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Proposal Would Eliminate Main Studio Rule.


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Fewer offices with fewer employees could be the net result of a proposal circulating inside the Federal Communications Commission. The agency has been considering whether to ease radio’s Main Studio Rule ever since the AM revitalization proceeding began two years ago. Now a law firm that works with several media companies has formally petitioned the Commission to repeal the regulation for all radio and television stations.

Garvey Schubert Barer’s (GSB) Media, Telecom and Technology Group says doing away with the Main Studio Rule won’t reduce broadcasters’ “bedrock obligation” to serve the local community. “Instead, it is meant to recognize the technological and economic realities of today’s broadcast marketplace—that stations can serve their communities while realizing substantial and necessary cost savings by maintaining fewer offices and smaller staff,” the firm writes in its petition.

It goes on to say that most Americans reach out to local stations by telephone, email, social media or mail, making the need for a local office for someone to walk in the door to raise their concerns or ask questions a relic of the past. And with the FCC moving radio and TV station public inspection files to a centralized FCC-hosted online database, GSB says it only further undermines any rationale for maintaining a physical main studio location. In January the FCC removed one of the last vestiges of the paper trail when it voted to eliminate the 44-year-old requirement mandating commercial broadcasters to keep hard copies of emails and letters sent to the station in their public inspection file. “The Commission has eliminated most, if not all, of the other primary justifications for the Main Studio Rule,” GSB says.

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Hacker sets off all 156 emergency sirens in Dallas


Dallas city officials said Saturday that a hacker is to blame for setting off all the city's 156 emergency outdoor sirens, which wailed for an hour and half overnight.

Rocky Vaz, director of the city's Office of Emergency Management, said engineers determined an unidentified hacker somewhere in the Dallas area was responsible, but has not been tracked down.

The hacker tricked the system to send repeat signals activating each siren 60 times during the night, Vaz said. The sirens started sounding at 11:42 p.m. Friday and continued until 1:17 a.m. Saturday.

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