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2014 primary election date holds under new court ruling
-Sets stage for potential three-month runoff campaign season

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The primary elections slated for March 4 will proceed as scheduled thanks to a new ruling by a three-judge federal panel in San Antonio, which means, in part, that the most contested statewide races could be engaged in lengthy runoff campaigns from March to the end of May. The court ruling gave a measure of victory to both sides in the ongoing dispute over the state's redistricting efforts since the 2010 census. (TAB Members Only)
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Christian joins Railroad Commissioner race
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Former state Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, has made it official — he's running for Texas Railroad Commissioner. Christian, a seven-term member of the Texas House, was defeated in the 2012 Republican primary by Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, GM of KMHT Marshall and a member of the TAB board of directors. "Over the past few years the Federal Government has waged a war on oil and gas development," said Christian.
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Federal ban in the works for TV e-cigarette ads?
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce in October a rulemaking proposal banning television advertising of e-cigarettes. The e-cigarette industry is currently unregulated. The broadcast advertising of e-cigarettes is a source of some station advertising revenue in Texas. (TAB Members Only)
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Sign up now for the Sept. 21 Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop in Dallas
The Texas Association of Broadcasters has lined up nearly 40 presenters — from network news veterans to some of Texas’ best news professionals — to provide a variety of workshop sessions on Sept. 21 in Dallas at the Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop. No other state broadcast association puts on an annual newsroom workshop on the scale or quality of this annual event, now in its 11th year.
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The Short Proposal Clients Love
- Originally published in www.radioink.com

Paul Weyland, Weyland Communication Strategies
My favorite proposal format is what I call S.O.S. — Situation, Objective, Strategy — a one- to two-page, easy-to-read summary of what I've learned from the client, combined with my recommendations on a creative campaign and a weekly budget. The S.O.S. proposal looks similar to a business plan summary, the short synopsis of the 40-pages-long business plan that you would put together when applying for a business loan. (TAB Members Only)
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TAB newsroom workshop sponsor: SKY Helicopters
SKY Helicopters Inc., a TAB Associate Member, is a Texas-based provider of turn-key HD aerial news gathering helicopter services. SKY provides HD news helicopters for CBS, NBC and FOX in the DFW market, plus seven other states. SKY offers barter solutions that can drive the cost of a helicopter program to zero dollars. SKY uses new helicopters with superb quality HD CineFlex camera systems, plus 100-mile microwave range for an affordable, reliable and safe helicopter program. SKY Helicopters also is a sponsor of the upcoming Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop.
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Arbitron Inc.
Arbitron Inc., a TAB Gold Patron Associate Member, is a leading supplier of radio and consumer radio audience data to Texas broadcasters. Through the use of Arbitron's quantitative and Scarborough qualitative research, stations can generate more sales opportunities and make better business decisions. Arbitron is currently measuring Houston-Galveston with the Portable People Meter.
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TAB joins amicus in Neely v. Wilson rehearing request
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
TAB has joined an amicus, or friend-of-the-court, brief along with several other media organizations requesting a motion for rehearing in this summer's Texas Supreme Court's decision in Neely v. Wilson. The brief was prepared by attorney Laura Prather of TAB Associate member law firm Haynes and Boone. The Neely decision is significant because it effectively overrules two decades of libel case law and make it difficult to obtain summary judgment on libel claims. (TAB Members Only)
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NAB: Time to ditch distant signal license
Broadcasting & Cable
The National Association of Broadcasters wants Congress to do away with the distant signal compulsory license that allows satellite operators to import distant TV station network affiliates into their markets. In prepared testimony for a satellite hearing Sept. 10 in a House Judiciary Committee subcommittee, Gerry Waldron, representing NAB, said that the license "has outlived its usefulness and can no longer be justified."
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NAB breaks out tin foil hats in retransmission fight
TVNewsCheck
The National Association of Broadcasters currently is trying to convince everyone that a few pay TV companies are engaged in some sort of conspiracy to cause blackouts in order to move Congress to change retransmission consent. The NAB claims that 89 percent of blackouts in the last two years have involved DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable, and if only those companies would work a little harder to reach resolutions with the broadcasters, there wouldn't be any blackouts.
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Is critical mass cracking the OTT dam?
By Mitch Weinraub
The concept of over-the-top, or OTT, television has been around for quite a while. We can argue about whether the flood was started by Netflix, YouTube or even Broadcast.com, but in any case the surge has only continued. Over a number of years, technology and communication bandwidth has improved to the point that it is almost possible to watch HD-quality linear content on multipurpose devices via multiuse networks. The dam holding back this technology hasn't burst a hole yet, but the critical mass of content seems to be building and may be showing cracks.
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2014 primary election date holds under new court ruling
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The primary elections slated for March 4 will proceed as scheduled thanks to a new ruling by a three-judge federal panel in San Antonio last week which means, in part, that the most contested statewide races could be engaged in lengthy runoff campaigns from March to the end of May.

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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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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.

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KEYE's Stolp leaving station for Silicon Labs
Austin360.com
KEYE's Katherine Stolp wrapped up a nearly six-year stint at the city's CBS affiliate, but she's not going far. Stolp, who anchored the station's weekend newscasts, is headed to Silicon Labs, where she'll handle community relations, as well as employee communications and engagement efforts.
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Lopez leaving KDFW after seven years
Uncle Barky's Bytes
Veteran Fox4 reporter Emily Lopez is leaving the Dallas-based station. "Yup, it's true," Lopez confirmed recently via email. "My husband got a job out of state and I will be joining him. It's hard to leave a place after seven years."
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Austin: Big growth for a hot TV market
Media Life Magazine
The population of Austin is growing faster than any other Nielsen top 50 TV market. In Nielsen's DMA rankings for the 2013-14 season, Austin jumped from No. 45 to No. 40. With advertisers eager to reach the influx of new residents, Austin's media economy is very healthy, with inventory already tight through December.
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NAB moving HQ to be nearer to Congress
TVNewsCheck
After 66 years in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C., the trade association has decided to seek new quarters closer to the Capitol and congressional offices. "A move to the Capitol Hill/Capitol Riverfront area would provide policymakers and regulators easier accessibility to NAB, and will allow NAB to better showcase broadcast innovation," says NAB President Gordon Smith.
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