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BEA Awards Deadline on February 12, 2016 at Noon

2015 Broadcast Excellence Awards

This year is off to a speedy start and we want to remind you that the Broadcast Excellence Awards deadline has changed for this year, allowing your station an additional month to prepare your entries!!!

This year’s BEA deadline is on Friday, February 12 at 12 P.M. (noon).

Please refer to the website HERE for all of your BEA information. If you have any questions regarding the Broadcast Excellence Awards, please contact Alisha Clack at awards@michmab.com or via phone at (517) 484-7444.

NAB Disputes CCA’s Repack, Relocation Fund Facts

According to a report in Radio Business Report (RBR), the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) told the FCC that the 39-month timeline to repack television stations into their new channels and the $1.75 billion to compensate broadcasters for the move is enough time and money. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) says that neither is true.

It is unclear how many television stations will take part in the auction – that is why the NAB is urging the commission to wait until after the auction to establish a repacking schedule. “Broadcasters should not be forced off the air if they are unable to make the transition to their new channels due to factors outside their control,” wrote NAB General Counsel and EVP Rick Kaplan in an ex parte notice filed with the FCC.

The NAB commissioned a technical study looking at the resources, costs and timeline for a nationwide repack. The study found that it could cost “substantially” more than the $1.75 billion set aside in relocation funds and take longer than the 39-months deadline.

GOP report slams FCC on open records

According to the GOP-led report released last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) might be deliberately withholding public records. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report concluded that the FCC’s is either incompetent or intentionally misused redactions under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to withhold internal communication about its internet regulations.

“The agency either misunderstands how to use redactions, raising concerns of competency, or the agency intentionally misuses redactions, raising concerns of integrity,” according to the report. “Given the numerous examples in which the FCC improperly redacts information, this may be a deliberate tactic to withhold information from the public.”

The report concluded that the open records process is broken within the broader federal government. About a quarter of the report was dedicated to side-by-side comparisons of FCC documents, which were redacted when sent to journalists but provided in full to the committee.

Bill Would Make Manipulating Data a Felony

State employees who are caught manipulating data could be convicted of a felony under legislation state representative Phil Phelps (D-49) plans to introduce. The legislation is aimed at preventing government corruption by making it a felony for any state employee to knowingly manipulate data that would change the outcome of an official report. The felony would be punishable by up to five years in prison.

“As we began to comb through all of the facts surrounding Flint’s water crisis it was frightening to learn that there were very few laws on our books that protect the public from potential government abuse such as data manipulation,” Phelps said in a statement. Lawmaker stated that he plans to introduce the bill at the end of January after the House of Representatives resumes session.

New TV20 Station Host and On-Air Personality

Jessica LundyWMYD-TV (Detroit) held an open casting call in December for a new station host and on-air personality, and selected Jessica Lundy as their best candidate to represent TV20 in Detroit.

“Jessica’s personality and confidence jumped off the screen during all the auditions,” said General Manager, Mike Murri. “She brings the positive attitude we’re looking for to represent TV20 on all our platforms. We’re so excited that Jessica is part of the team.” Jessica began her new hosting role on January 11, 2016.