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DC policy fights intensify over STELA, taxes and royalties
-FCC puts hold on plan to monitor newsrooms

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The Pay-TV industry is turning up the heat on Congressmen with jurisdiction over the telecommunications industry and asking for an early Christmas haul with a long list of demands they want addressed in a pending reauthorization of satellite TV legislation. The Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act is due for a five-year reauthorization at the end of this year.
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FCC issues new rules for closed-captioning
Federal Communications Commission
On Feb. 20, the FCC set new, improved rules for TV closed captioning to ensure that viewers who are deaf and hard of hearing to have full access to programming, resolving concerns on captioning quality and providing much-needed guidance to video programming distributors and programmers.
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4 indictments returned in Weslaco city council open meetings flap
The Monitor
Mayor Pro Tem John Cuellar, commissioners Lupe Rivera, David Fox and Jerry Tafolla and former Commissioner Joe Martinez are accused of violating the Texas Open Meetings Act for kicking the public out of a public meeting in November. The charges are Class B misdemeanors punishable by a $100 to $500 fine and one to six months in county jail. Judge Aida Salinas Flores set personal recognizance bonds for the city leaders at $2,500 each.
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US House passes federal FOIA reform bill
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act, paving the way for more streamlined Freedom of Information Act request processing and a stronger role for the independent agency charged with reviewing government compliance.
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White House backs broadcasters in Aereo case
Deadline New York
The big boys came out on the side of the broadcasters in their upcoming appearance in front of the Supreme Court in the Aereo case. The solicitor general's office put the Obama administration solidly in the anti-Aereo camp with a 40-page amicus brief filed with the SCOTUS. The broadcasters say that Aereo infringes on their copyrights by streaming their over-the-air signals without licenses or compensation. Aereo says that it simply leases out antennas and technology that consumers already can use to watch broadcast TV for free.
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TAB now offering P1 Learning: Real-world training solutions
TAB is excited to announce a new online training partnership with P1 Learning. P1 Learning helps stations train through short video-based courses, which easily are accessible anywhere, anytime — on your phone, tablet or computer. P1 benefits include:
  • Hundreds of training videos.
  • Personalized curriculums.
  • User accountability tool.
  • Separate radio and TV campuses.

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    Miller Camera Support LLC
    Miller Camera Support LLC, a TAB Associate Member, has been designing and manufacturing camera support equipment since 1954 and will be celebrating our 60th Anniversary in June. Their award-winning product range will support camera packages in the ENG/EFP news market, sports, film, educational, production and corporate fields.
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    Cobalt Digital Inc.
    Cobalt Digital, a TAB Silver Star Associate Member, designs and manufactures award-winning multifunctional card-based and modular-signal processing and conversion gear, including: auto change over, quad split, loudness processing/metering/logging over IP/ASI, audio upmixing, Dolby transcoding, color correction, fiber Tx/Rx, format conversion, MPEG-4 encoders and MADI embed/de-embed/DA.
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    FCC kills newsroom study after media backlash
    CommLawCenter
    Following a firestorm of media attention regarding the FCC's efforts to examine newsroom decision-making as part of a Critical Information Needs Study, the FCC had announced recently that it would modify the study to eliminate the questions directed at media entities regarding their newsroom decisions.
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    Study: Local broadcasting generates $1.24 trillion annually
    TV Technology
    The local commercial broadcast television and radio industry contributes $1.24 trillion of Gross Domestic Product and 2.65 million jobs to the American economy annually, according to a new study by Woods & Poole Economicswith support from BIA/Kelsey. The analysis, which breaks down broadcasters' influence on the economy of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, concluded that both television and local radio broadcasting's economic impact will continue to grow in the coming years.
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    Cool tool for AM towers
    CommLawBlog
    The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, in coordination with the Media Bureau, has developed a cool tool to facilitate compliance. If you are planning to construct or modify a tower — and remember, the working definition of "tower" in this context is extremely broad — all you do is go to fcc.gov/am-tower-tool, enter the location of your proposed construction and hit the button. The tool will provide you with all AM facilities — both operating and authorized-but-not-yet-operating — within the coordination area specified in Section 1.30002. That should make the new notification procedure considerably easier on all concerned.
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    What the Texas Supreme Courts Neely decision means for reporting 3rd-party allegations
    Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
    Texas newsrooms are struggling with the “if and how” of reporting third party allegations in the wake of a confusing and detrimental ruling last year in the Neely v. Wilson libel case. In January, the court issued a corrected opinion after TAB and other media groups weighed in on the troublesome case. TAB asked attorney Paul Watler with TAB’s state counsel, Jackson Walker LLP, to explain the original ruling and interpret what the corrected opinion means for newsrooms reporting on third party allegations.
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    DC policy fights intensify over STELA, taxes and royalties
    Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
    The Pay-TV industry is turning up the heat on Congressmen with jurisdiction over the telecommunications industry and asking for an early Christmas haul with a long list of demands they want addressed in a pending reauthorization of satellite TV legislation.

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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.

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    Be careful of using photos from the Internet for station websites
    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."

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    Retired KSAT-TV news director dies
    San Antonio Express-News
    Jim Boyle, a longtime news director of KSAT-TV, died March 1. Boyle, 66, had battled cancer for five months, the station reported. He retired from the ABC affiliate in December for health reasons. He had been with the station one year short of three decades.
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    Odessa man who introduced FM radio to West Texas dies
    Odessa American
    An Odessa man who helped introduce FM radio to the West Texas region died of vital organ complications Feb. 28. Roy Arthur Elsner, 89, was born in the Chicago suburb of Cicero and moved to Odessa for a job as a radio announcer for one of two AM radio stations in the city in 1947. He founded KQIP-FM, the first FM radio station in West Texas.
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    TSN promotes Jaurequi
    Radio Ink
    Raul Jaurequi has been named affiliate relations manager for CBS Radio's Texas State Networks. Jaurequi joined CBS Radio Dallas-Fort Worth in May 2010 and most recently served as administrator/coordinator for TSN. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and began his career as a production assistant for Bright House Networks in Orlando, Fla.
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    Downs honored by museum
    TAB
    Ben Downs was recently honored by the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. More than 300 people attended the tribute including Mike Lee, TAB chairman of the board, and Patti C. Smith, TAB board member.
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    San Antonio radio, TV notables rally 'round ailing broadcast pal
    San Antonio Express-News
    It isn't unusual for broadcast personalities to refer to people at their radio or TV stations as "family." What you don't see every day, however, is so many famous faces actually acting like family. Lisa Gonzales Kerkez, who was known as the bubbly "Lisa-Lisa" on KTFM-FM's popular morning show of the '80s and who recently was hit by the double-whammy of breast cancer and a serious heart problem, said she has been overwhelmed by the support from names she worked alongside so long ago.
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    Seidel, Littlejohn to get NAB Engineering Awards
    TVNewsCheck
    The NAB has announced that television technology innovator Robert Seidel of CBS and radio engineer Jeff Littlejohn of Clear Channel Media have been named the 2014 recipients of the NAB Engineering Achievement Awards. The recipients will be honored at the NAB Show Technology luncheon on April 9 in Las Vegas.
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    NAB announces Crystal finalists
    Radio Ink
    Fifty radio stations make the final cut for the NAB Crystal Award, now in its 27th year. Crystal Radio Awards recognize radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Winners will be announced and the finalists will be honored at the NAB Show Radio luncheon on April 8 during the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas.
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    Stricklan releases new album
    TAB
    Jim Stricklan released his new album of songs "Reflections" on March 1. It is available at www.frontroommusic.com. Stricklan, who spent more than three decades in radio, is a nationally acclaimed performing and recording artist.
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