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FCC takes another step toward spectrum auction
-Floats LPTV, translator rule changes

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The FCC recently proposed several rule changes to LPTV stations and TV translators as it prepares for the voluntary incentive spectrum auction, which is expected to leave some such operations stranded. Among the proposals floated by the commission:
  • Digital transition deadline
  • Post-auction displacement filing window
  • FCC repacking software for new channels
  • FM radio on TV Channel 6
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Judge orders more than $250,000 fee award for KTRK-TV Houston in Anti-SLAPP case
-Law stems from TAB legislative effort

A Harris County judge awarded KTRK-TV Houston more than $250,000 in attorneys' fees after the station won an anti-SLAPP appeal against the plaintiff in the case, Theaola Robinson, founder of Benji's Special Education Academy, a Houston-area charter school. Attorneys Laura Prather and Catherine Robb of TAB Associate Member law firm Haynes and Boone represented KTRK-TV in the case.
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FCC rethinks wireless microphones
CommLawBlog
Having inadvertently threatened a key industry with extinction, the FCC is now trying to reactivate it. We see wireless microphones used on TV stages, live concerts and in Broadway and Las Vegas shows. TV and film studios use technically similar equipment. So do backstage personnel for intercom and cueing in all of the above productions. For decades, wireless microphones have operated successfully in locally vacant TV channels. Three recent FCC developments, though, are making those channels scarce.
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Are Amarilloans in the dark on police crime records?
Amarillo Globe-News
On most days at the Amarillo Police Department, someone sifts through a maze of reports determining what the public should know about crime in the city. After the department determines what's "newsworthy," a summary is written about those incidents and made available to the public. So, who's making the decisions on what the public should and shouldn't know about police activities and crime? When it comes to police information, it's Amarillo police officers themselves who determine what will be reported about their own activities and what information will be kept from the public eye — or at the very least — challenging to obtain.
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Pandora: We want to be the FM radio of the 'connected car'
Gigaom
If your car is capable of getting an Internet connection, then chances are it can stream Pandora. That's not just some happy coincidence for the music streaming company. Pandora has made the automotive industry a big priority, and the results of the effort are obvious.
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Governor's office to lawmakers: Texas Enterprise Fund criticism overblown
The Texas Tribune
Criticism of the Texas Enterprise Fund has been overblown in the wake of a scathing audit, and lawmakers should take care not to respond with restrictions that will hamper its flexibility, a member of Gov. Rick Perry's office told a Texas House committee recently.
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TAB fall webinar: Reading Customer Buying Languages
Sign up today for TAB's fall webinar at noon CDT, Nov. 20. You will learn tactical techniques, scripts and experience in selling to anyone anytime. You also will learn to enhance listening skills, improve sales performance, increase profitability and close more sales. The webinar will be presented by Jim Mathis and is free to all TAB members.
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Bexel TSS
Bexel Technical Sales & Solutions (formerly BVG and ProSales), a TAB Silver Star Associate Member, is the most comprehensive source for new and used broadcast video and audio equipment. Their "Bexel Gold" certified inventory of recent, one-time use equipment includes a 30-day service warranty in addition to manufacturer's warranty. Bexel TSS represents more than 200 product lines, including exclusive dealerships with top-of-the-line manufacturers.
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IHSE USA LLC
IHSE USA LLC, a TAB Associate Member, provides premium DVI and HD-KVM/Video extension and switching solutions. They offer a complete line of DVI and HDMI video extenders over CATx or fiber for "mission critical" data access as well as fiber optic HD-KVM matrix switches. The HD-KVM line of DVI matrix switches offers a full range of sizes capable of mixing both CATx and Fiber Optic connections between source and target workstations.
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On censoring political ads
CommLawBlog
There may be just a few weeks remaining in this election season, but broadcasters should be paying attention to an important aspect of the political advertising business and at the extent to which they may be able to demand changes in, or refuse to air, political ads because of its content. One key protection that covers the broadcast of certain political spots, does not cover all such spots. And, it definitely does not appear to cover any nonbroadcast distribution of the spots that are to be protected when broadcasted.
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Webcasting rate proposals are out: What is the Copyright Royalty Board considering in setting royalty rates for Internet radio?
Broadcast Law Blog
The proposals for the royalty rates to be paid by webcasters to SoundExchange for the public performance of sound recordings for 2016-2020 are now on file with the Copyright Royalty Board and they represent two differing perspectives on the state of the industry and how much Internet radio companies can and should pay to record companies and recording artists.
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Avalos and Villegas are KTVT-TV's new weekend morning team
TVNewsCheck
CBS-owned KTVT Dallas (DMA 5) named Gilma Avalos and Lisa Villegas as the on-air team for the "CBS 11 News Saturday Morning" and "CBS 11 News Sunday Morning."
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Yanez leaving KPRC-TV mornings for Los Angeles
MikeMcGuff.com
KPRC-TV's Anthony Yanez is starting a new chapter in his life. The longtime Houston morning meteorologist is becoming the noon and 5 p.m. meteorologist at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. "It's bitter sweet, all my kids were born here in Houston," Yanez told MikeMcGuff.com. "But you get this opportunity and grab it."
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KVDA-TV San Antonio adds 2 to its news staff
TVNewsCheck
NBCU's Telemundo affiliate KVDA-TV San Antonio (DMA 33) announced that Santiago Gallego has joined the station as a video journalist for Noticias 60 Telemundo at 5 and 10 p.m. Additionally, Karina Yapor was named co-anchor for the 4:30, 5 and 10 p.m. weekday newscasts starting Nov. 3.
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