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Hunter files correction/retraction bill to help newsrooms in potential defamation cases
Michael Schneider, TAB Newsroom & Legal Services Director
State Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, has filed a bill establishing a uniform process for broadcasters and newspapers to issue retractions, clarifications or corrections, thereby minimizing their legal exposure under such situations. TAB is joining forces with the Texas Press Association in the effort to pass HB 1759. (TAB members only.)
FEMA schedules March 6 IPAWS webinar on the changing emergency alerting landscape
Michael Schneider, TAB Newsroom & Legal Services Director
Public warning is quickly changing as technology evolves allowing for rapid origination and dissemination of emergency messages to the public. FEMA has scheduled a special March 6 webinar to discuss how public alerting has changed, where it is going and how as alerting authorities and partners we need to adapt our plans to adjust to the changing environment. (TAB members only.)
Sign up today: TAB's Local Broadcast Sales Training Program
TAB will continue the popular online Local Broadcast Sales training in 2013. LocalBroadcastSales.com is TAB's online, on-demand sales training service … and we've subsidized it for TAB Members ONLY. It's available to you and your staff 24/7 and it's affordable too – only $150 ($300 AUS, HOU, DFW, SA). That's the annual fee for your entire staff. Pay now and you'll be good through December.
Texas Creative Co-Op: Newsroom Ideas from Graeme Newell
Graeme Newell, 602 Communications
TAB members have a great resource for sales and promotions ideas through the online Texas Creative Co-Op service. This week, Graeme Newell offers some insight for your newsroom. He gives his thoughts on how to increase the audience flow and build ratings for late news. (TAB members only.)
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EEO audits announced; FCC eases burdens, but for whom?
It's that time again. The FCC has announced its first round of random 2013 EEO audits to radio and television stations. And this year the Commission tells us that it's trying to make life easier for the licensees who made the list. You might want to take that claim with a grain of salt, though.
Broadcasting game changers? World changers
This time of year, it's difficult not to write about the upcoming National Association of Broadcasters event. The 'transition to digital' email box is brimming with press releases touting new products that are better, faster, brighter, shinier and less expensive than their predecessors. Displays are getting larger; hardware is getting smaller. NAB 2013 promises to be great. It always is.
On the other hand, there's news of some highly significant technology leaps that are much greater than anything to be found in the Las Vegas Convention Center exhibits.
TV 'white space' devices go nationwide
TV "white space" devices, which operate on an unlicensed basis in locally vacant TV spectrum, are now authorized nationwide. This is pretty fast by Government standards; just December the FCC okayed the first large-scale roll out to seven eastern states plus Washington, D.C.
Multiple-ownership proceeding: FCC awaits new study on impact to minority ownership, cross-interest rules
Broadcast Law Blog
The Federal Communications Commission announced another delay in any resolution of the proceeding to consider whether changes should be made to its multiple-ownership rules as the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council has commissioned a study of the impact of any further consolidation in media ownership on minority broadcast operators.
Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the TABulletin, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of TAB, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we’re hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
Sinclair buying Barrington stations
Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it is purchasing 18 TV stations from Barrington Broadcasting Group for $370 million and entering into agreements to operate or provide sales services to another six stations.
NAB Crystal Award finalist include one TX station
National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters announced the 50 finalists for the 26th Annual Crystal Radio Awards. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Winners will be announced and the finalists will be honored at the NAB Radio Luncheon. The Luncheon, sponsored by ASCAP, will be held April 9 during the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Nexstar names Eric Thomas GM in Lubbock
Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced that Eric Thomas has been appointed VP-GM of its CBS affiliate KLBK Lubbock, Texas (DMA 142), and associated digital services, including community Web portal everythinglubbock.com. He also will oversee Nexstar's joint operating agreement with Mission Broadcasting's KAMC (ABC). Thomas succeeds Greg McAlister, who is leaving to run the Cordilera stations in Corpus Christi.
KHOU 11 Sports anchor Butch Alsandor says farewell after nearly 20 years
KHOU 11 Sports anchor Butch Alsandor has decided to leave the station after nearly two decades of covering sports for Houston's CBS affiliate. Alsandor will make the announcement to viewers during an upcoming 10 p.m. newscast.
KEYE, Oliveira part ways
Ron Oliveira, a fixture on Austin TV for three decades, will sign off from KEYE's 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. After eight years at the station, the anchor says managers told him his contract wouldn't be extended.
Sinclair buys 4 Cox TVs for nearly $100 million
Sinclair Broadcast Group said it is buying four TV stations in four markets from Cox Media Group for $99 million, less $4.3 million of working capital adjustments. As part of the deal, Sinclair is talking over Cox's duopoly partnership in one market.
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