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Events

Sept. 4
TAB Exec Briefing: Political Broadcast Rules

Sept. 4
TAB Board Meeting

Sept. 20
Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop


 






TAB fights Pay-TV's broadcast a la carte plan
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The Pay-TV industry's latest and greatest customer service plan would force their long-suffering subscribers to work harder to get their favorite programming — local broadcast stations — if they also want to watch the occasional cable channel on the same system. The proposal is rooted in the lie that it would stem channel blackouts and lower costs and wholly in the fact that Pay-TV wants to gut the basic tier of lifeline programming and the retransmission consent system.
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Abbott withdraws from Sept. 30 Gannett debate, agrees to KXAS/KERA/Telemundo debate on same date
Houston Chronicle
Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott recently backed out of a debate with Democratic rival Wendy Davis, setting off a series of events casting uncertainty on whether voters will see the candidates on the same stage more than once before Election Day.
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Local officials urge lawmakers to change Texas Public Information Act
Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
Large commercial data requests are slowing down city secretaries and county clerks, who need to be exempt from some Texas Public Information Act requests, officials recently told state lawmakers.
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Hunter to speak at Sept. 12 FOIFT conference
Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
First Amendment and open government advocates will address court access, social media usage and updates to public records laws when the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas hosts its state conference Sept. 12.
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Light of Day Project: Tarleton students use TPIA to track where student fee money went
Texan News Service
The average Tarleton student just finished paying around $1,400 in fees for the upcoming semester. Though students are used to shelling out hundreds of dollars each semester to pay for library fees, parking and the like, most probably don't know where that money goes. Texan News Service decided to trace the trail and we started with the Student Service Fee, which, records show, took in some $3.3 million in 2013.
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Register today for TAB's free webinar on FCC political broadcast rules
The political window for the November election opens Sept. 5. It's time to get a quick refresher on the FCC's political rules before the fall political season gets fully underway. Attorney Gregg Skall with TAB Associate Member law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP provides this 90-minute overview covering topics, such as proper sponsorship identification, candidate access, political rates, the online political file and much, much more.
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Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop set for Sept. 20 in Austin
TAB will present the annual Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop 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. Texas broadcast news and media law professionals will also be on hand as session presenters. The workshop will cover a wide gamut of topics for newsroom managers, reporters, producers and video journalists.
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Sign up for a free 7-day trial with P1 Learning — TAB's exclusive online sales training program
TAB is excited to announce a new online training partnership with P1 Learning! P1 Learning helps stations train through short video-based courses, which are easily accessible anywhere, anytime — on your phone, tablet or computer. P1 benefits include:
  • Hundreds of training videos
  • Study documents and exams
  • Personalized curriculum
  • User accountability tool
  • Separate radio and TV campuses

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    Comrex Corporation
    Comrex is a longtime TAB Associate Member. They have designed and manufactured broadcast equipment since its incorporation in 1961. Their product line has consistently applied the best in current technology to the specific needs of broadcasters. From the time of their founder John Cheney's first products in the early 1960s, Comrex has had a long tradition of providing a very down-to-earth answer to a universal broadcast need — bringing high-quality audio into the studio from virtually anywhere, economically, at a moment's notice.
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    September regulatory dates for broadcasters
    Broadcast Law Blog
    September is one of those few months of the year where there are no regular FCC filing deadlines. For TV stations that recently filed a renewal — or are about to file one — there are the pre- or post-filing notices. But for most broadcasters, the one routine regulatory deadline in September is the obligation to pay annual regulatory fees. But, so far, the FCC has not released the order officially stating what those fees will be or the notice setting the filing deadlines — though we expect these notices any day. As the fees need to be paid before the start of the FCC's new fiscal year on Oct. 1, expect that those fees will be due at some point before the end of September.
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    Sept. 9 Fletcher Heald Hildreth webinar: What you need to know about the must-carry/retrans consent election process
    CommLawBlog
    With summer on the wane and Labor Day behind us, full-service TV licensees probably have a clear idea of the steps they'll be taking to tie down cable and satellite carriage for the next three-year election term. But we're guessing that some of you still may be a bit behind the curve. Never fear. Fletcher Heald will be presenting a free webinar on the ins and out of the must-carry/retransmission consent process at 2:30 p.m. EDT, Sept. 9.
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    Sept. 10 Fletcher Heald Hildreth webinar: The fallout from the Aereo decision and questions left unanswered
    CommLawBlog
    As we all know, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the Aereo case two months ago — but that wasn't the end of the matter by any means. The Court's decision left a number of questions unanswered. And, as has been the case since it burst onto the scene, Aereo is nothing if not creative, which means that despite its loss in the Supreme Court, it has not exited the scene by a long shot. While maybe you took the summer off, our Aereo watchers, Kevin Goldberg and Harry Cole, did not. They've been keeping track of the fallout following the Supreme Court's decision and they're ready to bring you all up to date in a free one-hour webinar at 1 p.m. EDT, Sept. 10.
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    FCC finally acts: Regulatory fees due Sept. 23
    The FCC kicked off its long Labor Day weekend on Aug. 29 with a Public Notice setting Sept. 23 as the deadline for stations' payment of regulatory fees. As anticipated, checks, money orders and cashier's checks are no longer accepted for payment. Licensees need to make arrangements to pay by wire, electronic funds transfer or credit card. David Oxenford with Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP explains all the changes in his latest advisory.
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    KUT's 'On My Block' project a finalist for 2014 Online Journalism Award
    KUT-FM
    "On My Block," an online project aimed at amplifying citizen voices in Austin's new City Council District 1, is a finalist for a 2014 Online Journalism Award from the Online News Association. "On My Block" is one of four finalists in the "small feature" category.
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    LDR Interactive named to Inc. Magazine 500
    All Access Music Group
    LDR Interactive has been named to the Inc. Magazine 500/5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. LDR Interactive is one of 41 software companies in the world to rank in this year's List of 500, and No. 1 out of four software companies based in Ohio.
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