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Federal tax reform efforts could threaten advertising deduction
-TAB presses issue with key Congressman

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
A small group of members of Congress has been quietly evaluating a number of possible changes to the federal income tax code in an effort to lower the marginal corporate tax rate to 25 percent and could unveil an overall proposal well before the end of this year. Among the potential changes rumored to be under consideration is the scaling back or complete elimination of the deduction for advertising costs, which if approved, would deal a serious setback to advertising-based industries and imperil the country's nascent economic recovery. (TAB Members Only)
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Rep. Torres announces run for state comptroller
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Former state Rep. Raul Torres, R-Corpus Christi, has made it official — he's running for state comptroller. Torres served one term in the Texas House and last ran for a Texas Senate seat in 2012, a race he lost. He is a certified public accountant who wants the state to adopt the Lean Six Sigma management system to reduce wasteful spending and shrink government overall. Current Comptroller Susan Combs announced recently that she will not seek re-election.
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Davis postpones announcement of political future
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has postponed the announcement of her future political plans for the time being. She had been expected to make an announcement around the Labor Day holiday about her possible run for governor instead of seeking re-election in her Texas Senate district. Davis said she needs to be with her father, who has suffered complications from recent surgery. "We remain hopeful that the improvements we've seen in his health will continue,” Davis said.
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Register now for Sept. 21 Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop; fees increase Sept. 10
Stations should sign up now for TAB's Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop on Sept. 21 in Dallas on the SMU campus. Sign up now while the early registration fee of $55 person member station rate is in effect! Registration fees will increase on Sept. 10. The all-day Saturday workshop is sponsored in part by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences-Lone Star Chapter.
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The unselfish news brand
Graeme Newell, 602 Communications
Most stations will proudly proclaim they possess a "station brand," but a lot of them are mistaken. A brand is not a noun. A brand is a series of verbs and adjectives that describes a feeling. A brand is an emotional connection to the customer, not just a product feature. For example, Lady Gaga's brand statement could be "hip, pop culture parody." She wears over-the-top clothes, heckles stardom and mocks fame, all to demonstrate her brand, but none of those behaviors (nouns) are her brand. (TAB Members Only)
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COMARK Communications
COMARK Communications, a TAB Associate Member, is a highly specialized company with more than 40 years of continuous activity and experience in the field of high power RF Technology. The core business of the company has traditionally been the design and development of solid state and tube type high power broadcasting transmitters, systems and components.
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RF Specialties of Texas
RF Specialties of Texas, a TAB Gold Patron Associate Member, is your NAUTEL AM/FM/TV partner since 1981 a world leader in AM and FM transmitters. Hitachi brand of LINEAR-TV transmitters, exciters and encoders we have your complete system solution. We are proud to represent over 300 manufacturers of Radio and TV products from the studio to the tower and antenna.
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LPFM decisions upholding dismissal of applicants give warning to applicants in upcoming window
Broadcast Law Blog
In a recent decision, the FCC ruled on six applications for LPFM stations from the last LPFM window, dismissing all of them, and warning potential applicants in the upcoming LPFM window to pay attention to the decision so they can avoid similar issues with their applications. The dismissal of four applicants was the result of those applicants not being legally registered as nonprofit corporations in their states at the time of the FCC filing of their FCC applications. These decisions resulted in six applicants losing their chance to operate LPFM stations in their markets.
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September regulatory deadlines: "Reg" fees, renewal notices, with more action to come
Broadcast Law Blog
September is one of the few months without a due date for the standard regulatory filings — no renewals, EEO public file reports and no Quarterly Issues Programs Lists or Children's Television Reports. Instead, the big filing this month is one that applies to all commercial broadcasters — the annual regulatory fees due on Sept. 20. We wrote about the deadline and the amounts of the fees by category of broadcaster. But just because there are no other regular filings due at the FCC does not mean that those in charge of regulatory compliance at your stations can take the month off once they have paid the fees.
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Federal tax reform efforts could threaten advertising deduction
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
A small group of members of Congress has been quietly evaluating a number of possible changes to the federal income tax code in an effort to lower the marginal corporate tax rate to 25 percent and could unveil an overall proposal well before the end of this year.

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Texas broadcasters elect new officers, directors
Beth Bobbitt, TAB Vice President, Member Services
Texas broadcasters this month 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. 8.

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Unhappy interns up in arms about unpaid internships
CommLawBlog
The unpaid internship. It's a rite of passage in the media industry. Every year, communications/journalism majors dust off their résumés and apply for the few highly coveted positions at newspapers, television stations, radio stations and movie studios.

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Scarlett Greyson to anchor KTBC's "Good Day Austin" weekends
MikeMcGuff.com
Scarlett Greyson has been named anchor for KTBC FOX 7’s "Good Day Austin Saturday" and "Good Day Austin Sunday," announced the station's vice president and news director, Pam Vaught. Greyson will anchor the new weekend morning newscasts, which will air from 6-8 a.m. and debut on Sept. 7.
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KRIV names Howard Dorsey assistant news director
TVNewsCheck
Howard Dorsey was named assistant news director of Fox O&O KRIV Houston (DMA 10). He assumes this position on Sept. 16. Most recently, Dorsey was an executive producer at WPIX New York for the past three years. Prior to that, he was executive producer for News12 New Jersey and Web managing editor for WNCN Raleigh, N.C.
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Garrison to lead Cox country stations
Radio INK
Cox Media Group has named Jeff Garrison as its new country radio format leader. Garrison had been programming Y100 in San Antonio for Cox. CMG's executive VP of Radio Kim Guthrie said, "We are proud that Jeff is taking on these additional responsibilities, and I am confident he will be a huge resource to our Country program directors. CMG has some of the biggest super-brands in the country format, and adding Jeff to the strategic teams at each station will help us leverage our strength in this format."
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Vitec buys Teradek
TVNewsCheck
There's more M&A in the broadcast technology space. Teradek, a provider of wireless HD video devices and platforms, has been acquired by the Vitec Group, an international provider of products and services for the broadcast, photography and military/government markets. Teradek will fall under Vitec's videocom division.
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Nexstar names Pruett Sr. VP
Broadcasting & Cable
Julie Pruett, VP and general manager of Nexstar Broadcasting's KFDX Wichita Falls, Texas, -Lawton, Okla., has been named senior vice president and regional manager of Nexstar Broadcasting's west region markets. It is a new position at the company. Wayne Reed, KFDX director of sales, succeeds her as GM in DMA No. 143.
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Houston: Buyers target Hispanic TV
Media Life Magazine
A large Hispanic population that advertisers are eager to connect with is one of several things behind Houston's healthy media economy, which should remain strong into next year. Houston is the nation's No. 4 Hispanic DMA, according to Nielsen, with more than 623,000 Hispanic TV households in the market or 28 percent of the market's 2.22 million total TV households.
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Devlin to succeed Boylan at ABC Affiliates Board
Broadcasting & Cable
Mike Devlin, president and general manager of Belo flagship WFAA Dallas, will succeed Dave Boylan as ABC affiliates board chairman upon his resignation from his general manager job at WPLG Miami Sept. 20. Devlin is currently VP on the board.
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ABC launches streaming TV in Houston
TVNewsCheck
Disney/ABC Television Group announced the launch of its "Watch ABC" authenticated streaming service in Houston. Watch ABC allows pay TV subscribers to access Houston's KTRK 24 hours a day, seven days a week online and on their mobile devices.
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