Early Briefing: Ready to Watch TV on Your Phone?

Washington area residents could soon get "American Idol" and "30 Rock" on the go through a pilot program to bring free mobile digital television to cellphones and other wireless devices, Cecilia Kang reports. But seeing "Oprah" on the commute home comes with a caveat: Currently, no commercial mobile devices are capable of carrying digital television broadcasts.
That did not stop the nation's biggest broadcasters from announcing yesterday at a trade show in Las Vegas that they would roll out the service to more than two dozen television markets by the end of year, beginning with the District.

Fannie Mae announced yesterday that Michael J. Williams, one of the few senior executives to remain with the mortgage finance giant after its government takeover last year, will become the new chief executive. Williams, previously chief operating officer, replaces Herbert M. Allison Jr., who has been tapped by the Obama administration to run the Treasury Department's financial recovery program.

Mars, the candy giant based in McLean, said that to reduce trash at its U.S. factories it will partner with TerraCycle, a New Jersey company that makes products out of waste such as packaging. Mars said TerraCycle will take surplus packaging used in making more than 20 Mars brands. TerraCycle creates a variety of products out of such waste, including cellphone holders and laptop sleeves.

Internet data analysis provider ComScore named Kenneth Tarpey as chief financial officer, replacing John Green. Green will take on the role of executive vice president and head of the Reston-based firm's human capital department. Tarpey most recently served as CFO of video surveillance software provider ObjectVideo.

By Terri Rupar  |  April 21, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  | Category:  Economy Watch , Morning Brief
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