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Tax deduction for advertising costs on chopping block
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
There are growing indications that Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee are considering taxing advertising in their planned tax code reform. The measure is one of several options under review, and the "reform" proposal could be unveiled in the next couple months, possibly sooner. Scaling back or completely eliminating the deduction for advertising costs is tantamount to an Ad Tax. (TAB Members Only)
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Democratic primary races potentially shaping up
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Next week's announcement by state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, of her future political plans could make the Democratic primary and November general election in 2014 a lot more interesting. TAB has forecast a strong Republican primary next March with multiple, multicandidate battles in at least three or four statewide races, but a much quieter November as the Democrats do not appear they will field a candidate for statewide office. (TAB Members Only)
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Save the date: Dec. 5 TAB political broadcasting workshop
TAB is organizing a Dec. 5 political broadcasting workshop/webinar just in time for the start of the 2014 political season. An afternoon workshop is planned at the TAB offices in Austin featuring Bobby Baker, the FCC's chief of political broadcasting, and attorney David Oxenford of TAB Associate member law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP.
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TAB now offering Individual Memberships — Join today!
The Texas Association of Broadcasters is pleased to offer Individual Membership to any persons interested in careers in the broadcast industry, students or educators in broadcasting and communication programs and employees of broadcast stations. Dues are only $45 per year. That includes access to the Texas Broadcast Directory and TAB Associate Member Directory, discounted rates to attend all TAB events, member rates to subscribe to online sales training and much more!
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Texas Creative Co-Op: Scripts from BENMARadio
Mark Margulies, BENMARadio
TAB members have the opportunity to download several scripts they can use immediately to spice up their on-air content. The scripts are part of TAB's Creative Co-Op service and this month they feature scripts for auto dealers, computer and pest control services! (TAB Members Only)
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K&L Gates LLP
K&L Gates — formerly Hughes & Luce LLP — a TAB Gold Patron Associate Member, is a full-service law firm available to provide legal services to broadcasters and media clients in connection with a variety of legal matters including legislative and lobbying matters, state and federal tax issues, corporate and commercial business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, transaction financing, labor and employment law and employee benefits, litigation, regulatory matters and licensing, antitrust, protection of intellectual property, real estate and bankruptcy.
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TM Television
TM Television, a TAB Silver Star Associate Member, is a leading supplier of video, audio and production equipment to the broadcast, production, post-production and corporate industries. They work closely with top manufacturers including Sony, Panasonic, Telestream, Avid, Apple, AJA and Digidesign to improve workflow efficiency. Product categories include asset management, automated transcoding, camera systems, nonlinear video and audio editing and mass storage.
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DOJ clears the air on e-cigarette ads?
Scott R. Flick, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
One of the perennial challenges of being a broadcaster is determining what you can air, when you can air it and how it must be aired without incurring the wrath of the federal government. While the FCC tends to be the federal agency most commonly encountered on content issues, various other government agencies create additional layers of complexity, with the Department of Justice, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission all having an interest in what is aired, particularly where it involves advertising.
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Sinclair Broadcast Group urges FCC to grant 'flexible use waivers'
Broadcast Engineering
The new watchwords of the television broadcast industry may well be "flexible use" when it comes to how spectrum is employed in the future, especially if TV viewers and broadcasters alike are to benefit from new technology developments.
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Good news: 1 step closer to a federal shield law
CommLawBlog
We have some good news for journalists — and broadcast stations that still boast real news operations. The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the Free Flow of Information Act, S.987, by a 13-5 vote. If ultimately enacted, this bill would establish a federal "shield law" or "reporter's privilege".
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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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BYO: The new trend in media consumption
By Mitch Weinraub
What started as a trickle, seems to be turning into steady stream and may soon become a full-fledged flood. The newest Bluetooth speakers, Chromecast and the recently hinted — but not officially announced — update to Apple TV all have one thing in common, they allow multiple sources to easily connect and stream content.

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OET releases the latest version of TVStudy … again
CommLawBlog
The Office of Engineering and Technology has announced Version 1.2.8 of TVStudy. With the new version, we should all be able to “apply mechanical beam tilt only to stations having real antenna elevation patterns.

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Telemundo station KTLM sells for $8.5 million
Broadcasting & Cable
Telemundo Rio Grande Valley has acquired KTLM Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen for $8.5 million. The seller is Sunbelt Multimedia Company. KTLM is a Telemundo affiliate airing on channel 40 in DMA No. 88.
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Aereo launches in Houston
Broadcasting & Cable
Aereo's two-step into the Lone Star State got underway with the launch of its broadband TV/cloud DVR combo in Houston. According to Aereo's original launch plans for Houston, the service there has a potential reach of 5.6 million consumers.
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FTC greenlights Nielsen/Arbitron wedding
RBR.com
The $1.3 billion acquisition of radio ratings giant Arbitron by television ratings giant Nielsen has been granted regulatory approval by the Federal Trade Commission, bring the story that began Dec. 17, 2012, closer to its final chapter.
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New Panasonic AJ-PX5000G available in October
TVNewsCheck
Panasonic's newest shoulder-mount camcorder, the first-of-its-kind with native AVC-Ultra recording and built-in MICROP2 cards, is available this October. With a suggested retail of $25,000, the Panasonic AJ-PX5000G includes 720p and 1080p/i recording, full-resolution 10-bit 1080/60p recording, high-resolution AVC-proxy encodes for faster faster file exchange and control of AVC-LongG quality levels.
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