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Dec. 12 deadline looms for Annual Public Service Survey
-TAB readies annual report for DC, Austin lawmakers

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Texas TV & Radio stations have until Friday, Dec. 12 to submit their 2014 Public Service Survey for TAB's annual report to lawmakers in Austin and DC. The 15-year research project has generated invaluable information on Texas broadcasters' service to local communities, demonstrating our industry's unique role in the media marketplace. To date, TAB has documented $4.8 billion in public service contributions by Texas stations. The data gleaned from the survey have been a powerful tool in TAB's advocacy efforts before regulators and lawmakers.
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TX House of Representatives committee approves new rules for media credentials, updates application
The Texas Tribune
Members of the press will continue to be allowed on the House floor in the upcoming legislative session, but they will now be required to affirm that they do not lobby, according to procedures adopted by the legislative panel that manages operations of the Texas House.
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Poynter: Lessons learned from KXAS-TV/Dallas Morning News investigative reporting partnership
The Poynter Institute
Dallas TV station KXAS and the Dallas Morning News teamed up to investigate complaints of harassment by hundreds of soldiers at the Army's Warrior Transition Units (WTU's) that were designed to help the injured heal. In the process of documenting the poor treatment of Army veterans these separate media outlets learned about how to work together.
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Texas AG rules against TPIA request to detail how Dept. of Homeland Security grants are being spent
San Antonio Current
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and heir to the Lone Star State's governorship, recently ruled against an open records request we filed.
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Business, real estate organization fight to keep property sales prices private
Austin Business Journal
A coalition of powerful business and real estate organizations are lining up to oppose any legislative attempt next year to require the mandatory disclosure of sales prices of Texas properties.
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TAB regional sales workshops set for San Antonio, DFW
-Weyland to help sell more local direct

TAB is heading to San Antonio and Dallas in February for two regional sales workshops.
Each day-long seminar features sales guru Paul Weyland on "How to Sell Long-Term Local Direct Business in Today's Strange New World." From prospecting to writing proposals, handling objections and closing long-term rate cards — each seminar features great ideas attendees can take back to their markets and use immediately. TAB subsidizes a majority of the members-only seminars to keep the price low — only $40/person!

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BIA/Kelsey
BIA/Kelsey, a TAB Bronze Associate Member, advises companies in the local media space through consulting and valuation services, research, Continuous Advisory Services and conferences. Since 1983 BIA/Kelsey has been a resource to the media, mobile advertising, telecommunications, Yellow Pages and electronic directory markets, as well as to government agencies, law firms and investment companies looking to understand trends and revenue drivers.
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MusicMaster Scheduling
MusicMaster, a TAB Bronze Associate Member, helps you create great music programming through advanced scheduling technology. Automatically generate music playlists that never repeat exactly the same way twice. Control flow and balance with a set of user-defined fields, attribute codes, and associated scheduling rules. Increase efficiency and productivity, giving you more time to focus on other aspects of your operation.
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Cybersecurity for Broadcasters — Upcoming NAB Webcast
-Wednesday, December 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern

Target, AT&T and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission are only a few of the major enterprises to suffer high-profile cyber-attacks in recent months. In fact, a host of radio stations in Arkansas, Virginia and elsewhere have recently suffered "ransomware" attacks that locked up their data servers and music files. Don't be next. As the primary outlet for Americans' access to news, emergency updates and live entertainment and sports, it is critical that broadcasters diligently protect their operations from digital intrusions.
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FCC ruling clarifies closed captioning requirements for Sunday morning church programming
Broadcast Law Blog
In a recent decision, the FCC staff denied the request of a church for an exemption from the rules requiring the closed captioning of most television programming, and may have helped to make clear an answer to those questions. This decision also helps to clear up a big question that has been hanging over such programs, for over three years since the FCC reversed dozens of prior waivers granted by its staff to nonprofit groups claiming that the captioning would be economically burdensome on their operations (including the waiver that had been granted to this church). So what factors did the Commission review in denying this "economically burdensome" waiver request?
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Pseudo news report from car dealership earns station $115,000 FCC fine
Broadcast Law Blog
The FCC recently released an Order and Consent Decree by which Journal Broadcasting agreed to pay a fine of $115,000 and to enter into a compliance program to settle complaints that it had not adequately identified that a program aired on its Las Vegas TV station was sponsored by a local car dealership.
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FCC admonishes WOAI-TV over "kid vid"rule violation
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
WOAI-TV San Antonio has been added to the list of NBC affiliate stations in Texas that have been admonished by the FCC for self-admitted "kid vid" rule violations that were disclosed by the station in the 2014 license renewal process. The FCC said WOAI Licensee, LLC, failed to comply with the limits on commercial matter in children's programming.
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TAB, state broadcast associations, voice concerns to US Forest Service over media "permitting"
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
TAB joined with many other State Broadcasters Associations in expressing concern that certain aspects of the U.S. Forest Service's current and proposed permitting process violate the First Amendment by imposing a "prior restraint" on the freedom of speech and freedom of the press that are guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
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Stancik signs off from KBTX-TV Bryan
KBTX-TV
Meredith Stancik recently left KBTX-TV Bryan to spend more time with her family and business. Meredith has spent 10 years at KBTX as a reporter and anchor, 4 of them co-anchoring with me. Here is a look back at what she has brought to this community.
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KTRK hires two new managers and more
McGuff Media
KTRK abc13 is filling back up its management ranks after a tumultuous few months, but the Disney/ABC Television Group is thinking a bit outside the box with its new troops.
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KCBD-TV news director Snead leaving after 20 years of service
Rick Gevers & Associates
The first full week after the Thanksgiving Holiday proves to be a VERY busy one, with lots of activity. There are THREE new news directors. There are FOUR new news director openings, leaving 26 open ND jobs, according to my list. TWO of those openings are among the FOUR paid help wanted ads in our report. We have THREE obituaries, a number of news managers on the move, and more General Manager moves than I think we've ever had. One of our sponsors, Devlin Design Group, unveils a new ad with details about one of their newest installations. And another sponsor, WeatherMetrics, has a new COO. All that and more in a very full report.
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WBAP's Scaia seriously injured in head-on collision
The Dallas Morning News
Diane Carroll, a JPS spokeswoman, said the hospital is treating an unidentified crash victim who arrived at the hospital shortly after Friday night's accident in Wise County. Carroll said the John Doe is in critical condition, but the hospital cannot confirm at this time whether he is Scaia.
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