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TAB legislative agenda gains steam
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
With key procedural deadlines in the Texas legislative process now cleared, legislation TAB is advancing to protect Radio and Television stations and the state's Open Government laws is gaining steam. On Monday, a House committee heard HB 1043 which would add a much-needed broadcast exception to a longstanding Texas record bootlegging law at TAB's request. Such an exception already is on the books in 47 other states and would clarify an existing ambiguity that in extreme situations could be exploited to harass stations playing sound recordings made before 1972.
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US Supreme Court 'denies cert' in Texas Open Meetings Act suit
Michael Schneider, TAB Newsroom & Legal Services Director
The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear the appeal in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Texas Open Meetings Act. The Court considered the petition for Writ of Certiorari in Asgeirsson v. Abbott last week and on Monday "denied cert" to hear the case. "This effectively ends years of legal wrangling over the issue of whether the Texas Open Meetings Act infringes on individual's right of free speech," said Michael Schneider, TAB's director of newsroom and legal services. (TAB members only.)
TAB Executive Briefing Webinar set for 2 pm, March 28
Texas broadcasters are used to getting a once a year FCC regulatory update at the Annual TAB Convention and Trade Show, but 2013 has begun with a plethora of rapidly developing legal issues affecting both radio and TV broadcasters. And it's not just the typical FCC regulatory concerns affecting stations — intellectual property issues have arisen from court cases and in Congress to make things interesting.
TAB Career Expo: Texas Tech University
Teresa McAnally, TAB Projects Coordinator
The TAB Career Expo at Texas Tech University in Lubbock will be held April 10. Registration is now under way with booth prices of $150 for members and $300 for nonmembers. The Career Expo is open to the public and will be held in the Frazier Alumni Pavilion.
iBiquity Digital Corp.
iBiquity Digital Corp., a TAB Associate Member, is the developer and licenser of HD Radio technology, which is transforming AM and FM broadcasting with vastly increased number of channels, drastically improved sound quality and an array of new data services. We are actively engaged with broadcasters; receiver, component and broadcast equipment manufacturers; automotive manufacturers; and retailers in the United States and around the world to ensure swift and successful adoption of HD Radio technology.
Signals weak for TV-ad market
The Wall Street Journal
Broadcast-television ratings have dropped sharply this season. And that, combined with the weak economy and competition from other media, augurs badly for the spring ad-sales market and ad buyers, analysts say. Some are predicting that the broadcast networks' take will be steady to slightly lower in the so-called upfront, the annual bazaar in which TV executives pitch their new shows for the coming season.
SNG interference is serious
In a recent newsletter article, Broadcast Engineering writer Philip Hunter reports that broadcasters are collaborating in a worldwide, two-part program to tackle the growing problem of interference caused by Satellite News Gathering. The program focuses on both training and equipment certification.
The Radio Frequency Interference–End Users Initiative and the Global VSAT Forum have announced support and commitment for the program from World Broadcasting Unions, the International Satellite Operations Group and the satellite Interference Reduction Group.
Genachowski, McDowell to leave FCC: What's next for broadcasters?
Broadcast Law Blog
Both FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Robert McDowell have announced that they are leaving the FCC in the near future. While their exact departure dates are uncertain, the press already is buzzing with anticipation about who will next lead the FCC and who will take the place of Commissioner McDowell. President Barack Obama gets to appoint the chairman and new commissioner, but his choices have to be approved by the U.S. Senate.
LiveU pack now integrated with Hitachi cameras
Hitachi and LiveU entered into a partnership that integrates the bonded cellular company's LU40 video uplink pack with all of Hitachi's professional video cameras, allowing users to view and manage LiveU's transmission status and video quality in real time, through the camera's viewfinder.
Nexstar poised to buy CCA stations
Nexstar Broadcasting is on the verge of closing a deal to acquire Communications Corp. of America, according to sources.
Nexstar has signed a letter of intent and is conducting due diligence on CCA properties encompassing 12 stations in smaller markets.
Emmis morning team launches digital network
It's the kind of content extreme fans love and radio hosts are starting to provide more of. KLBJ's "Dudley & Bob Morning Show" has launched a new subscription-based digital network for fans called Dudley & Bob Land. The Web-only channel will feature the Dudley & Bob Sideshow, an unedited, unrated hour-long podcast updated each weekday, a "best of" archive of past Dudley & Bob shows, exclusive digital broadcasts and enhanced online-only content, including blogs, videos and other interactive content.
Charter refuses ads for TV antenna maker
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
A TV antenna maker wanted to use the competition's own medium — cable TV — for its anti-cable message. Now, officials at Antennas Direct say Charter Communications' refusal to air the ads is evidence of the cable industry's growing concern over antennas. At issue are three 60-second spots that Antennas Direct of Ellisville, Mo., sought to air in the St. Louis market through Charter Communications on ESPN, the History Channel and other cable networks.
Memories of small town radio
Bill Buchanan, President/General Manager, KSHN-FM Liberty
In a recent TAB Bulletin, Dick Pickens wrote a wonderful report about his memories from a bygone era in broadcasting. In it he recommended a book about the history of radio. Inspired by Dick, I will use this occasion to remind broadcasters and would be broadcasters about the late Bob Doll's book on small town radio history, "Sparks Out of the Plowed Ground: The History of America's Small Town Radio Stations." It was published in 1996 by Streamline Publishing.
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