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FCC names 34 Texas stations in latest round of EEO audits
-TAB offers members compliance help

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The FCC last week announced that 34 Texas stations will be audited to assess their compliance with the commission's Equal Employment Opportunity rules. Stations are randomly selected by the FCC, which audits about five percent of all radio and television stations annually; they have 30 days to respond to the FCC with the requested information. "It is critically important that stations on the audit list respond promptly to the FCC in order to avoid potential penalties," said TAB President Oscar Rodriguez.
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Texas' political version of musical chairs is underway
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
With the dust settled on a regular session and special session, and another special session underway, the scramble for Texas statewide political offices has begun in earnest. If things proceed as projected, the March 4, 2014 Texas Republican primary is going to be especially contentious. Texans could see more open statewide office seats in 2014 than in almost two decades. (TAB members only.)
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Texas election schedule remains on track for 2014
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Texas lawmakers, acting in the 83rd Texas Legislature made no changes to the schedule for 2014 elections in Texas. The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling affecting redistricting also has no effect and new district maps have been signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry. (TAB members only.)
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Great sales and management options at TAB 2013
TAB Staff
Get ready for a full slate of sales and management seminars at Texas broadcasting's biggest event — TAB's 60th Annual Convention & Trade Show. The full schedule is available online. Early registration ends July 7 so register now.
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Maximizing website buzz
Graeme Newell, 602 Communications
Keeping users coming back for fresh Web content requires a delicate balance. Comments have a big effect on traffic. If a story gets negative comments, should you leave it up and let people bitch or rotate it out for fresher content? New research from HP reveals some unexpected trends. The surprise is that online discussion produces markedly different results than traditional face-to-face discussion. (TAB members only.)
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Convention Focus: Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth
Fletcher, Heald & Hildretch is a longtime TAB Associate Member. Founded in 1936, they provide comprehensive services in every branch of communications law. Their active clients include broadcast stations, telecommunications companies, major financial institutions, equipment suppliers, Internet service providers, technology start-ups, mobile radio users and service providers, cable TV companies, fixed microwave interests, satellite providers, private equity investment firms, content owners and publishers, journalists, scientific research organizations, trade associations, universities, state and local governments and corporate telecommunications users.
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FCC Enforcement Monitor
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Pillsbury's communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. July's issue includes:
  • FCC Issues Heavy Fines for Late-Filed Children's Television Programming Reports
  • Motel with Multichannel Video Programming Distribution System Is Cited for Excessive Cable Signal Leakage

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The new Defamation Mitigation Act: How it affects Texas newsrooms
Laura Lee Prather, Haynes and Boone LLP
On June 14, Gov. Rick Perry signed into law HB 1759 adopting the Defamation Mitigation Act — also known as the Retraction Statute — demonstrating continued support of free speech for Texas citizens. The bill was passed by more than a two-thirds majority of each chamber, and, as a result, it became law on June 14.
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Texas Supreme Court decision in Neely v. Wilson will have 'chilling effect' on Texas newsrooms
Stacy Allen, Jackson Walker LLP
For the past two decades, since the Texas Supreme Court's decision in McIlvain v. Jacobs, 794 S.W.2d 14, 16 (Tex. 1990), Texas appellate courts and the Fifth Circuit have repeatedly held that journalists are insulated from liability for defamation when reporting the allegations of third parties as long as those allegations are reported accurately — even if the allegations themselves later turn out to be false.
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In search for effective ads, US TV operators mine viewer data
Reuters
U.S. cable companies and satellite TV providers, locked in battle with broadcasters and online sites for advertising, are taking a page from Google by using data on their subscribers' tastes to serve up tailored commercials.
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FCC names 34 Texas stations in latest round of EEO audits
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The FCC last week announced that 34 Texas stations will be audited to assess their compliance with the commission's Equal Employment Opportunity rules.

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Family Radio to sell two radio stations to religious broadcaster EMF
Radio Survivor
Family Stations, home of Harold Camping's Family Radio network, has filed paperwork with the FCC in order to assign the licenses for three radio stations to religious broadcaster Educational Media Foundation.

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Senators push FCC to act on the Sports Blackout Rule
Broadcast Engineering
Mignon Clyburn may only be temporary chairman of the FCC, but the heat is on her to act now on the Sports Blackout Rule.

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Paul Alexander joins KRIS-TV
TVSpy
KRIS, the NBC affiliate in Corpus Christi, has hired Paul Alexander as news director and Mike Gillaspia as morning co-anchor. "Both will be great additions to our staff," KRIS general manager Greg McAlister told TVSpy in an email.
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Photo agency sues Clear Channel
AllAccess.com
National Photo Group LLC, a photo agency, is suing Clear Channel for unauthorized use of celebrity photos on radio station websites.
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Univision names Olivera Austin manager
Inside Radio
Univision Radio has promoted seven-year Austin market sales manager Andrew Olivera to general manager for the two-station cluster.
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