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KPRC-TV story prompts strong lawmaker Texas Public Information Act response
State lawmakers are now demanding more answers following a KPRC-TV investigation into the level of force Rice University police officers used to arrest a bike thief.
The television station obtained police dash cam video showing Ivan Waller being hit several times with a baton by two Rice University police officers. The incident happened while Waller was being arrested for stealing a "bait bike" from campus.
Dewhurst wants transparency? Well, just do it
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is taking full advantage of one of the perks of being an incumbent: He can draw attention to himself — and thus away from his very strong opponents in his re-election campaign — by engaging in high-profile official acts.
He's been doing that lately with one of his routine duties as the Senate's presiding officer: charging committees to study various topics in preparation for the 2015 legislative session.
So far, he's listed topics on the state economy, public safety, border security and, recently, protecting privacy and increasing government transparency.
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Mark Margulies, BENMARadio
Imagine flying an airline that proudly proclaims, "Our flight attendants will also fly the plane. It helps keep our costs down." How about a restaurant that says, "Our waiters also cook the meals here. It's part of their job and helps us cut costs." Yet, the very same people who would say "Pass-a-dena" to either of the above mentioned options, are more than happy to sit down at budget time and cut creative personnel who write and produce radio spots. (TAB Members Only)
TAB political broadcasting webinar now available online
Last week's TAB Executive Briefing Webinar, FCC Political Broadcasting, featuring David Oxenford of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, is now available in TAB's Vimeo online video archive. The two hour-long webinar features Oxenford reviewing the FCC's regulations concerning political candidate on-air appearances, including the news exceptions to the political broadcast rules, candidate and third party political advertising and much more. (TAB Members Only)
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Texas TV stations take note: FCC detective work leads to renewal fines
If there had been any doubt that the Video Division of the FCC's Media Bureau would check a television station's online public inspection file to confirm the truthfulness of certifications made by the licensee in a pending license renewal application, that doubt has been eliminated.
Incentive Auction Update: Projected auction date moved into 2015
Despite the FCC's repeated insistence that it's been on track to complete all the necessary prep work to conduct the Incentive Auction sometime in 2014, Chairman Wheeler has now taken the opportunity — in a blog posted on the FCC's website — to throttle back that ambitious schedule. While Wheeler is less than specific about the likely timing of the auction, he now is expressing the belief that it can be held "in the middle of 2015."
2 FCC EEO violation fines of $20,000 demonstrate the importance of notifications of job openings to community groups
Broadcast Law Blog
In two decisions released recently, the FCC proposed to fine two broadcast groups $20,000 each for EEO violations. In recent years, when the FCC releases fines for broadcast EEO violations, they seem to be trying to emphasize a point as to some aspect of the EEO rules by releasing multiple decisions at the same time and all having the same theme. In the recent cases, the point that was common to both fines was that the broadcaster had not regularly sent information openings about job openings to community organizations that asked to be notified about such openings.
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Broadcasters mourn loss of Bill Bradford
Pioneer Texas Broadcaster Bill Bradford, owner/manager of KSST Sulphur Springs, passed away Dec. 9. He was 93.
Bradford joined KSST in 1948, one year after the station went on the air.
Earlier this year, the Sulpher Springs city, county, hospital and school districts celebrated "Bill Bradford Appreciation Week."
Taylor was lifeline for community
Broadcasters that really love this business hope they have an opportunity like Jason Taylor had recently. And when that rare moment arrives, the great ones, like Jason Taylor, thrive. As ice storms barreled through North Texas and Southern Oklahoma paralyzing the Sherman-Denison area, NextMedia Operations Manager Jason Taylor made plans to hunker down in the studio. In addition to doing his regular morning show shift on KMKT-FM Katy Country, all through the chilling weekend Taylor was a lifeline to the community as well as the thousands of truckers and travelers trying to make their way up and down U.S. 75 between Texas and Oklahoma.
Bruce Logan joins CBS Radio Houston
CBS Radio Houston has hired Bruce Logan as VP/Programming and OM. Beginning Dec. 10, Logan will work with the cluster's six stations that include Hot AC KHMX, Sports KIKK-A, Country KILT, Sports KILT-A, Top 40 KKHH and Spanish Contemporary KLOL.
Morning anchor Loriana Hernandez leaving KTBC-TV
Loriana Hernandez, a fixture at KTBC-TV for the past seven years, will leave the station Jan. 3, she announced recently. Hernandez, who currently co-anchors "Good Day Austin," said she plans to relocate to Washington, D.C., where her husband, Cesar Aldama, lives.
Harris Broadcast deals for Imagine Communications
Harris Broadcast announced it has inked a deal to acquire Imagine Communications, a vendor that specializes in digital video gear for linear video as well as adaptive bit rate systems tailored for over-the-top video, IPTV and cloud DVRs services and authenticated TV Everywhere applications.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but Harris Broadcast expects to complete the deal in January.
Former KVUE-TV president dies after leukemia battle
A former president and general manager of KVUE-TV, Joe Jerkins, died Dec. 3 after a long battle with leukemia.
Jerkins was a pioneer in broadcasting. He led KVUE-TV from 1979 to 1989 and served as president of the Texas Association of Broadcasters in 1991.
Belilty named KUVN-TV news director
Sam Belilty is leaving San Antonio to take over the news director position at KUVN-TV Univision 23's O&O in Dallas. He'll start the new job after New Year's Day. For the past six and a half years, Belilty has been news director of KWEX-TV, Univision 41.
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