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FCC moves to expand online public, political files requirement to radio
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The FCC recently issued a public notice seeking comments on potentially expanding the current requirement that TV broadcasters post their public and political files online to Radio stations, as well as Pay-TV services. Reacting to a petition from three Washington, D.C.-based interest groups focused on providing more transparency of political fundraising and campaign spending, the commission asked for comments by Aug. 28 and reply comments just 10 days later on Sept. 8.
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Republicans say FCC 'marred by bad process'
The Hill
Republicans at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill are calling on the agency to be more transparent and allow for greater public interaction. In a recent blog post, Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly pushed for the ability to disclose and discuss items ahead of agency votes. "Allowing public access to the draft text of Open Meeting items before a vote is the right thing to do from a good government perspective," O'Rielly wrote.
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FCC sets comment dates for rulemaking on required captioning of online video clips
Broadcast Law Blog
The Federal Communications Commission has set the date for comments on its Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on certain aspects of the captioning of online video clips. To summarize, FCC action is to set up compliance deadlines for the captioning of video clips taken from programs that are shown on TV, add captions and then repurpose these clips for online use. While the Commission already has established obligations for TV broadcasters to reuse these clips on the broadcaster's website or through its own app, there still are certain areas in which the rules have not yet been extended and where the FCC is seeking comments. The Comment deadline is Oct. 6 with replies due Nov. 3.
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Editor & Publisher: UAS or UAV, just don't call them drones
Editor & Publisher
The manufacturers of flying eyes in the sky prefer that you not call them drones. It seems the term has acquired a bad rep, thanks to the legacy of weaponized systems and the fear that they'll become the next method for spying on U.S. citizens. The makers, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration, prefer to use less colloquial terms, such as unmanned aircraft system or unmanned aircraft vehicles.
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Save the date: TAB Newsroom Workshop on Sept. 20
The annual Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop takes place Saturday, Sept. 20, in Austin on the UT-Austin campus. The day-long event will have multiple tracks of sessions on various aspects of newsgathering featuring nationally known broadcast news professionals, a large contingent of the state's best broadcast journalists and media law attorneys. Registration will open at on Wednesday, Aug. 20 and a complete schedule of sessions and presenters will be posted there as well. Questions? Contact TAB's Michael Schneider or call (512) 322-9944.
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Who taught you how to write copy?
By Mark Margulies
Mark Margulies with BENMARadio Inc. writes: "Interesting question. Not meant to be personally challenging to anyone — more of a 'how did you get started' topic. For me, I got lucky. I learned from some of the best. Dick Orkin, Chuck Blore and Fred Arthur were not only out making it happen in their studios, they were doing tapes, seminars, RAB discussions — even records. If you listened, you learned. I was also lucky to work with a great creative partner in Greg Bennett, now a well-known sales trainer and motivational speaker. Greg and I began in a small Northern Colorado town that had a booming signal and a 1940's production facility." (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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Lawsuit secrets related to West, Texas, explosion keep public in dark
The Dallas Morning News
Secrets wrapped up in lawsuits over the 2013 explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas, could keep valuable health and safety information hidden from the public forever. This is because a judge has approved confidentiality agreements requested by attorneys in the case. As the lawyers prepare for trial, these agreements virtually allow both sides to label all uncovered information as confidential.
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DOJ reviews ASCAP, BMI consent decrees: What should broadcasters, music services know?
Broadcast Law Blog
For more than 50 years, ASCAP and BMI have been subject to antitrust consent decrees that limit their operations and oversee the rates set for use of their music. Among the many requirements under the consent decree are those that obligate ASCAP and BMI to license all users of music who are similarly situated under the same rates and standards, and the oversight of a "rate court" to determine whether rates are reasonable whenever either of the PROs can't agree on the amount of those rates with a class of music users. In June, the U.S. Department of Justice asked for public comment on several aspects of the consent decrees, and whether modifications of the decrees were called for. Comments on the DOJ notice were due Aug. 6. Why was this proceeding started and what is the DOJ looking at?
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Turchetta leaving KEYE-TV news director post for Florida PR job
KEYE-TV news director Greg Turchetta is leaving the Austin CBS affiliate, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Turchetta will soon oversee communications for a school system in Naples, Florida. His final day on the job at KEYE is Aug. 8.
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WFAA's Woodard leaving for PR post
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Teresa Woodard, who quickly established herself as one of WFAA-TV's standout reporters after joining the station in March 2012, will be leaving to take a public relations position with an educational software company.
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FOIFT annual conference set for Sept. 12 in Austin
Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas hosts its 2014 annual state conference, A Road Map to Open Government, on Sept. 12 at the Hilton Austin hotel. Panel discussions throughout the day will focus on the public's access to courts, social media in open government and new twists in the Texas Public Information Act.
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