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Music royalties taking center stage in Washington, DC
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
While a majority of the U.S. House now is on record opposing efforts by the record labels to force a Performance Tax on radio stations, the push to extract more money from local broadcasters for music royalties continues unabated. This week, songwriters are hitting Capitol Hill to push for legislation that would increase the royalties that must be paid to them through ASCAP and BMI.
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Texas 'dark money' donors: Should they be disclosed?
The Associated Press via Austin American-Statesman
A possible crackdown on anonymous donations from "dark money" political groups are being re-examined by top Texas House committees, some who have already vetoed a plan that would have subjected them to stricter disclosure laws. The issue places many established members of the Texas Legislature against powerful tea party groups and conservative grass-roots activists who say any rules would violate free speech.
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FAA looking into use of drones in journalist's tornado coverage
Mashable
Tensions between drone journalists and the Federal Aviation Administration may be coming to a boil. The regulator of America's airways is looking into the use of aerial drones by journalists in Arkansas to survey tornado damage, an FAA spokesperson confirmed to Mashable. The story, as first reported by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, is the latest move by the FAA as it attempts to regulate unmanned aerial systems, which may or may not fall under its jurisdiction.
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WFAA reports alleged Open Meetings Act violations at DFW area charter school
WFAA-TV
For nearly two years, Deion Sanders' Prime Prep Academy has been plagued by allegations of financial and academic mismanagement. Last fall, the Texas Education Agency opened an investigation. Yet, the state education commissioner now says it's too early to intervene. The last time WFAA-TV checked in on Prime Prep Academy, the landlord at the Fort Worth campus was evicting the school for nonpayment of rent. "Can you imagine that?" said landlord Bishop F.R. Mays. "Millionaires running out on the bill."
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Bush directs relatively broad release of presidential records
Reporters Committee
Former President George W. Bush has instructed the National Archives to release nine categories of documents from his presidency to the public, a much broader directive than expected. POLITICO reported that Bush signed a letter to the Archives three years ago allowing the keeper of presidential records to release, among other things, informational and factual memoranda, talking points on policy decisions and recommendations about whether to sign legislation. POLITICO obtained the letter through a Freedom of Information Act request.
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Entertainment Studios
Entertainment Studios Inc., a TAB Associate Member, owns seven 24-hour HD television networks: PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV and LEGACY.TV. The company also produces, distributes and sells advertising for 28 television programs, making it the largest independent producer/distributor of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations.
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Studer
Since 1958 Studer, a TAB Silver Star Associate Member, has been designing and manufacturing audio mixing systems and are trusted by some of the world's most prestigious broadcasters, such as ABC, BBC, CBS, FOX, PBS and NBC. The range starts at $70,000, with the Vista 1 Compact console; an all-in-one system with no additional hardware needed. It's the perfect plug-and-play solution for those replacing analog consoles or with tight space considerations.
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Complaints filed against 11 TV stations alleging deficiencies in their online political file
Broadcast Law Blog
The Campaign Legal Center and Sunlight Foundation filed FCC complaints against 11 major market TV stations across the country alleging that these stations had inadequate online political files. The Center issued a press release about its filings, stating that these complaints "exposed widespread noncompliance with the disclosure requirements" of the law. The press release went on to say "without this information, viewers are denied important information about the organizations and individuals seeking to influence their vote through these ads."
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Knock knock; Who's there? The FCC and an $89,200 fine
CommLawCenter
The FCC just gave broadcasters another reason to answer the door graciously. Recently, the FCC whacked a Pennsylvania Class A Television broadcaster with an $89,200 Notice of Apparent Liability for refusing to allow FCC inspectors to inspect the station's facilities, not just once, but on three different occasions.
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Changing rules, delay in conducting contest leads to $12,000 fine
CommLawCenter
Recently, the FCC's Enforcement Bureau issued two essentially identical Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture against two radio station licensees for failure to conduct a contest as advertised. Although the stations have different licensees, one licensee provided programming to the second licensee's station through a time brokerage agreement.
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Music royalties taking center stage in Washington, DC
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
While a majority of the U.S. House now is on record opposing efforts by the record labels to force a Performance Tax on radio stations, the push to extract more money from local broadcasters for music royalties continues unabated.

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What's up for TV stations?: FCC gives a peek at some details for the incentive auction
Broadcast Law Blog
The incentive auction by which the FCC will try to get some television stations to surrender their spectrum so that it can be sold to wireless broadband users is moving forward. A vote on the general rules to implement the auction and to repack the television band are expected to be held at the Commission's May 15 meeting.

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Equal opportunities issues that arise when an on-air personality runs for political office
Broadcast Law Blog
It's political season, and somewhere, some on-air broadcast air personality is making the decision that they really want to change careers — and run for political office. We've written about what a broadcaster needs to do when that decision is made by one of their personalities.

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Campion hired as KTRK-TV's first MMJ
MikeMcGuff.com
Steve Campion joins KTRK-TV from WBBH-TV/WZVN-TV Fort Myers, Florida, where he has worked for almost three years. What makes Campion's hiring so interesting is that he is KTRK-Tv's first plunge into the multimedia journalist, one-man band, backpack journalist craze.
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Emmis' KGSR-FM donates $60,000 to hospital
Radio Ink
KGSR-FM will be donating $60,000 in proceeds from KGSR-FM's Broadcast's Volume 21 CD towards construction of the Seton Healthcare Family's new $295 million, 211-bed teaching hospital, which will be named Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas.
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Kiii-TV's Domingo Live celebrates 50 years on the air
Kiii-TV
The year was 1964. A gallon of gas was 25 cents. A loaf of bread was 21 cents and if you were in South Texas, you noticed a new television station in town with the call letters Kiii and a new local program called Domingo.
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More Marconi chances for you
Radio Ink
It's one of the most prestigious awards in broadcasting and something every radio station strives for. The NAB began accepting nominations on May 1 for the Marconi Radio Awards. The Marconis recognize overall excellence in radio broadcasting. The 25th Annual Marconi Awards will be held Sept. 11 at the Radio Show in Indianapolis, Illinois. Nominations must be in by May 31.
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