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Another delay for FCC's spectrum auction
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
As Congress anticipated, the FCC will need more time to prepare for the voluntary incentive spectrum auction that already has been delayed once. The auction, planned for mid-2015, has been pushed back to early 2016, according to a blog post by the FCC staff directing the project.
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Bobby Bones' false EAS activation draws scrutiny
Radio Ink
Radio Ink recently reported how EAS tones traced back to the syndicated Bobby Bones show on Oct. 24 triggered the Emergency Alert System in several states. Premiere Radio Networks, which syndicates Bones, released this statement on Oct. 27: "The tone should not have aired. We are cooperating fully with the authorities and are taking aggressive action to investigate this incident and prevent it from recurring. We deeply regret the error."
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DMN sues Dallas DA Watkins over nonrelease of records
The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas Morning News sued Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins in an attempt to obtain documents about how Watkins has spent public money. The newspaper asked a state district judge to order Watkins to turn over public documents after the district attorney refused to release them in the time frame outlined by state law, according to the lawsuit.
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Media, watchdog groups push Obama on Cornyn's FOIA legislation
The Hill
A coalition of 50 groups urging more government transparency called on President Barack Obama to publicly support legislation that would reform the Freedom of Information Act process. The conglomerate — including government watchdogs, civil liberties groups and media advocacy groups — wants a commitment that a number of reforms will remain in place after the president leaves office.
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State of Texas fights release of workers compensation race records
The Texas Tribune
The Texas Department of Insurance is fighting The Texas Tribune's request for records that could shed light on why it has failed to collect racial data on injured workers, despite a 1993 law that requires it. On behalf of its Division of Workers' Compensation, the department is citing numerous exemptions to state transparency laws and has asked Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, to keep the documents secret.
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City of Port Arthur refuses to release names of city manager candidates
The Port Arthur News
In a move that Freedom of Information attorneys are calling "an obvious delay tactic," or worse yet, "a possible criminal act," Port Arthur city officials are refusing to supply the names of candidates applying for the city manager job. On Oct. 8, The News submitted an open records request under the Texas Public Information Act for the names and resumes of all applicants applying for the Port Arthur city manager job, as well as photos of the seven semifinalists.
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More big thinking from small markets
Radio Ink
There is no question now that broadcast radio and television stations are losing revenue share to search engines, like Google. Local direct decision-makers are taking dollars previously spent in broadcast and plowing them into search-engine marketing companies.
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Pebble Beach Systems
Pebble Beach Systems, a TAB Associate Member, is a leading developer and supplier of automation, channel in a box and content management solutions for TV broadcasters, cable and satellite operators. Their products are flexible, reliable and scalable and ideal for news and sports or classic entertainment channels.
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Triveni Digital Inc.
Triveni Digital, a TAB Associate Member, develops systems that enable television service providers and broadcasters to deploy enhanced programs and services to their viewers. Triveni Digital's products for program guide and metadata management, data broadcasting and video quality assurance are renowned for their ease of use and innovative features.
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FCC enforcement: Texas station hit with BAS fine, kidvid rule trumps foreign language
CommLawCenter
Pillsbury's communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month's issue includes:
  • $86,400 fine for unlicensed and unauthorized BAS operations.
  • Missing "E/I" graphic for children's television programs results in fine.
  • Multiple rule violations lead to $16,000 in fines.

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    Activists file another FCC complaint about the true sponsor of a PAC political ad
    Broadcast Law Blog
    Recently, the FCC denied complaints alleging that Washington, D.C., TV stations had not adequately identified the true sponsor of political ads sponsored by a political action committee. When that decision came down — denied on procedural grounds by the Commission — we warned that it opened the door to more complaints in the current election cycle. Sure enough, a new complaint has been filed against one of the same stations, contending that in the current election cycle, it should have gone beyond the sponsorship identification of the PAC itself as the sponsor of the ad and, instead, identified the sponsor as the individual who contributed the majority of the PAC's funding.
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    TV Music Licensing Committee settles antitrust action against SESAC — is radio next?
    Broadcast Law Blog
    SESAC is the one major performing rights organization whose rates have not, until now, been subject to judicial review as part of an antitrust consent decree. Perhaps because of that fact, broadcast stations have often complained about the rates they charge for the music that they license, as there is currently no cap on what SESAC can charge and there is no requirement that SESAC treat all similar licensees in the same way.
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    Jaan McCoy, former KAAM-AM DJ, dies at 60
    DFW.com
    The DFW radio world was rocked recently by news of the passing of Jaan McCoy, who had spent more than 20 years on the air — through two frequency changes — at nostalgia station KAAM-AM and more than 30 in Dallas radio.
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    French joins KAGS-TV as chief meteorologist
    KAGS-TV
    KAGS-HD News, the NBC affiliate in the Brazos Valley, is proud to announce that Bob French is joining its team as chief meteorologist. French brings more than 30 years of experience forecasting the weather for the Brazos Valley and Southeast Texas combined. He has spent more than 20 years covering the Brazos Valley.
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    Plushnick joins KVUE-TV as weekend meteorologist
    Austin360
    The KVUE-TV weather team is once again fully staffed. The station has hired Jared Plushnick to handle weekend morning weathercasts, according to executive news director Frank Volpicella.
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    Stancik steps down from KBTX-TV anchor desk
    KBTX-TV
    After a decade with KBTX-TV, Meredith Stancik is stepping down from the anchor desk to spend more time with her growing family. She joined the station in November 2004, first serving as a reporter, then anchoring newscasts in multiple time slots.
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    Congrats to the Lone Star Emmy winners
    The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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