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San Francisco Bans Happy Meals
L.A. Times, November 2, 2010

Supreme Court to Hear Violent Video Game Case
Associated Press, October 31, 2010

'Happy Meal' Legislation Will Be Back for Seconds
San Francisco Weekly, September 28, 2010

FCC Examines Complaint About Skechers Cartoon
Associated Press, September 22, 2010

FCC Probes Complaint That Cartoon Advertises Skechers Shoes
Washington Post, September 22, 2010

Skechers Cartoon Series Slammed in Petition
CBC News, September 15, 2010

FCC Asked to Block Skechers' New Cartoon Series
Associated Press, September 14, 2010

Special Report: Outgunned FDA Tries to Get Tough With Drug Ads
Reuters, September 3, 2010

Kids in Their Sights
National Post, August 27, 2010

S.F. Proposal: Healthier Kids Meals or No Toys
San Francisco Chronicle, August 11, 2010

Reps Seek Info From Comcast, MSNBC, Others on Web Tracking, Targeting
Broadcasting & Cable, August 5, 2010

Senate Passes Child Nutrition Act
New York Times, August 5, 2010

Junk Food Advertising Needs Watershed Ban
UK Telegraph, July 26, 2010

Chairman: FTC Leans Toward 'Do Not Track' Registry
Advertising Age, July 27, 2010

FTC to Include Teen-Targeted Measures in Online Privacy Recommendations
Broadcasting & Cable, July 15, 2010

Should We Care If Cher Swears? The FCC, Indecency, and Marketing to Children
CCFC Blog, July 15, 2010

Kucinich Pushes to End Tax Subsidies for Junk Food Advertising
The Huffington Post, July 12, 2010

Save Cheerios Not Children? Why Food Industry Self-regulation Just Isn't Going to Work
CCFC Blog, July 9, 2010

Debate Looms Over Teens' Privacy Right on the Web
Fox News, July 7, 2010

Coalition Asks FTC to Extend Child Privacy Protection to Mobile, Gaming and Other Platforms
Media Post, June 30, 2010

A Leading Advertiser Calls for an End to Advertising to Children
CCFC Blog, June 29, 2010

Viewers Must Know When They're Watching Product Placement, Says UK Regulator
Deadline London, June 28, 2010

The First Cannes Lion for Not Advertising At All
Alex Bogusky Blog, June 24, 2010

Sugary Sports Drinks: Soon Leaving a School Near You?
LA Times, June 16, 2010

WHO Targets Child Obesity with Food Marketing Curbs
Reuter, May 20, 2010

White House Task Force Issues Report on Fighting Childhood Obesity
Washington Post, May 12, 2010

World of Adcraft
Slate Magazine, May 10, 2010

Bring the FTC into the 21st Century
The Hill, May 4, 2010

Senators: 'Net Privacy Law for Children in Need of Overhaul
Ars Technica, May 1, 2010

Happy Meals Given the Chop
Sydney Morning Herald, April 30, 2010

Violent Video Game Ban for Kids to Get Hearing
San Francisco Chronicle, April 27, 2010

Happy Meal Toys Could Be Banned in Santa Clara County
L.A. Times, April 27, 2010

FTC: Cable, Broadcasters Need To Ramp-Up Self Regulation For Kids Media
Mulitchannel News, April 12, 2010

Food Fight Revisited
Washington Post, April 6, 2010

FTC to Consider New Restrictions on Collecting Data from Children
MediaPost, March 24, 2010

Unhealthy Habit: Both Obamas Are Way Too Ready to Partner with Big Players Who Keep U.S. Sick
NOW Magazine, March 24, 2010

Cameron to Tackle Sexualisation of Children in Advertising
The Drum (UK), February 19, 2010

Beer and Burgers Banned from New Product Placement Laws (UK)
Food & Drink Digital, February 5, 2010

Bill Before Legislature Would Allow Ads on School Buses
Peninsula Daily News, January 31, 2010

Spain Curbs 'Body Image' Ads on Television
The Guardian, January 18, 2010

"Spellcasters": The Hunt for the "Buy-Button" in Your Brain
Brand Channel, January 22, 2010

Supreme Court Rejects Corporate Spending Limits
New York Times, January 21, 2010

Pact to Limit Sugary Cereals to Kids Not Worth Its Salt
Chicago Tribune, January 20, 2010

Academic Warns Online Marketing for Children "Almost Impossible" to Police
MarketingWeek, January 14, 2010

Judge OKs Violent Video Game Ads on CTA Buses, Trains
Chicago Sun-Times, January 9, 2010



FTC Concerned Over Continued Marketing of Violent Content to Children
LA Times, December 4, 2009

New Congressional Bill: Smackdown on Kids TV ads
Media Daily, November 13, 2009

TV Writers Want FCC to Expand Definition of Kids' Programming
Multichannel News, October 20, 2009

FDA Bans Flavored Cigarettes
Bloomberg News, September 24, 2009

Food Industry Seeks to Maintain Junk Food Marketing in Schools
CSPI, September 23, 2009



TSA Allows Ads In Bins Across U.S.
USA TODAY, November 4, 2008


Ads Banned on South Carolina School Buses, September 10, 2008


MPAA: Not All PG-13 Films Are Alike

Broadcast and Cable, September 10, 2008


Europe Takes Aim at Sexual Stereotyping in Ads

New York Times, September 10, 2008


Curbing advertising will cut obesity

The Australian, September 06, 2008


Obama May Take Softer Approach on Kids' Obesity

AdAge, August 25, 2008


NCAA Says It Won't Tighten Rules on Beer Ads

Advertising Age, August 7, 2008


FTC Backs Self-Regulation

Brandweek, July 31, 2008


Marketing To Kids: FTC, CBBB Weigh In With Reports

Marketing Daily, July 30, 2008


Tug of War in Food Marketing to Children

The New York Times, July 30, 2008


House Panelists Seek Opt-In Rule for Web Tracking

Los Angeles Times, July 18, 2008


Product Placements Acquire a Life of Their Own on Shows

New York Times, July 14, 2008


City set to ban fast food toys

Liverpool Echo, July 1, 2008


Writers Guild Urges FCC to Disclose Product Integration

Advertising Age, June 25, 2008


Product Placements Get FCC Scrutiny

Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2008


FCC Is Urged To Clamp Down On Product Placement

Marketing Daily, June 20, 2008


Coalition Urges FCC to Adopt Product Placement Rules

Brandweek, June 20, 2008


Watch Dogs Warn FCC about Trojan Horse Ads

Broadcasting & Cable, June 19, 2008


U.K. Shuts Out Product Placement

Variety, 6/11/08


Call for tobacco-style controls on junk food (NZ), 6/4/08


Japan urges limiting kids' cell phones

Associated Press, 5/27/08


Korea: Junk Food Ads to Be Bumped From Prime-Time TV

Korean Times, 5/27/08


MPAA Asked to Look Into Iron Man Ads

Broadcasting & Cable, 5/20/08


Coke, Pepsi Vow to Eliminate Worldwide Marketing to Kids Under 12

Promo, 5/21/08


MPAA Says It Won't Block Marketers' Movie Promo Plans

Advertising Age, 5/16/08


Parents want junk food ads banned

The Australian, 5/19/08


Bill targets teen gamers

Variety, 5/7/08


U.K. Cracks Down on Word-of-Mouth With Tough Restrictions

Advertising Age, 4/28/08


Group Proposes Industry Behavioral Standard

KidAdLaw, 4/25/08


New code on ads a toothless tiger, say critics

Sydney Morning Herald, 4/17/08


Ad Groups Challenge FTC Guidelines

AdWeek, 4/18/08


Besieged industry tightens rules

Sydney Morning Herald, 4/17/08


FTC Urged To Tighten Standards For Online Marketing To Minors

MediaPost, 4/11/08


Law Barring Kids From Violent Games Rejected

Kid Ad Law, 4/8/08


NDP to introduce bill banning food and drink ads aimed at kids (The Canadian Press, 4/6/08)


FCC Officials Provide Advertisers With Self-Regulatory Road Map (Kid Ad Law, 3/25/08)


New proposal for global, legal junk food ad ban (Food Navigator, 3/17/08)


Menino: Ban violent vid games for kids (Boston Herald, 3/17/08)


Hollywood Will Help to Police PG-13 TV Ads (Broadcasting & Cable, 3/4/08)


Let's Rewrite the Rules for Kids' Media (Business Week, 3/2/08)


Burger King Agrees To Kids' Marketing Rules In Europe (Marketing Daily, 2/25/08)


T.O. health officer: Ban sugary ads that target kids under 13 (Toronto Sun, 2/23/08)


Liverpool set to ban McDonald's Happy Meals in a bid to cut childhood obesity (Daily Mail UK, 2/24/08)


FTC Focuses on Mobile Marketing (Kid Ad Law, 2/21/08)


Former FCC Chairs Help Form Digital Kids Task Force (Kid Ad Law, 2/8/08)


Bill Introduced to Ban School Bus Ads (News Channel 7, 2/5/08)


FCC to Consider Rewriting Product-Placement Disclosure Rules (Advertising Age, 1/31/08)


FTC: Review Movie Marketing to Kids (Associated Press, 1/9/08)


Junk food advertising ban ‘not enough’ to help kids (Western Mail, 1/1/08)


Ad Groups Want to Block FCC Rule-Making on Product Placement (Advertising Age, 12/17/07)


Food companies sign EU ad pledge (UK Guardian, 12/11/07)


FTC Ends Brainy-Baby Video Investigation (The Associated Press, 12/6/07)


FCC Fines Two TV stations for Violations of Children's-TV Ad Limits (Broadcasting and Cable, 9/29/07)


Congressmen Tackle Product Placement (TV Week, 9/27/07)


Junk Food Report Due in Congress (Broadcast and Cable, 9/17/07)


FTC Issues Subpoenas to Food Marketers (Adweek, 8/10/07)


Australian Labor Party Battles the Ogre of Pester Power (Sydney Morning Herald, 7/31/07)


Big Food Cuts $1B in Kid Ads; Pols' Hunger Still Not Sated (Adage, 7/23/07)


Limiting Ads of Junk Food to Children (New York Times, 7/18/07)


Markey Says Marketers Won't Follow Kellogg's Lead (Broadcasting & Cable, 7/11/07)


Violent shows aim toys at little kids (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, 7/10/07)


Food Marketers Seem Set to Unveil Kids-Advertising Guidelines (, 7/6/07)


Kids Ad Summit Sets Stage For New Regulatory Agenda (Media Post, 6/25/07)


Crackdown on children's ads (Australia) (Sydney Morning Herald, 6/10/07)


Congress Will Join Federal Agencies In Seeking Action On Food Marketing To Kids (Broadcast and Cable, 5/22/07)


FTC Urged To Probe Digital Food Marketing To Kids (Media Post, 5/17/07)


Harkin critical of Shrek for promoting junk food (Radio Iowa, 5/17/07)


Martin: FCC May Need To Regulate Food Ads (Broadcast and Cable, 5/14/07)


Obesity Fear Frenzy Grips Food Industry (Adage, 4/23/07)


FTC Readies Subpoenas for Food Marketers (Brandweek, 4/20/07)


Markey Wants to Put Kids TV On Ad Diet (Broadcast and Cable, 4/17/07)


FTC Takes Issue with Food Marketing to Kids ( 4/17/07)


FTC Scolds Marketers About Violent Content (AdWeek, 4/12/07)


Junk food ad ban comes into force in UK (Food Navigator, 04/02/07)


Kids' TV faces new Net restrictions (CNet, 1/24/07)


Kids' Advertisers Bolster Defenses at ANA Conference (, 1/18/07)


Pediatricians Blast Inappropriate Ads (AP, 12/4/06)


EU nations agree to keep TV advertising at current levels, impose limits on product placement (AP, 11/13/06)


Call for children's food ad curbs  (BBC, 11/03/06)


Review Of Kids Ad Rules Getting Messy (Brandweek, 10/16/06)


Industry: Updated Children's Ad Guidelines Needed Now (Media Post, 9/26/06)


Exploitative Internet marketing fuels child obesity (Reuters, 9/5/06)


Brownback Doesn't Back Kids Marketing Mandates (Broadcasting & Cable, 7/21/06)


Junk-food Pushers on Defensive as Kids’ Advocates Push Back (New Standard, 5/8/06)


Fed Obesity Report Seen as Boon To Self-Regulation (Brand Week, 5/8/06)


Industry lobbying 'derailed junk food ban' (The Guardian, 4/22/06)


Ofcom proposes ban on kids' junk food ads (The Guardian, 3/28/06)



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