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TAB Launching Statewide Broadcast News Awards Program

- Successor to Texas AP Awards, Entry Window Opens Jan. 3

TAB is launching a new, statewide broadcast news awards program to recognize the reporting of local journalists working at member Radio and TV stations serving Texas communities. The inaugural Texas Broadcast News Awards will be presented in Austin April 9, 2022, based on entries for work done in 2021.

The new awards take the place of the Texas Associated Press Broadcast Awards which have been discontinued. TAB salutes the AP for their longstanding commitment to advancing quality broadcast journalism.

Plans for the new awards program were first announced at the Annual Business Meeting during the TAB Show Aug. 3-4 in Austin.

The Texas Broadcast News Awards program reflects the insights and experiences of nearly a dozen Texas news directors, journalists, and contest administrators, taking the best elements of the former AP program and refining them further.

English- and Spanish-language stations are invited to submit entries for evaluation by bilingual judges in 19 categories.

Awards are grouped by market size, with one group representing the state’s four largest media markets and another group representing all other markets.

TAB is recruiting practicing and retired bilingual judges from throughout the country to assess Spanish and English entries alike.

Individuals interested in judging entries should contact TAB’s VP, Member Services Beth Bobbitt.

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“We’re very excited to take up the baton from AP and continue recognizing the outstanding journalism that Texas broadcasters are providing their local communities,” said TAB Board Chairman Mark Masepohl, Univision Media Dallas-Fort Worth.

“Local broadcast journalists in Texas are doing amazing work on every front and on every platform, and TAB wants to ensure their dedication, passion and creativity are properly recognized.

“This will be a new, annual event that will bring Texas broadcast journalists together for a well-deserved celebration of their important and often life-saving reporting.”

Questions? Contact TAB’s Oscar Rodriguez or call (512) 322-9944.

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