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Pay-TV fails in effort to move local TV from basic to pricier tier
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Pay-TV groups' effort to further line their pockets by moving local broadcast stations from the basic tier to a more expensive tier was quashed last week after local broadcasters exposed the effect of the proposal to key lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
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Weslaco commissioners plead not guilty to Open Meetings Act charges
The Monitor
Weslaco City Commissioners argued that they did not violate the Texas Open Meetings Act during a controversial November meeting. Mayor Pro Tem John Cuellar, commissioners David Fox, Lupe Rivera and Jerry Tafolla and former Commissioner Joe Martinez recently appeared before 139th state District Judge Bobby Flores. All entered pleas of "not guilty."
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Coalition for Court Transparency calls on Chief Justice Roberts to allow cameras in US Supreme Court
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
The Coalition for Court Transparency, which includes the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, marked the 50th anniversary of the momentous press freedom case New York Times Co. v. Sullivan by sending a letter to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts urging him to take another historic action on behalf of press freedom by allowing for video broadcast of hearings at the high court.
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New York Times v. Sullivan at 50, the landmark libel case relevant in digital age
TVNewsCheck
When New York Times v. Sullivan was decided by the Supreme Court 50 years ago, newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations were the primary means of publishing. Today, the case applies equally to new media such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs. Because of the ease of publishing online, more people may claim the protections granted by the decision and others that followed.
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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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TAB collecting data for annual Public Service Project
TAB's annual effort to document the value of broadcasters' public service launched in February. TAB has documented more than $4.7 billion in contributions to local communities over the past 15 years, but Texas broadcasters must continually remind lawmakers of their commitment to their local communities.
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More than 120 broadcasters, students attend TAB Newsroom Workshop in Lubbock
More than 120 broadcasters and students attended the TAB's Newsroom Workshop in Lubbock. The event, new this year, augments the longstanding fall Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop. An annual, regional workshop will be staged in areas that are a great distance from the fall workshop so TAB can reach more newsroom staff across the state.
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Shively Labs
Shively Labs, a TAB Gold Patron Associate Member, manufactures a complete line of FM antennas, filters, combiners, coax components and related transmission products. Shively is the industry leader for supplying FM transmission equipment for HD Radio implementation, including interleaved antennas, dual antennas, dual feed multistation systems and special filtering and combining techniques.
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Hitachi Kokusai Electric America
Hitachi Kokusai Electric America Ltd., a TAB Silver Star Associate Member, designs, manufacturers and markets video cameras, digital transmission, processing and recording devices for the broadcast television, cable, video production and industrial vision markets.
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Big fines for false EAS tones demonstrate the need for a good indemnification clause
CommLawCenter
There was quite a stir when the FCC, despite being closed for a snow day, issued a Notice of Apparent Liability proposing very large fines against Viacom ($1,120,000), NBCUniversal ($530,000) and ESPN ($280,000) for transmitting false EAS alert tones. According to the FCC, all three aired an ad for the movie "Olympus Has Fallen" that contained a false EAS alert tone, with Viacom airing it 108 times on seven of its cable networks, NBCUniversal airing it 38 times on seven of its cable networks and ESPN airing it 13 times on three of its cable networks.
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Federal judge dismisses commercial use drones case, sets up challenges for FAA in drone regulation
Motherboard
For the moment, commercial drones are, unequivocally, legal in American skies after a federal judge has ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration has not made any legally binding rules against it. The judge dismissed the FAA's case against Raphael Pirker, the first — and only — person the agency has tried to fine for flying a drone commercially.
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Actionable EAS tones in charcoal spot?
CommLawBlog
The NAB has passed along a report in NTS MediaOnline Today that the Southern California Broadcasters Association has advised its members that a new radio commercial for Kingsford Charcoal appears to include EAS — or at least EAS-like — tones the transmission of which could violate FCC rules. According to the report, Kingsford's ad agency supposedly is cutting a new spot for Southern California stations, but the original, questionable spot may be circulating and possibly already may be on-the-air, in other markets.
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Aereo update: Supreme Court developments
CommLawBlog
With more than six weeks to go before the April 22 oral argument, the Aereo case in the Supreme Court is in what litigators refer to as the "briefing phase" — the various parties are busy preparing and submitting their written arguments to the court. The broadcaster-petitioners have already filed their brief; Aereo's is due shortly. But newsworthy things are still happening. Indeed, despite the snow storm that recently shut down Washington, D.C., there were two noteworthy developments in the Aereo case.
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TV Joint Sales, Shared Services Agreements: NABOB, the public interest benefits and where the DOJ went wrong
Broadcast Law Blog
Recently, big news surrounded the Department of Justice filings with the FCC suggesting that Joint Sales Agreements be attributable and that the FCC review Shared Services Agreements and similar arrangements on a case-by-case basis. The way that the trade press reacted to the filing of the DOJ's comments was an expectation that the "fix is in." However, lately the media has been filled with stories about broadcasters making the case that there is more to consider, such as came a public filing from the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters summarizing positions it took in a meeting with FCC Commissioners to support at least some limited continuation of these agreements as they could be a force for promoting minority ownership of broadcast stations.
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Appeal clock starts for Class A, LPTV digital construction deadlines
CommLawBlog
While the transition of full-power TV stations from analog to digital occurred nearly five years ago, the DTV transition for Class A and LPTV stations still is far from complete. In 2011, the FCC set deadlines for the construction of Class A and LPTV stations and the termination of all LPTV operation on Channels 52 and above. As reported in September, the Commission denied reconsideration of that decision.
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Has linear video topped out?
By Mitch Weinraub
Linear video isn't going away any time soon. Live sports, news and real-time programs like "American Idol" and "The Voice" will keep people watching live, linear TV and tuning in to appointment television for the foreseeable future. However, 2014 may be the year that cable television engineers finally will stop having to focus so much of their energy on launching net new linear video channels.
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Pay-TV fails in effort to move local TV from basic to pricier tier
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Pay-TV groups' effort to further line their pockets by moving local broadcast stations from the basic tier to a more expensive tier was quashed last week after local broadcasters exposed the effect of the proposal to key lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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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.

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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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McCall leaves KTRK-TV Houston
MikeMcGuff.com
After five years as a weekend anchor/reporter at KTRK-TV, Katie McCall tells mikemcguff.com she has decided to leave the ABC-owned station for a higher-profile anchoring gig. The KTRK-TV gig was her second time on Houston TV.
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Bob Lawrence joins Revenue Development Resources
All Access Music Radio
Revenue Development Resources has hired Bob Lawrence as director of sales. Revenue Development Resources President and CEO Mark Levy said, "Lawrence joining us is like old home week. With former RAB team members Tim Foley and now Lawrence on the team, it's like working with family again!"
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Congrats to the TAPB radio, TV contest winners
Texas Associated Press Broadcasters
Each year the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters recognizes excellence and achievement in journalism with awards in various categories.
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Way Radio picks up Texas FM
Radio INK
Criag Morgan's Way Radio Group is purchasing KRVA-FM licensed to Campbell from LKCM Radio Licenses, which is run by Gerry Schlagel. Schlagel has several other radio stations in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and Nevada. This is Morgan's first radio station purchase. The price is $120,000.
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