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House panel weighs TAB newsroom legislation|
- Pre-1972 sound recordings bill advances
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
A key House committee this week held public hearings on two bills TAB and the Texas Press Association are advancing to protect newsrooms. HB 1759 by Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, would encourage the correction or clarification of defamation by a newsroom where it is appropriate to do so. The measure provides the newsroom with a quick and cost-effective means of correcting or clarifying alleged mistakes and avoiding costly litigation.
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Texas FCC fine serves notice to all broadcasters on accessibility to Public File
Michael Schneider, TAB Newsroom & Legal Services Director
A recent $10,000 FCC Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture and Order issued to a Texas noncommercial broadcaster should serve as a warning to all stations to give immediate access to the Public File whenever it is requested by the public. The FCC issued the NAL to CSSI Non-Profit Educational Broadcasting Corporation, which runs six noncommercial stations in Weatherford, Stephenville, Springtown and Eastland. (TAB members only.)
TAB webinar on current broadcast regulatory and intellectual property issues available for viewing
Michael Schneider, TAB Newsroom & Legal Services Director
For those seeking a quick, 90-minute overview of the current regulatory and court battles that could impact broadcasters, TAB has you covered. TAB has posted last week’s Executive Briefing webinar — Recent Regulatory and Intellectual Property Developments — A Status Report and a Look Ahead, in TAB's online video archive. The session featured Kevin Goldberg, Dan Kirkpatrick, Frank Jazzo and Harry Cole with TAB Associate member law firm Fletcher Heald and Hildreth. (TAB members only.)
TBEF offers $16,000 to help broadcasting students in Texas
Craig Bean, TAB Public Service Manager
The Texas Broadcast Education Foundation (TBEF) annually awards up to eight scholarships worth $2,000 each to students enrolled in a broadcast curriculum at a college or university in Texas. Applicants can go to this link to download a PDF file of the scholarship application. The deadline for applying for one of the scholarships is April 15.
The Dangers of Building Brands on Oversimplistic Research
Graeme Newell, 602 Communications
Turn on early morning television these days and you will find a zillion lawyer ads. Almost all follow the hackneyed lawyer ad script just like this ad, "Trust us. We will fight for your rights." But this morning I saw one that impressed me. Take a look at this ad. Sure, the production values stink, but the message is custom-designed to resonate with the customer. "When you sue the hospital, it isn't just a grab for cash. You're saving children." (TAB members only.)
Broadcast Supply Worldwide
BSW, a TAB Associate member, has been serving broadcast and audio professionals around the globe for all their equipment needs for over 38 years. They offer thousands of products at very competitive prices.
The Public File: It's not just for the public any more
Gregg P. Skall, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
When the FCC first proposed requiring television broadcasters to place their public file online, licensees responded with concern about the potential increased labor requirement to meet the demand from public interest groups and political candidates. Making the information more freely available outside the local market could also lead to regulatory mischief, they argued. With the exception of the recently revealed check fraud problem, that concern has not materialized, at least not yet.
Loudness management: Inconsistent audio leads to unhappy viewers
Quality assurance is critical in order to be successful in a competitive broadcast market. One instance of poor-quality audio or video during an on-air broadcast can result in increased viewer complaints or viewers switching to another channel — and fewer viewers means less advertising revenue. Over the past several years, inconsistent loudness levels between advertisements and programming in particular, have become a major source of contention for broadcast viewers, prompting regulatory bodies around the world to pass standards and legislation designed to mitigate audio loudness issues.
Raise power or raise the antenna?
An accurate computer model of a station's coverage is important, if not critical, in deciding whether you can make facility changes to help the programming and sales departments meet their goals.
Perhaps your transmitter site was chosen when distribution of the local population was different than it is today. Pastures have evolved into condo complexes; wooded areas have given way to strip malls. Your audience and revenue sources have shifted while your transmitter location has remained the same. Should you raise your antenna height? Increase your power? Move your site?
3 reasons managers do not get the most out of employees
By Feras Banna
Have you ever wondered why many managers do not get the most out of their employees? The answer is simpler than you think. As a leader in an organization, your utmost responsibility is to provide your employees with a working environment that positively charged with motivation. Yet most managers do not particularly recognize this simple duty. Many managers tend to be promoted to a supervisory role due to their technical competence rather than people-management skills. As such, managers' influence on the workforce is not always positive. The solution to this is in a few good words — literally speaking.
Hendryx selling 2 Alpine radio stations
Ray Hendryx, President/General Manager, KVLF-AM/KALP-FM Alpine
Ray Hendryx, president and general manager of KVLF-AM and KALP-FM in Alpine, Texas, has announced plans to put both stations on the market. KVLF aired in 1947, and since has been known as the "Voice of the Last Frontier." Hendryx's father, the late Gene Hendryx, was a part-time announcer on KVLF when the station signed on, who bought controlling interest in the station a few years later.
Canales to head Sinclair's San Antonio sales
Sinclair Broadcast Group has named Robert Canales director of sales of its San Antonio (DMA 36), triopoly of KABB (Fox), WOAI (NBC) and KMYS (CW). Canales will start the week of April 8 and report to Dean Radla, general manager of KABB and KMYS.
KTEN-TV off air after massive lightning strike
KTEN Sherman, Texas, General Manager Anthony Maisel wished he was dreaming when he received a phone call at 3 a.m. March 28 that his station suffered a massive lightning strike before midnight. Panels blew off some of the racks, a majority of the control room equipment was completely fried and the motor from the station's tower cam crashed through the station's roof.
A master control operator was on hand when the strike happened at the NBC affiliate (DMA 161). No one was injured.
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