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Texas Senate, House Measures Aim for Radio, TV Franchise Tax Consistency

Legislation clarifying that Radio stations are permitted to take costs of goods sold into consideration when calculating their state franchise tax liability has been filed in the House and Senate in an effort to preserve consistency in how the tax is applied to the broadcast industry.

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Congrats to the 2023 Texas Broadcast News Award Winners & Finalists

The Texas Broadcast News Awards recognize outstanding local broadcast journalism produced by member Radio and TV stations serving local communities throughout the state and take the place of the Texas Associated Press Broadcast Awards which were discontinued.

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Award Nominations, Scholarships Due in April

Mark your calendars! Several important deadlines will hit in April.

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TBEF Scholarship Window Now Open for 2023-2024

The Texas Broadcast Education Foundation is now accepting applications for nearly $30,000 in scholarship funds.

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FCC Orders Bravo Broadcasting to Pay Delinquent Annual Regulatory Fees for KIRT-AM Mission

The FCC has initiated a proceeding to revoke the license held by Bravo Broadcasting Company, Inc., for KIRT-AM in Mission.

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The Carole Kneeland Project Celebrates 25 Years

This week TAB’s offices in Austin will once again host a gathering of television news directors from around the country taking part in one of two annual conferences of the Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism.

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Congressional Support for Local Radio Grows

Five more members of the Texas congressional delegation have signed on as co-sponsors of HConRes 13, The Local Radio Freedom Act, which opposes efforts by the recording industry to force local Radio stations to pay a new royalty to record labels.

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Texas House Breaks Bill Filing Record, Texas Senate Comes Close

In a wild finish to the 60-day, regular bill filing period of the constitutionally set 140-day Texas legislative session, Texas House lawmakers smashed their previous record of 4,836 bills filed in the 2009 regular session by filing nearly 5,300 bills by the close of business last Friday.

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Texas Broadcasters Advance Policy Concerns in Congress

TAB dispatched a 25-person delegation to Washington, DC last week to advocate for local Radio and Television broadcasters’ top policy concerns before members of Congress, meeting with all but two of the state’s 40 House and Senate offices.

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