan for 'Stadiums'

NFL player Michael Strahan has signed on to host "Backyard Stadiums," a new home-improvement show for DIY Network. The half-hour series, debuting at 10 p.m. EDT on Sept. 5, follows the New York Giants defensive end as he helps families design and build sports facilities in their own backyards — from batting cages to skateboard half-pipes to miniature golf courses.