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New Performance Tax measure just as dangerous as old one
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
While the Performance Tax legislation filed recently is different from the version advanced a few years ago, it would achieve the same goal — cripple local radio stations and deprive listeners of their favorite and most reliable source of discovering new music. Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., filed HR 3219, titled "The Free Market Royalty Act," at the behest of the RIAA even as record labels big and small enter into privately negotiated agreements with some station groups that cover streaming and on-air play alike. (TAB Members Only)
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TAB political broadcasting webinar/seminar set for Dec. 5
In preparation for the 2014 Texas political year, TAB has arranged a Dec. 5 webinar/seminar featuring Bobby Baker, the FCC's chief of political broadcasting, and attorney David Oxenford of TAB Associate member law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, to review the FCC's political broadcast regulations. Baker and Oxenford will review the FCC's political broadcast regulations affecting candidate on-air appearances, candidate political advertising and third party political advertising. (TAB Members Only)
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Maximizing website buzz
Graeme Newell, 602 Communications
Keeping users coming back for fresh Web content requires a delicate balance. Comments have a big effect on traffic. If a story gets negative comments, should you leave it up and let people bitch or rotate it out for fresher content? New research from HP reveals some unexpected trends. The surprise is that online discussion produces markedly different results than traditional face-to-face discussion. (TAB Members Only)
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AccuWeather Inc.
AccuWeather, a TAB Associate Member, is one of the world's premier providers of weather content and solutions for broadcasters. From AccuWeather, comes the StoryTeller, Interactive Touchscreen System and App Suite. Created with the latest in multitouch hardware and powered by a powerful suite of customizable apps, StoryTeller allows newsrooms to easily create and deliver customizable, interactive content to broadcast audiences.
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Grass Valley
Grass Valley, a TAB Gold Patron Associate Member, is changing the way live television is made and delivered with an extensive portfolio that offers a complete end-to-end workflow of flexible, future-proofed solutions enabling broadcasters and content owners to build multiscreen, multiplatform futures. By simplifying and enhancing the way content is produced and distributed, Grass Valley customers are more creative in the studio, the field and the newsroom.
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The FCC is shut down, what's a broadcaster to do?
Broadcast Law Blog
The federal government shutdown that was speculated about recently has now come to pass, and the clearest evidence is that, when you go to the FCC website, you are greeted by a special message essentially saying that the website is not available until after the shutdown ends. So, as we speculated, broadcast applicants can't even begin to prepare applications for filing when the government reopens, as the Commission's CDBS database — as well as their other systems for filing electronic applications — is not available.
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The federal government shutdown: A lesson for Congress on retransmission negotiations?
CommLawCenter
The irony. The sheer irony. Just recently, Congress was holding hearings in which the challenges of concluding retransmission negotiations without the occasional service disruption featured prominently. Representative Eshoo's draft legislation targeting such disruptions had just been released and there was little doubt that some members of Congress felt that CBS and Time Warner Cable had not worked hard enough at preventing a disruption of CBS programming on TWC cable systems, or worse, had been indifferent to the impact on cable viewers.
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FCC seeks comment on EAS national test issues
CommLawBlog
Cast your minds back to Nov. 9, 2011. That's when, with much hullaballoo, the Commission and FEMA conducted the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, the point of which was to determine whether the system would operate as designed if it were activated in a real emergency. While the test went off reasonably smoothly, some glitches apparently did surface, and now, two years down the road, the FCC is looking to fix them.
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Texas breaks new ground in defamation turned court records case
Sedgwick LLP
Beware the law of unintended consequences. The Texas high court has just denied review of a court of appeals opinion in a case that began as a defamation action brought by a Texas state court judge against a Dallas-area lawyer. At issue in the appeal, however, was the holding that the transcripts of the judge's deposition and two witness statements in that defamation case are "court records" as defined in Texas Rule 76a to include "discovery not filed of record having a probable adverse effect on the administration of office and the operation of government."
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State lawmaker must release documents
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office has ruled that state Rep. Stephanie Klick must release documents dealing with the American Legislative Exchange Council. Klick, R-Fort Worth, had asked the attorney general's office earlier this year to rule on whether she had to release the ALEC-related records requested by the Center for Media and Democracy, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit.
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New Performance Tax measure just as dangerous as old one
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
While the Performance Tax legislation filed last week is different from the version advanced a few years ago, it would achieve the same goal – cripple local radio stations and deprive listeners of their favorite and most reliable source of discovering new music.

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FCC stays the course on digital transition for LPTV/Class A stations
CommLawBlog
The FCC has nixed requests submitted by a number of LPTV and Class A stations looking for relief from spectrum-clearing measures put in place two years ago.

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Sales: How to bring rates back up
Paul Weyland, Weyland Communication Strategies
Cheap rate packages are keeping broadcast stations from reaching their short- and long-term revenue potentials. In markets all across the country, rate structures are cratering, with prices dropping in some cases back to early-1980s levels.

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KXAS-TV opens state-of-the-art building
TVNewsCheck
The NBC-owned Dallas facility also houses Telemundo affiliate KXTX and 12 other NBC Universal businesses for the Dallas-Fort Worth market. There three high-definition control rooms operating four production studios, which are supported by a 4,000 square foot data center containing nearly half a petabyte of online media storage.
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Leadership changes at KWTX, KBTX-TV
TVSpy
KWTX general manager Robert Bunch has announced he will retire from Gray Television's CBS affiliate in Waco, Texas, at the end of the year. He has worked in radio and television broadcasting for 45 years, including the past 10 at Gray.
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