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Broadcast Content Sponsored by Foreign Governments Under Scrutiny

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai last week proposed new disclosure requirements for Radio and TV broadcasters airing content sponsored or provided by foreign governments, an issue of keen interest to Texas’ U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. Pai is pushing for “strong, clear” disclosures in a standard format and asking his fellow commissioners to act quickly.

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EAS IPAWS Signing Certificates Expire Soon

Signing certificates used by FEMA to validate CAP alerts on EAS encoders/decoders will expire Oct. 28.

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News & Sales: Upcoming Important Election-Related Dates

The Nov. 3 General Election is a mere six weeks away. Broadcasters should note some important upcoming election-related dates of interest. Most of them apply to campaigns and individual voters, but the weekend before the election comes with certain obligations for stations.

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Virtual National FOI Summit Set for Sept. 24-Oct. 1

Registration is now open for the National Freedom of Information Coalition’s virtual FOI Summit.

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Texas Broadcasters’ Public Service Grows to Nearly $6 Billion

Despite the continuing expansion of the media marketplace, Texas’ local Radio and TV stations continue their dominance in strengthening the communities they serve by engaging listeners and viewers to support local schools, hospitals and charities.

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Texas Broadcast Calendar Now Available

The 2019 Texas Broadcast Calendar is now available!

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Key House Committee Advances Diversity Ownership Measure

A key Congressional committee last week approved legislation recommended by NAB creating a new diversity tax certificate program intended to grow the ranks of minority owners of Radio and TV stations.

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TAB Political Update Webinar Now Available

Last week’s online TAB review of the most competitive Texas political races is now archived for viewing.

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FCC Rejects Modernization of Regulatory Fee Structure

Despite efforts by TAB, NAB and state broadcast associations across the country, the FCC once again turned its back on modernizing its regulatory fee structure which unfairly saddles local Radio and TV broadcasters with costs that should rightfully be borne by other industries. After making minor changes to some payment policies, the FCC proceeded with the fee structure it proposed earlier this year and set the payment deadline for Sept. 25.

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The Most Competitive Political Races in Texas

There’s still time to register for this Thursday’s inaugural TAB Political Update webinar!

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Whiteaker, Former KXAN News Director and TAB Newsroom Legislative Committee Member, Passes

Bruce Whiteaker, a former news director at KXAN-TV Austin from 1995-2005, passed away Saturday in Lubbock at age 72.

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