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Where we stand on STELA, JSA/SSAs
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
After a flurry of activity in both houses of Congress, efforts to use the year-end STELA reauthorization deadline to harm local TV broadcasters have reached a pause as lawmakers plot their next moves. The Pay-TV industry continues to press lawmakers to gut the retransmission consent process, strip broadcasters from Pay-TV's lifeline basic tier and dismantle JSAs and SSAs that are allowing many smaller TV markets to sustain a full offering of broadcast stations.
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Study: Acquisition and content sharing boom shapes local TV news in 2013
Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
Local television in the U.S. saw massive change in 2013, change that remained under the radar of most Americans. Big owners of local TV stations substantially got bigger thanks to a wave of station purchases. While the TV business profited, the impact on consumers is less clear and seems to vary from one market to the next. Still, the rapidly spreading practice of separately owned stations being operated jointly drew criticism from consumer groups and new scrutiny from federal regulators.
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Appeals court tosses ruling requiring disclosure of Texas' execution drug source, puts 1 execution back on schedule
The Associated Press via Austin American-Statesman
A federal appeals court threw out a ruling requiring the Texas prison system to disclose more information about where it gets lethal injection drugs, reversing a judge who had halted an upcoming execution.
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Create sales emails that count
Kyle O'Brien, P1 Learning Trainer
When you email a prospect, are you using an automated, "one-email-fits-all" approach? Do you try to keep them short or do you make it a novel? How much are you talking about your company's strengths and less about what your prospect does? There are plenty of questions to ask yourself when crafting that perfect sales email. Here are a few reminders to help you craft the right one.
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TBEF Scholarship deadline April 15
Craig Bean, TAB Director, Public Service and EEO
The deadline for the TBEF scholarships, including the new Ann Arnold Scholarship is April 15th—less than one week away! Application forms for the Ann Arnold scholarship can be downloaded here and an application for the remaining eight TBEF scholarships can be downloaded here.
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NCSA television spots now available for download
Craig Bean, TAB Director, Public Service and EEO
TAB has secured space on OpenDrive, an FTP site where current NCSA television spots can be accessed for download in full HD format. Radio spots and forms — pledge, affidavit, traffic — continue to be available on the TAB website, but because of their size, it's not possible to put full HD television spots on the TAB webpage.
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Tieline, The Codec Company
Tieline is the Codec Company and thousands of customers around the world rely on Tieline IP audio codecs every single day for reliable Studio-to-Transmitter Link, audio distribution and remote broadcast solutions. Tieline is a TAB Gold Patron Associate Member.
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Inergize Digital
Inergize Digital, a TAB Gold Patron Associate Member, is an innovator in the field of digital media, providing media companies with an integrated four-screen solution for content delivery in any format to meet the needs of today's digital consumer.
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Alcohol companies comply with FTC guidelines
Media Post
A Federal Trade Commission study shows more than 93 percent compliance with placement guidelines for alcohol advertising. The fourth major study focused on alcohol industry compliance with self-regulatory guidelines, including those designed to address concerns about youth access to alcohol marketing.
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Conducting contests substantially as advertised, even when you have to change the rules
Wiley Rein
On March 20, the FCC fined two Indiana radio station licensees a total of $12,000 for failing to conduct a contest "substantially as announced." The contest at issue, the "Par 3 Shoot Out," involved two stages — an online golf competition for which the station awarded weekly prizes consisting of Victoria National Golf Club hats and an actual hole-in-one golf contest with a grand prize of a Lexus automobile. The Notices of Apparent Liability serve as good reminders for broadcasters about the importance of running contests to completion substantially as initially announced, as well as the proper way to modify contest rules and publicly disclose modifications after a contest has started.
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FCC to TV licensees: You're on your own in retrans negotiations
CommLawBlog
It's official. After several weeks of grim anticipation, the Commission significantly has altered the playing field for television broadcasters. In two separate items, the FCC has changed its approach to ownership attribution of joint sales agreements and has barred noncommonly-owned top-four ranked stations in a given market from engaging in joint retransmission consent negotiations.
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Is the FCC contemplating government-subsidized universal cable service for TV viewers?
CommLawBlog
To the bafflement of many, the FCC has consolidated its Incentive Auction and Open Internet proceedings. The public notice announcing that move sheds no light on exactly what the Commission might have in mind — the only reason given is that the FCC wants to "streamline consideration of issues common to both dockets." Interestingly, it also mentions that the soon-to-be-incoming Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger will also get channeled into the Grand Unified Docket.
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Where we stand on STELA, JSA/SSAs
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
After a flurry of activity in both houses of Congress, efforts to use the year-end STELA reauthorization deadline to harm local TV broadcasters have reached a pause as lawmakers plot their next moves.

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Emergencia: FCC might require Spanish version of broadcast weather alerts
The Hill
The Obama administration is considering whether to require that television broadcasts of emergency announcements be provided in different languages.

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New FCC application fees announced — increasing by 8 percent
CommLawBlog
If you're planning on filing any applications in the near future, you can save yourself a few bucks by getting them on file sooner rather than later. That's because the FCC's schedule of application fees has just been given its semi-regular overhaul, resulting in an across-the-board uptick of about 8 percent.

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Belden completes acquisition of Grass Valley
Devoncroft
Belden announced that it has completed the acquisition of the previously announced offer to purchase Grass Valley. When the deal was announced in February, Benden CFO Henk Derksen told equity analysts that the $220 million deal would be funded with existing cash.
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KXAN-TV hires investigative reporter Collister
Austin American-Statesmen
KXAN-TV is once again beefing up its heavily promoted investigative team, bringing in a well-known reporter who has worked in a pair of much larger Texas cities. Brian Collister, who was most recently at ABC-owned KTRK-TV in Houston, is set to join the news team at Austin's NBC affiliate in the coming weeks.
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Raycom doubles down with JVC cameras
TVNewsCheck
The TV station group has purchased an additional 165 JVC ProHD camcorders and plans to adopt the new ProHD Broadcaster server for managing live HD field reports. The group began purchasing the cameras in 2013 and now has more than 300.
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NAB announces radio board members
Radio Ink
Recently, the NAB announced the 11 radio executives that will serve on the radio board for the next two years beginning in June. Here is a complete list of the board members voted in recently.
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Miller Kaplan Arase ups Andrew Rosen to partner
TVNewsCheck
Miller Kaplan Arase, one of the top 100 accounting firms in the U.S., has announced that Andrew Rosen, CPA, has been promoted to partner focusing on media clients.
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Tragedies: KCEN-TV Waco's unfortunate fact of life
TVNewsCheck
Waco certainly is a city with more than its fair share of tragedies. In 1993, there was the Branch Davidian debacle in which 74 people died. In 2009, an Army major murdered 13 people and injured another 30 inside Ft Hood. A year ago, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15 and injured another 160. And just as stations in the Waco market are preparing to commemorate that tragedy, another shooing kills four at Ft. Hood.
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