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-Another Texan supports radio against Performance Tax
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
GOP Congressman Roger Williams, whose district stretches from Central Austin to Fort Worth's Tarrant County, is the latest Texas lawmaker to sign on as a co-sponsor of H Con Res 16, the Local Radio Freedom Act that opposes forcing a performance royalty or tax on radio broadcasters. "We're delighted to have Rep. Williams' support and appreciate his taking a stand on broadcasters' behalf — he certainly deserves a round of thanks," said TAB President Oscar Rodriguez.
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Liberman Broadcasting enters into $110,000 FCC consent decree
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
The FCC still struggles to decide how to enforce its indecency policy after it was determined by the U.S. Supreme Court to not have been sufficiently articulated so that a broadcaster can know what is prohibited and what it permitted. Attorney David Oxenford of TAB Associate member law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP has written several times about a recent FCC request for public comment on how the commission can decide which cases are so egregious that they need to be prosecuted in the future.
Grand jury investigates Irving ISD over Texas Open Meetings Act allegations
The Dallas Morning News (subscriber article)
During a bitter power struggle in the spring, four Irving ISD school board members accused their colleague Steven Jones of breaking state laws and district policies. They asked the state to investigate him. But the state declined, and then the tables turned. A grand jury is now investigating the four trustees after Jones complained that their request was illegal.
Abbott unveils proposals for privacy, ethics
The Texas Tribune
In the most detailed speech since launching his bid for governor earlier in 2013, Attorney General Greg Abbott laid out a dozen new policy proposals, touching on ethics reform, privacy rights, education, guns and Obamacare.
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Don't forget to RSVP for TAB's upcoming Executive Briefing on Thursday, November 21 at 2 p.m. Attorneys Scott and Laurie Flick of TAB's FCC legal counsel Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman will present this session focusing on regulatory issues that are currently affecting broadcast advertising and station outreach through websites and text messaging. Topic areas include:
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- EAS Tones in Ads
- COPPA Revisited
- New “Robo-Call” Rules
The Negotiator's Negotiator
- Originally published in www.radioink.com
Paul Weyland, Paul Weyland Communication Strategies
Let's watch a video today. I have learned a lot from watching YouTube videos, like how to fix my vacuum cleaner or how to repair a broken garbage disposal and recently, how to play the Stone's Brown Sugar in the correct open G tuning. But what can YouTube show us about negotiating? Most of us have seen YouTube clips from sales-oriented movies, like Boiler Room and Glengarry Glen Ross. But a while back I was pleasantly surprised to find a great link to an ABC reality television show I'd never seen called "Shark Tank." (TAB Members Only)
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Reminder: All DTV broadcasters must file form 317 by Dec. 2
Attention all DTV broadcasters. It's that time of year again. Your Form 317 is due at the FCC by Dec. 2. You get an extra day this year, but that extra day should give you plenty of time to complete and file the form — assuming, that is, that CDBS hasn't crashed under the weight of all the biennial Ownership Reports that are currently scheduled to be filed by the same deadline.
Deadline for FCC ownership report, Form 323, extended to Dec. 20
Recently, the FCC released an order extending the Dec. 2 deadline to Dec. 20 for commercial broadcast stations to file their biennial ownership reports. The extension is meant to respond to the fact that the FCC took its website offline during the October government shutdown. Because of this, broadcasters were prevented from preparing their voluminous ownership reports until the FCC reopened and the website was reactivated.
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Broadcasters, pay-TV operators see OTT as a threat
Over-the-top delivery of TV programming and movies is seen by many as the next big wave in television. Understandably, there’s one large set of incumbents in the television business that wishes not to get washed away by this tsunami.
Do you remember? Because the listener doesn't
Mark Margulies, BENMARadio
Do you remember who spoke to you for three seconds a few hours ago and what they said? Seriously. Did you pay attention? Better yet — if you're listening to the radio, do you remember the words from the middle of the song you heard about an hour ago?
How to avoid the EAS sounder fine
As widely reported, the FCC issued a $25,000 fine to a cable system for a Conan show promotional clip, and settled for $39,000 along with stringent reporting and compliance conditions with a TV station for a commercial.
Wolfson promoted to 6 and 10 anchor at KXAN-TV
Investigative reporter Shannon Wolfson will be the new KXAN evening main anchor, joining the team of Robert Hadlock, First Warning Weather's Jim Spencer and Sports Director Roger Wallace beginning Dec. 2.
The team anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts on KXAN and the 9 p.m. newscast on The CW Austin.
KRIV's Hibberd leaves for Charlottee news management post
KRIV reporter and anchor Ned Hibberd will leave the Fox-owned station to become assistant news director at WJZY-WMYT, the company's stations in Charlotte, N.C., KRIV announced.
Hibberd, a Rice University graduate who has been with Channel 26 since January 1990, will leave the station after hosting the Nov. 24 newscast. He will join the Charlotte station on Dec. 2.
Rawlings heads to KTVT/KTXA sports desk
Sports anchor/reporter Guy Rawlings will join CBS 11 and TXA 21, beginning Nov. 25.
"Guy's passion for sports is evident in everything he does," said CBS 11 and TXA 21 President and General Manager Gary Schneider. "He will be a great fit with our already strong sports team."
WFAA honors Haag
A plaque unveiled pays tribute to a man whose face you wouldn't have seen on TV, but whose influence on Channel 8 News and the television industry as a whole is undeniable. Marty Haag — WFAA's news director from 1973 to 1989 — was well known for his journalistic integrity and his unwavering quest for excellence.
Diaz leaving WFAA-TV
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Prominent WFAA-TV street reporter Monika Diaz will be ending a six-year career with the Dallas-based station after deciding not to renew her contract.
Her last day is Dec. 3, news director Carolyn Mungo confirmed.
Snell hires Harris Broadcast exec to NE US Sales
Burt Young, a former account executive with Harris Broadcast for New York City and the Northeast who was responsible for key accounts like Viacom, Showtime, HBO and Fox News, was named by Snell as the company's new sales manager for that same region.
In-depth JFK coverage being broadcast by WBAP
Add this to the list of reasons listening to radio anywhere at any time is a big plus. Running now through 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination — Nov. 22 — WBAP in Dallas is broadcasting surviving witness accounts and opinion on that American tragedy.
Univision sells KPTY Houston
Broker Kalil and Company tells Radio Ink Univision Radio is selling KPTY-FM in Winnie, Texas, to John Walton's Excel Media. It's Walton's first radio station purchase. No price was announced. Broker Sandi Bergman represented the buyer in the deal.
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