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Music royalty buzz grows despite growing Congressional opposition to Performance Tax
-Deep dive session slated for TAB Convention

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
With the House Judiciary Committee undertaking a comprehensive, year-long review of the entire body of U.S. copyright law, various proposals to change how music royalties are assessed appear to grow by the day. Two such proposals include the Songwriter Equity Act, which would increase the fees that all music platforms pay to ASCAP and BMI, and the RESPECT Act, which for the first time would assess royalties on streaming of pre-1972 sound recordings. A third proposal would prohibit a television group that also owns radio stations from collecting retransmission consent payments unless it pays a Performance Tax.
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Reporter subpoenaed for Perry grand jury probe
Houston Chronicle
The Houston Chronicle's Austin bureau chief was subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury looking into whether Gov. Rick Perry misused his authority last year in vetoing funding for the Travis County District Attorney's Public Integrity Unit. Mike Ward, while a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman last year, broke the story that led to the grand jury investigation.
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AG rules hazardous chemical lists no longer public record
WFAA-TV
For the past 30 years, federal law has required chemical makers and handlers to disclose what's stored on premises. It's called the Community Right To Know Act and it has been at the core of the safety conversation since last year's deadly fertilizer explosion in West, Texas.
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Texas' oil, gas regulator refuses to talk to media
The Associated Press via Austin American-Statesman
Texas' oil and gas regulatory agency has instituted a blanket policy barring staff members from doing media interviews, raising questions about transparency as the state grapples with the intricacies of one of the largest energy booms in decades.
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A legal 1st: KRIS-TV prevails in federal court case recognizing Texas' Anti-SLAPP law
By Catherine Robb, Counsel, Haynes and Boone LLP
In a recent case in the Southern District of Texas, Christopher Williams v. Cordillera Communications Inc., et al, a federal court in Texas for the first time explicitly found that the Texas Anti-SLAPP statute applies in federal court. In that case, Corpus Christi television station KRIS ran a series of stories about a former high school teacher and coach, Christopher Williams, who had been accused over the years of offenses of a "sexual nature" and of inappropriate behavior with female students.
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TAB launches new energy conservation NCSA
Craig Bean, TAB Director, EEO & Public Service
The Public Utility Commission of Texas is encouraging Texans to conserve energy this summer in its new NCSA campaign distributed recently. The schedule airs June 16-Sept. 15. The message says Texans can save up to 16 percent on their bills by raising thermostats just two degrees. Radio and television spots are available in English and Spanish. To download the spots (radio or TV), affidavit, pledge and traffic forms, click here. If you have questions about this or any NCSA campaign, contact TAB's Craig Bean.
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Broadcasters to share their sales 'Gold' at TAB Convention
TAB's 61st Annual Convention & Trade Show kicks off with several sales idea sharing sessions. The "Gold in 60 Seconds" sessions are slated for Aug. 6 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Topics include multiplatforming, new direct business/NTR, social media implementation and automotive promotions.
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Possible to teach a dog new tricks?
by Katey McGuckin-Woolam, P1 Learning
Is it possible to teach a dog new tricks? Absolutely. As veteran sellers, we are always looking for that edge. And sometimes we get into slumps. If this is your case, view P1 Learning's series on creativity to fine-tune your skills. Creativity is becoming increasingly important in the work place. But where does creativity come from? Is it inherited? Is it a talent? Actually, it's a skill.
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Convention Focus: Haynes and Boone LLP
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2014 FCC regulatory fees proposed: Good news for radio, VHF TV, but not UHF TV
CommLawBlog
It happens every spring: The annual announcement of proposed regulatory fees that the FCC's regulates will be called upon to shell out toward the end of summer. While the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking laying out the proposed fees has in recent years tended to pop up in early May, the Commission is running a tad late this time around.
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FCC announces freeze on LPTV displacements, new digital replacement translator applications
CommLawCenter
Surprise, surprise, the FCC has instituted yet another application filing freeze. The FCC effectively said "enough is enough" and stopped accepting applications for LPTV channel displacements and new digital replacement translators.
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FCC updates spectrum holding policies
CommLawBlog
Low-band spectrum gets special treatment in the upcoming "Incentive Auction" and in the FCC's case-by-case analysis of secondary market transactions.
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Serial FCC petitioner sustains 14th loss
CommLawBlog
You have to admire somebody who just won't quit. No matter what. Such as someone who applied for FCC licenses back in 2000, was turned down, and has devoted unceasing efforts ever since to alter that outcome. After the FCC had ruled against him 11 separate times on those same licenses, it forbade him from asking again without first getting its permission.
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Another round of EEO audits of radio stations announced by the FCC
Broadcast Law Blog
Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a public notice announcing a new round of EEO audits. Letters to about 180 radio stations went out asking for evidence of their compliance with the FCC's EEO rules. The Commission has pledged to audit 5 percent of all broadcast stations and cable systems each year to assure their compliance with the Commission's EEO rules.
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Music royalty buzz grows despite growing Congressional opposition to Performance Tax
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
With the House Judiciary Committee undertaking a comprehensive, year-long review of the entire body of U.S. copyright law, various proposals to change how music royalties are assessed appear to grow by the day.

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CALM Act, FCC fees and more
Broadcast Law Blog
One of the FCC's decisions in implementing changes in the CALM Act was that stations could comply with its provisions by meeting the standards set out in A/85 Recommended Practice, The FCC announced a, regulating loud commercials.

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Texas DCJ viewing policy reduces media witnesses to executions
The Texas Tribune
At a time when a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma and secrecy about how Texas prisons obtain lethal injection drugs have increased public scrutiny of the procedure, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is allowing fewer media outlets to attend executions.

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TAB's McAnally takes post with water group
Teresa McAnally signed off as TAB's projects coordinator June 13 to take a position as member services director for the Texas Rural Water Association. McAnally joined TAB on a part-time basis in 2005 while her children were young and assumed a full-time schedule in 2013.
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Mendez named VP of content at Dallas Telemundo O&O
Media Moves
Karen Mendez has accepted a new job as vice president of content at KXTX-TV, the Telemundo O&O in Dallas. She leaves Washington, D.C., where she has been news director at WFDC-TV, the Entravision-owned Univision affiliate since December 2011.
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Final round voting now open for Texas Radio Hall of Fame
Texas Radio Hall of Fame
The Texas Radio Hall of Fame is now accepting ballots for the final round. View the nominees and select three who are deserving of the honor. Deadline for submission is June 30. The induction ceremony will be held Nov. 1 in Galveston.
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Texas radio, TV stations win national RTDNA Murrow Awards
Radio Television Digital News Association
The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.
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Austin gets gospel radio station
Austin360.com
Veteran broadcaster Bob Cole and his Austin Radio Network partners have launched a round-the-clock gospel format on KLGO-AM, promising to play at least four songs by Texas artists each hour.
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Rentrak and Nielsen duel over measurement crown
The Wall Street Journal
Rentrak is making headway in its battle for a bigger piece of the audience measurement business. The firm's announcement that it struck a long-term deal to provide local market TV ratings to Fox Television Stations follows similar deals with other TV companies recently.
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