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EAS security, compliance high priority for FCC, FEMA
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
As the Emergency Alert System has moved into the IP realm, the system itself and overall broadcast facilities alike have become increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks. FCC officials admonished broadcasters attending the NAB Show last week to make every possible effort to protect the system and their stations, while FEMA officials underscored their intention to conduct more national tests.
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April 30 FOIFT and Texas A.G. Open Government training conference in Houston
Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and the Texas Attorney General's Office will hold an Open Government Seminar April 30 at South Texas College of Law in Houston.
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Poynter study: Journalism needs the right skills to survive
Poynter
Despite the economic imperatives facing the media industry, professional journalists lag behind educators and others in rating the importance of multimedia and other digital storytelling skills.
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Texas transportation agency's land deals under federal grand jury investigation
The Dallas Morning News
The Texas Department of Transportation's land purchases for the expansion of Interstate 35E in North Texas are part of a federal grand jury's probe into potential criminal activity, according to state records obtained by The Dallas Morning News.
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Following the money: New report ranks Texas as one of the best in state government spending transparency
Reporters Committee
A report released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund awarded eight states a grade of A for comprehensive websites detailing public spending, while three states received Fs. Indiana ranked the highest of all the states, earning 94 of 100 possible points. Oregon, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont and Wisconsin all earned 90 or more points.
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TAB Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program
Teresa McAnally, TAB Projects Coordinator
TAB began the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program in 1997 with an FCC-sanctioned program that upon completion gives stations a three year waiver from FCC routine, drop-in inspections. The program allows stations to voluntarily participate in a mock FCC inspection to ensure they are in compliance with most of the agency's regulations. Participating stations are exempt from routine FCC inspections during the period an ABIP is being performed.
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Send in your best in Texas broadcasting entry — Bonner McLane Deadline is May 2
Craig Bean, TAB Director, Public Service & EEO
This year, the Bonner McLane Public Service Awards are easier than ever to enter. No more documenting multiple events over 12 months. Send in a synopsis of your best, single event. Download the entry form here. Include pictures, video, coverage by other media and letters of appreciation from the community. The winning station in each of six market categories gets a $500 TAB voucher, which can be used for registration to TAB events (it cannot be used for ABIP inspections or TAB dues). In addition, the winning station receives $500 cash. Awards will be presented during the Community Service Breakfast at the 2014 TAB Convention & Trade Show, Aug.7. Questions? Contact Craig Bean.
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Big agency ideas to make your smaller clients more successful
Mark Margulies, BENMARadio
Radio stations don't have big time ad agencies on call to help them create campaigns. Heck, today, most consider it a luxury to have a copywriter on staff at all. That creates problems. Staff members who either sell, produce or are involved in other aspects of the station's function have little time to brainstorm new ideas and methods. So here are four ideas regarding how to create a "big" sound, without paying the price to a big agency. (TAB Members Only)
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Orad
Offering innovative solutions for broadcast television and radio, Orad is a world-leading provider of real-time interactive 3-D graphics systems for news, production, branding and sports graphics enhancements, the industry leader for virtual studio and augmented reality solutions, a manufacturer of versatile next-generation video servers for production and slow-motion replay, and the developer of a unique tool to help radio stations monetize live radio broadcasts over television. Orad is a TAB Associate Member.
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Texas Media Systems
Texas Media Systems, a TAB Associate Member, is one of the leading audio-visual systems integrators in central Texas. We began in 1996 selling Avid nonlinear editing systems and have grown into a company offering boutique-style services for AV clients that produce broadcast video, use multimedia conference rooms, run studios and utilize video in professional environments.
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FCC exemption for online political file for markets 50 plus and higher set to end July 1 — no extension seen imminent
Broadcast Law Blog
Recently, the FCC issued a reminder to all TV stations that, as of July 1, they will have to upload all of their new political broadcasting documents to their online public files. Up to this point, only stations affiliated with the top four networks in the top 50 markets had to worry about putting their political file materials online. Later this year, that obligation is extended to all TV stations.
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Copyright Office begins wide-ranging inquiry into music licensing
Broadcast Law Blog
The Copyright Office recently issued a Notice and Request for Public Comment on a study that they have commenced on music licensing in all of its forms. Broadcast Law Blog has written about the complexity of the music licensing process many times, and about proposals for reform. Many of these proposals have been issued in connection with the speeches of Copyright Register Maria Pallante's discussion of copyright reform and the subsequent Green Paper on Copyright issued by the Patent and Trademark Office. This notice appears to be one more step in this overall review of copyright underway throughout the administration and in Congress.
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The Wheeler referenced channel-sharing study: A report on the report
CommLawBlog
At the recent NAB Show in Las Vegas, Chairman Tom Wheeler came on like a cheerleader at a pep rally, touting the upcoming incentive auction program. According to Wheeler, the auction presents "a terrific financial opportunity for broadcasters" — and that's because of the possibility of certain cooperative agreements between TV licensees. This is, of course, the same Wheeler who, just days earlier, had put the kibosh on cooperation between TV licensees in the shape of joint sales agreements — while also raising a critical eyebrow at shared services agreements and joint retransmission consent negotiations. But those types of cooperation are different.
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Is Comcast-Time Warner merger destined to fail?
By Ross Lancaster
On Feb. 13, Comcast announced its plans to buy Time Warner Cable for more than $45 billion. If approved by government regulators, the merger would unite the two largest cable providers in the United States. According to subscriber numbers from Leichtman Research Group as of late 2013, the two own over 60 percent of cable subscriptions in America. So does this merger have a chance at approval or is it destined to be struck down by the Federal Communications Commission?
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EAS security, compliance high priority for FCC, FEMA
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
As the Emergency Alert System has moved into the IP realm, the system itself and overall broadcast facilities alike have become increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks.

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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.

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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."

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'The Fringe' to launch in Austin
Radio Ink
The Austin Chronicle reports former 101X host Ray Seggern will be the program director of the new station. The independent station will share workspace with KOKE-FM. The new station is owned by Bob Cole and Jason Nassour and goes live soon and will play free-form radio.
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NAB in Las Vegas: The report card
Radio Ink
It appears radio executives and managers have a little hop in their step these days. The FCC seems to be superfocused on beating up television, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker made a positive statement about radio pacings and Emmis reported excellent quarterly revenue to start off the earnings season. The only remaining question is, does radio have momentum?
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Quantel says no overlap from Snell merger
TVNewsCheck
At its first major press event since acquiring Snell in mid-March, Quantel reassured customers that their investments in the companies' technology will not be made obsolete by a consolidation of duplicated product lines.
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Radio One brings in $1.3 million for kids
Radio INK
Radio One's network of stations, along with radio hosts Yolanda Adams and James Fortune, raised more than $1.3 million for kids fighting cancer, sickle cell and other deadly diseases at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during the seventh annual Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids national radio broadcast.
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