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'Local Choice' for STELA bill another attempt to gut retrans consent
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
U.S. Senator John Thune, R-S.D., wants to make it harder for Americans to watch their favorite TV programming by forcing them to pay for local broadcast stations separately from — and in addition to — their Pay-TV service if they can't or don't want to set up an over-the-air antenna. Thune, the leading Republican on the Democrat-led Senate Commerce Committee, joined committee chairman Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., in floating a framework of Thune's "Local Choice" proposal Aug. 7, with the intention of adding it to an unrelated measure needed to continue the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act.
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Sept. 29 debate set in race for Texas lieutenant governor
Austin American-Statesman
State Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democrat in the race, agreed to a date for a debate. They are scheduled to meet on Sept. 29 at the KLRU-TV studio in Austin. Ross Ramsey, executive editor and co-founder of the Texas Tribune news website, will moderate.
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FCC decisions focus on FCC limits assessing programming claims in reviewing license renewals
Broadcast Law Blog
Two recent decisions, the most high profile being the renewal of the Fox television stations in the New York City area, demonstrate the analysis that the FCC goes through in deciding if a station has operated in the public interest and if its license deserves to be renewed. In the Fox case, the focus was on the public service record of the station. In a second case, that of a California radio station, the issue was much more specific — whether the station had promoted illegal drug use, and whether one of the station's on-air program hosts had been abusive to callers. In both cases, recognizing the First Amendment concerns posed by second guessing a broadcaster's programming decisions, the FCC granted the license renewals.
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Cruz: Reporters were 'doing their jobs' in Ferguson coverage
The Hill
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, criticized the arrest of reporters in Ferguson, Missouri, saying they were detained "simply for doing their jobs." "Reporters should never be detained — a free press is too important — simply for doing their jobs," the freshman senator and potential 2016 contender said on his Facebook page. "Civil liberties must be protected, but violence is not the answer. Once the unrest is brought to an end, we should examine carefully what happened to ensure that justice is served," he added.
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Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop set for Sept. 20 in Austin
TAB will present the annual Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop on Sept. 20 at the Belo Center for New Media on the University of Texas campus in Austin. Sponsors of the event include the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters and the School of Journalism in the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. This all-day workshop features nationally-known broadcast newsroom trainers Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Deborah Potter of NewsLab and Les Rose of CBS News.
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Texas broadcasters announce new officers, directors
Texas broadcasters recently elected a new slate of officers and several new directors to the Texas Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors. New directors were installed at TAB's Annual Business Meeting on Aug. 7. The meeting was held in conjunction with TAB's 61st Annual Convention and Trade Show at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.
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TAB salutes Bonner McLane Award winners
TAB recently honored the outstanding public service contributions of six Texas radio and television stations. The Bonner McLane Public Service Awards are named for TAB's first executive director who passed away in 1987 after many years of service. The awards were presented as part of TAB's 61st Annual Convention & Trade Show, Aug. 6-7, in Austin.
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New AG's ruling keeps old travel records secret
The Texas Tribune
After critics raised a stink about the tax dollars being spent to provide security for Gov. Rick Perry while he was gearing up to run for president, lawmakers passed a bill in 2011 designed to let Texans know — eventually — what they were getting for their money. Now, thanks to a new ruling from the office of Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety will not have to provide itemized travel records for the security detail after all.
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Appeals court rules in favor of DFW media outlets: Juvenile hearings should not have been closed
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
State District Judge Jean Boyd abused her discretion when she barred the media and public from two juvenile court hearings without showing evidence of good cause, Fort Worth's 2nd Court of Appeals unanimously agreed in an opinion released recently. Boyd was ordered to promptly vacate the two closure orders and take immediate steps to make transcripts of the Jan. 10 and Jan. 22 hearings available to the media group.
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Texas Court of Appeals: City of El Paso released all emails to lawyer Stephanie Townsend Allala
The El Paso Times
A panel of appellate judges sitting in Austin has thrown out a lawsuit claiming that the city of El Paso has refused to release public records related to the controversial ballpark project. The activist bringing the suit, El Paso lawyer Stephanie Townsend Allala, is now deciding whether to appeal the ruling to the entire 3rd Court of Appeals, her attorney Bill Aleshire said in an email.
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Nearly a decade in the making: FCC tower rules brought into the 21st century
CommLawBlog
If you've got one or more tower structures, you may be in luck. The FCC has at long last taken a weed-whacker to Part 17 of its rules, a long-overgrown regulatory briar patch governing the construction, painting and lighting of antenna structures. While the substantive requirements remain largely intact, a number of procedural changes should make life at least a little easier for tower owners as well as the Commission's staff.
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Rentrak adds 3 more NBC stations
TVNewsCheck
Media measurement company Rentrak has signed a multiyear agreement with the NBC Owned Television Stations in Los Angeles (KNBC), Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS) and Miami-Fort Lauderdale (WTVJ). These stations will use Rentrak's passive measurement system, including Rentrak's single-source automotive and political segmentation.
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State broadcasters to FCC: Keep sports blackout rule
Broadcasting & Cable
Add the 50 state broadcast associations to the list of those pushing back on an FCC plan to eliminate the sports blackout rule, which prevents cable and satellite operators from importing distant signal versions of games blacked out on local TV stations due to insufficient ticket sales. The Fox and CBS affiliates weighed in with their vote to keep the rules in the interests of protecting localism and the league's control of its own games.
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Univision revamps local media organization
TVNewsCheck
The new single multiplatform entity will have just one general manager, as well as one sales director, in each the 12 markets where Univision has both TV and radio stations. As part of the move, WGBO Chicago's Larry Sands and WLTV Miami's Mike Rodriguez are out of jobs.
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CMG San Antonio rebrands as 'The Eagle'
Radio and Television Business Report
Cox Media Group San Antonio has rebranded San Antonio's only classic rock station as 106.7 FM The Eagle. "Some recent changes in the market allowed us to emerge as the only full-signal classic rock station in San Antonio," said CMG San Antonio VP and Market Manager Dan Lawrie.
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