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TAB delegation seeks Congressional support on key issues
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Fourteen Texas broadcasters are visiting with Texas members of Congress urging them to ensure their local communities can continue to benefit from local radio and television stations' programming, news, emergency warnings and recovery assistance. Continuing efforts to impose a performance tax on radio stations and gut the TV retransmission consent process would imperil the industry's vital role in serving and building local communities.
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'Sunshine Week' for Open Government planned March 16-22
Reporters Committee
The annual Sunshine Week initiative focusing on the importance of open government is scheduled for March 16-22, with events already planned around the nation. As national co-sponsors of Sunshine Week, the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press are hosting the main website for information about freedom of information, free materials for participants to use, a calendar of events and a list of participants.
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European newsrooms explore coverage possibilities with drone use
The Guardian
The recent flooding has provided the latest opportunity to test the capabilities of unmanned drones for video newsgathering. They've been hailed as the future of journalism with industry insiders predicting they'll be in common use by the end of the year. So far, they've captured the scale of the floods, protests in Kiev and Bangkok and even been used in prebudget news reports, but don't expect them to replace the Sky Copter just yet.
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TV station employee sues police over drone use incident
The Hartford Courant
A WFSB-TV employee recently filed a federal lawsuit against the Hartford (Conn.) Police Department, claiming officers violated his civil rights when they stopped him from using his drone at the scene of a fatal car accident. Pedro Rivera, a photographer and editor at the local television news station, wasn't breaking any laws by recording the police activity on Feb. 1 with his "drone," a remote controlled model aircraft, according to the lawsuit. But police officers detained him, ordered him to stop what he was doing and demanded that he leave the area.
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TAB offers free sales webinar to TAB members
TAB is excited to offer another free sales webinar for TAB Members on March 20. Most radio salespeople have never run a business, making it hard to relate to local business owners. Barry Cohen, author of "Start-Up Smarts" and "10 Ways to Screw Up a Campaign," will give you the information that will help you get more appointments, build better relationships and close more local, direct business.
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Register now for March 8 TAB newsroom workshop
There's still time to register for TAB's regional newsroom workshop on March 8 on the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock. The event will feature several nationally known newsroom trainers, Texas broadcast news professionals and three members of college's faculty.
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Solid State Logic
SSL, a TAB Gold Patron Associate Member, is the premier manufacturer of audio mixing consoles, interfaces and processing software. Where other systems scale capacity and performance, the C100 HD range is different in scaling only capacity to match requirements.
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Burst Communications Inc.
Burst, a TAB Gold Patron Associate Member, provides professional broadcast systems integration services, including engineering and design/build solutions for broadcast television, cable channels, sports arenas and worship facilities. Burst is also a value-added broadcast and video equipment reseller for hundreds of leading manufacturers.
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Aereo finally loses a court case: A preview of the Supreme Court decision?
CommLawCenter
A partner in the law firm's Communications practice Scott R. Flick writes: "I wrote a few weeks ago about Aereo's rocky path ahead, discussing the legal obstacles Aereo will need to overcome even if the Supreme Court should rule in its favor in the currently pending proceeding. Recently, that path became even rockier, when a federal judge in Utah dropped a boulder in Aereo's path. The resulting sound was that of a thousand tiny antennas splintering against Utah red sandstone, with the judge granting a preliminary injunction prohibiting Aereo from operating in Utah, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming."
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Be careful of using photos from the Internet for station websites: Why 'fair use' is not always a defense
Broadcast Law Blog
Regulatory expert David Oxenford writes: "Social media and other digital platforms are playing a more and more important part of the business of traditional media companies. In the last few weeks, I've participated in two seminars, looking at the legal issues that arise in these areas. One issue that we spent a significant amount of time discussing was copyright ... and appropriate it for their websites or other digital properties, without bothering to get permission."
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New protections for AM signals now In effect
CommLawBlog
In August, CommLawBlog reported on a decision by the Commission requiring all FCC-regulated services to protect AM stations from signal distortion arising from construction or modification of nearby towers. Because the new rules include "information collections," their effectiveness had been deferred pending review by the Office of Management Budget pursuant to the hilariously named "Paperwork Reduction Act."
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FCC EEO audit letter sent to 280 radio and TV stations: 16 located in Texas
Broadcast Law Blog
It is a new year and the FCC is starting with a new round of EEO audits. Letters to over 280 affected radio and TV stations went out along with the FCC's Public Notice of the audit, listing all of the affected stations. The Commission has pledged to audit 5 percent of all broadcast stations and cable systems each year to assure their compliance with the Commission's EEO rules — requiring wide dissemination of information about job openings and nonvacancy specific supplemental efforts to educate their communities about job opportunities in the media industry. While the FCC slightly revised the audit letters to cut down on the burden of compliance, these audits still require substantial work.
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FCC busts Austin pirate station, issues $15,000 fine
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
The FCC has issued an Austin couple a $15,000 fine for operating an unlicensed radio station. On Aug. 12, in response to a complaint about a possible unlicensed station operating on 90.1 MHz, agents from the FCC Enforcement Bureau's Houston office used direction-finding techniques to locate the source of radio frequency transmissions on the frequency 90.1 MHz.
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KBXD-AM Dallas fined $9,000 for EAS violations
The FCC has fined JCE Licenses, LLC, licensee of KBXD-AM Dallas, $9,000 for "failing to maintain operational Emergency Alert System equipment and logs." On Jan. 17, an agent from the Dallas FCC field office, accompanied by KBXD-AM's general manager, inspected the station's main studio in Dallas and observed, when the station was in operation, that it had no installed EAS equipment.
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TAB delegation seeks Congressional support on key issues
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Fourteen Texas broadcasters are visiting with Texas members of Congress urging them to ensure their local communities can continue to benefit from local Radio and Television stations' programming, news, emergency warnings and recovery assistance.

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FCC eyes TV shared service and joint sales agreements
Broadcast Law Blog
According to press reports, the exploration of FCC's consideration of TV Joint Sales and Shared Service Agreements has moved quickly. The rumors suggest that the FCC is ready to resolve many of the issues in the current Quadrennial Review of its multiple ownership rules at its March open meeting.

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The TV political advertising efficiency revolution
Campaigns & Elections
Coming out of the 2012 presidential election, big data was the talk of the town. It has caused a wave of change, resulting in organizations building technology, acquiring data and learning the statistical software R — a free software for statistical computing and graphics.

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Advertising will soon reach a digital tipping point
Reuters
While television continues to have its strong hold on ad dollars, digital is a rapidly growing category and there are no signs of it slowing down. Take for instance Google's $3.2 billion cash acquisition of Nest, with many reports suggesting it's a play to better target ads in the home.
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Will there still be a cable TV industry?
By Mitch Weinraub
Industries typically consist of a group of companies or businesses — a number of key providers that compete across all levels of the enterprise. These providers often drive a collection of suppliers, manufacturers, service organizations and industry support groups. With the proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable by Comcast, we need to ask: Will there still be a cable TV industry after the merger? Much of the upcoming discussion will focus on the effect on the consumer and society if there is a single dominant cable provider. However, within the cable space, the most important look may be on the future of the industry.
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Campos out, Izaguirre in at 10 pm on WFAA-TV
Uncle Barky's Bytes
WFAA-TV 10 p.m. co-anchor Gloria Campos' announcement that she'll retire from the station on March 7 has triggered a slew of in-house chess moves by the Dallas-based station.
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Shots fired at cars in KTRK-TV parking lot
MikeMcGuff.com
Scary moments at the KTRK-TV studios as gunshots were fired into the station's parking lot recently. There were no reports of injuries.
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