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Download the App for #TAB2019

Download the official #TAB2019 app!

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TAB to Honor Five Industry Leaders at #TAB2019

Texas broadcasters will celebrate the achievements of five extraordinary industry leaders at TAB’s Annual Awards Gala.

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Inside Look:  Plotting Your Agenda to Make the Most of the TAB Show

With 37 sessions featuring nearly 50 speakers over just a day and a half to choose from, broadcasters attending the 2019 TAB Show in Austin Aug. 7-8 need to have a full understanding of the landscape of sessions available to them so they can make the most of their experience. Here’s an overview of the program offerings for sales teams and managers, with a tech-focused overview to come next week.

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FCC Gives TV Broadcasters a Potential Break on Expenses in Carriage Election Notifications

The FCC’s newly revised “kid vid” rules garnered most of the headlines from last week’s commission meeting, but TV broadcasters should take note of the FCC’s adoption of a Report and Order that will affect the next round of carriage election notices in October 2020.

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FCC Commissioner O’Rielly to Keynote TAB Breakfast

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly will join Texas broadcasters at the TAB Show Aug. 7-8 and participate in the policy keynote conversation with TAB Past Chairman Ben Downs at the Leadership Breakfast on Thursday. O’Rielly, who has pushed hard for deregulatory efforts at the FCC – especially on the outdated children’s television rules – will be the first commissioner to speak at a TAB Show in several years. The event’s timing typically conflicts with the FCC’s August meeting.

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Testing Wrinkle Could Complicate Texas’ New CBD Oil Regulations

Texas lawmakers were all smiles on June 10 when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed HB 1325, the Hemp Farming Act, by St. Rep. Tracy King, D-Uvalde, into law. The Act legalized industrial hemp farming as well as production and sale of certain types of CBD oil manufactured from hemp.

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Filing Deadline TODAY for Next National EAS Test

July 3rd is the deadline for all broadcasters to complete Form One in the 2019 EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS). This is the first step in the lead-up to the next nationwide EAS test on Aug. 7 which is distinct from previous tests in that it relies solely on the over-the-air network of FEMA-designated Primary Entry Point stations to assess how well the system can function absent Internet connectivity. Previous tests relied on the IP-based Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS).

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