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FCC tees up rule changes for contest rules, radio's political file
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Radio stations and Pay-TV services could have to start posting their political files on the FCC's website as TV stations now do under a proposed rulemaking circulating the FCC courtesy Chairman Tom Wheeler. Election transparency advocates petitioned the FCC earlier this year to expand the online political file rule to cable and satellite companies, while Wheeler proposed adding radio stations to the expanded rule.
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Austin man acquitted in 'photographing police' case
Austin American-Statesman
A jury has found Antonio Buehler not guilty of failing to comply with the order of an officer on New Year's Day 2012. The verdict came after more than five hours of deliberations.
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FBI faked AP story to catch suspect
The Associated Press via TVNewsCheck
The FBI confirmed it faked an Associated Press story to catch a bomb threat suspect in 2007, but now says it did not spoof a Seattle Times Web page as part of the investigation.
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US approved Ferguson no-fly area to block media
USA Today
In August, after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the Federal Aviation Administration agreed to a police request to ban air traffic in more than 37 square miles of airspace surrounding the town for 12 days, even though police privately acknowledged the purpose was to keep away news helicopters during violent street protests, according to recorded conversations obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act.
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Stations asked to document public service contributions
-TAB annual survey key to legislative efforts

Broadcasters' unique role in bettering their communities is highlighted by TAB's Annual Public Service Research Survey, which over the past 15 years, has documented more than $4.8 billion in contributions toward the well-being of Texans throughout the state. TAB's 2014 survey is being distributed this week and for the first time can be completed electronically. For a copy, contact TAB's Craig Bean.
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TAB distributes new Water Conservation NCSA campaign
Texas continues in a drought. The Texas Water Development Board is again using the TAB NCSA program to encourage Texans to conserve this vital resource. As more people move to Texas the demand on our water resources increases, not just for personal use, but to grow food and provide water for industry. Click here to download the announcements and forms to air this important NCSA campaign.
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ENCO Systems
ENCO, a TAB Associate Member, is the premier global provider of audio playout and automation solutions. The world renowned and award winning DAD is the most flexible, powerful and reliable radio automation system on the planet. DADtv is the most advanced instant audio playout and management system for live and production television. enCaption3 is the latest generation real-time automated captioning system.
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Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design, a TAB Associate Member, creates the world's highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries.
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SESAC class action settlement legal notice
U.S. District Court for the Southern district of New York
A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit involving licenses for music performance rights between full-power commercial television stations and SESAC. In the lawsuit, three television station groups claim that SESAC has used anti-competitive licensing practices to monopolize the market for performance rights to the musical works in the SESAC repertory. They also claim that SESAC and its top affiliated composers and music publishers conspired to prevent competition by agreeing to license their musical works to stations through SESAC only.
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November FCC regulatory dates for broadcasters
Broadcast Law Blog
The month of November is one of those rare months on the FCC calendar when there are few routine regulatory filing deadlines for broadcasters. In odd years, we would have Biennial Ownership Reports but, being an even year, we can wait until 2015 for that obligation for commercial broadcasters. There is a new Nov. 28 deadline for TV stations with Joint Sales Agreements with other stations in their markets to file such agreements with the FCC. While we are getting to the end of the current license renewal cycle, there are still some obligations of television stations for the airing of renewal pre- or post-filing announcements.
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Zombie Aereo?
CommLawBlog
Given up for dead by many, our old pal Aereo has managed to sidestep the Grim Reaper yet again. Rule No. 2 in Zombieland: Always double tap. But just barely, and its future prospects are not good.
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The future of LPTV/TV translator service taking shape?
CommLawBlog
Of all television operators, LPTV and TV translator licensees have faced the greatest uncertainties as the anticipated repacking of the TV band has begun to loom. That's because the FCC's repacking plans thus far have disregarded LPTVs and translators. As a result, LPTV/translator licensees don't whether their stations will continue to exist post-repack: the repacking process will squeeze full-power and Class A stations into considerably less spectrum than they currently occupy, leaving precious little extra space for LPTVs/translators.
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FCC Media Bureau announces staff changes
Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission's Media Bureau announced the addition of three individuals to its front office staff and one recent promotion. Kalpak Gude has joined as an associate bureau chief, Julissa Marenco as an assistant bureau chief and Susan Singer as chief economist. Holly Saurer was promoted to associate bureau chief.
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Rasta joins KPRC Houston as reporter
MikeMcGuff.com
Recent KTSM News Channel 9 El Paso weekend anchor Anoushah Rasta starts as a reporter at KPRC, news director Rhonda Errer LaVelle confirmed.
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Coffin joins KVUE's morning newscasts
Austin360.com
Early risers have likely noticed a new face on KVUE's top-rated "Daybreak" and "Midday" newscasts. Recent arrival Cori Coffin has been anchoring the ABC affiliate's 5 a.m., 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. news broadcasts on a temporary basis alongside Bryan Mays and meteorologist Albert Ramon.
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Plushnick joins KVUE as new weekend morning meteorologist
Austin360.com
The KVUE 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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Cerullos joins Alpha in San Antonio
Radio Ink
Pat Cerullo has been named the new program director of San Antonio's 94.1 KTFM and 102.7 JACKFM. Cerullo joins Alpha Media after stops with Beasley Philadelphia, CBS Radio Detroit and IHeart Media in Washington, D.C.
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Brian Burdick joins WideOrbit
Radio Ink
Burdick is brought in as the new executive vice president of digital and programmatic for WideOrbit. Burdick will oversee all sales, business development, operations and product direction for WideOrbit's digital and programmatic business globally.
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