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FCC vote starts spectrum auction process, raises questions
-Cost reimbursement, coverage areas at risk

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The FCC last week adopted a Report & Order to implement the incentive spectrum auction that, in part, casts doubt on whether the agency intends to comply with federal law that provides two key protections for viewers and broadcasters. At risk is a provision that ensures viewers who currently receive a particular over-the-air broadcast signal will continue to do so after the auction, and another that requires the FCC to reimburse broadcasters that choose not to join the auction for all costs related to repacking stations after the auction.
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El Paso mayor, city attorney respond to allegations city council violated open meetings law
KVIA-TV
There was some confusion over how El Paso's City Council was able to announce its top choice for city manager when there was no vote. Mayor Oscar Leeser told the media that City Council had discussed in executive session the conclusions of the committee that interviewed the city manager candidates and "came to a consensus" to move forward with Tommy Gonzalez.
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Attorneys allege judge abused court's discretion in closing hearings
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
State District Judge Jean Boyd abused the court's discretion when she recently barred the media and public from two juvenile hearings, attorneys for several local media outlets allege in a court petition. The petition, filed with Fort Worth's Second District Court of Appeals, is the latest in a legal fight that began after Boyd tossed reporters and other members of the public from two juvenile proceedings involving a 16-year-old boy accused of fatally beating a 17-year-old acquaintance with a hammer.
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Texas ties help Lone Star lawmakers transcend politics — sometimes
Roll Call
Loving the state you represent is not a unique phenomenon in Congress. But, as Texas Republicans will tell you, everything is bigger in the Lone Star State. This is Part IV of a series on the Texas GOP. Part I examined the growing clout of the House delegation, Parts II and III delved into the GOP's weekly lunch and the members who miss those gatherings.
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Effective date of FCC prohibition on joint negotiation of TV retransmission consent agreements announced
Broadcast Law Blog
In the Federal Register, the FCC is published its new rule on prohibiting the joint negotiation of retransmission consent agreements by stations that are not commonly owned. According to the notice, "it is a violation of the duty to negotiate retransmission consent in good faith for a television broadcast station that is ranked among the top four stations as measured by audience share to negotiate retransmission consent jointly with another such station, if the stations are not commonly owned and serve the same geographic market."
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Texas broadcasters to honor four industry leaders
Beth Bobbitt, TAB Vice President, Member Services
The Texas Association of Broadcasters will honor four broadcast leaders at TAB's Annual Awards Gala. The gala, part of the association's 61st Annual Convention & Trade Show, is set for 7-10 p.m., Aug. 7, at the Renaissance Austin Hotel (9721 Arboretum Blvd., Austin, 78759).
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Speed Marriott, P1 Learning
There is a new ailment out there that is plaguing many members of our industry. These individuals suffer from the disease Shiny Object Syndrome. S.O.S. is the quest to always be in search of the newest, latest and hottest ideas and concepts. And like most things, S.O.S. is not bad in moderation. But the truly afflicted are so busy focusing on every new idea that they become unable to focus at all. Eventually they are reduced to the attention span of a lab rat.
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Satellite Engineering Group, a division of WESCO Distribution, is a communications company supplying solutions, products and services to the Broadcast, Satellite and Video distribution markets. Including, ATSC encoder upgrades, in-house IPTV and QAM CATV distribution, earth station construction, receivers, MPEG encoders, fiber, on-site surveys, fiber optic transport and much more. Satellite Engineering Group is a TAB Associate Member.
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The Systems Group
The Systems Group, a TAB Associate Member, is an internationally recognized broadcast systems design and engineering firm that offers strategic, technical and operational support to global broadcasters for more than 20 years. Our consulting and design teams are well versed in the coordination and design of large-scale, world-class facilities and have developed some of the most progressive systems to date.
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FCC chairman reminds TV broadcasters of the importance of their online political file obligations
Broadcast Law Blog
The FCC's Office of Political Broadcasting in its Media Bureau sent letters to all of the stations involved in the recent complaints for deficiencies in the political broadcasting paperwork in their online public file, asking that these stations respond to the complaints and provide details about the factual assertions that were made by May 27. At the same time, the FCC chairman issued a statement reminding TV broadcasters of the importance of the political file and how seriously the FCC takes any violations of its rules.
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Here come the political file complaints
CommLawBlog
Two years ago, when TV stations were first required to post their local public inspection files online, a number of observers anticipated that the ubiquitous availability of the now misnamed "local" files would lead to an influx of complaints from nonlocal parties enjoying easy Internet access to once distant files. The complaints have started.
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Texas Supreme Court: Corporations may suffer reputational damage
Reporters Committee
The Texas Supreme Court ruled that corporations — and not just individuals — may recover for reputational damage in defamation lawsuits. Typically, defendants have to prove specific financial damage resulting from the defamatory statements, unless the type of defamation is considered "defamation per se," in which case damages are presumed. One category of statements that are often considered defamatory per se are statements attacking a person's job-related abilities or professional stature. Corporations can, and regularly do, sue for defamation. But the question before the court was whether corporations can suffer damage to their reputation.
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More than half of AM CP's go unsold in FCC Auction 84
CommLawBlog
Through the history of spectrum auctions, the FCC has seemed motivated by a "Field of Dreams"-like belief: "If you hold the auctions, they will come." And sure enough, for the most part the bidders have indeed shown up. So, it's got to be a disappointment, if not a surprise, that Auction 84, the most recent auction of AM construction permits, has ended with only five of the available 22 permits drawing any active bidding beyond the opening minimum and more than half not attracting any bids at all.
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FCC vote starts spectrum auction process, raises questions
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The FCC last week adopted a Report & Order to implement the incentive spectrum auction that, in part, casts doubt on whether the agency intends to comply with federal law that provides two key protections for viewers and broadcasters.

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RGV TV stations, newspaper subpoenaed in civil lawsuit
The Monitor
An attorney who filed a civil lawsuit against Gamehaus Gastropub wants records from The Monitor and five local TV stations about a fatal shooting outside the popular bar Jan. 31 — including all interview notes, video footage and photographs from news reporters.

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News organizations challenge federal ban on drones
TVNewsCheck
More than a dozen news organizations filed a brief with the National Transportation Safety Board in support of aerial photographer Raphael Pirker. They say the FAA's ban violates First Amendment protection for news gathering.

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Former KBTX news director, anchor, reporter dies
KBTX-TV
KBTX-TV's recently retired news director, Mike George, was found dead May 18 at his home in College Station. A cause of death is not known, but foul play is not suspected. An autopsy has been ordered. George was 51 years old.
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Entravision promotes Zamudio in El Paso
Radio Ink
Diana Zamudio is now senior vice president of Integrated Marketing Solutions for the Spanish-language media company. Zamudio was promoted from general sales manager in El Paso.
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Making bigger better for Nexstar's news
TVNewsCheck
One of two local content directors at the station group, Jerry Walsh has been actively involved in Nexstar's $78 million news expansion and improvement push. While there are advantages to having the deep pockets of a large company, he says it's vital to think local and realize that no two newsrooms are alike.
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London sells six stations to Gannett
MikeMcGuff.com
Texas owned London Broadcasting Company to sell six television stations to Gannett Co. Inc.
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