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The Awards are Back! Call for Entries-LPTV 2023 Awards

The ATBA will be hosting the 7th Annual LPTV Awards again at NAB '23. Here is your opportunity to shine the light on your work and the excellence in the LPTV Industry. The winners will be presented at the ATBA LPTV Industry Reception and Awards on April 17, 2023 at the Westgate Resort in Las Vegas.

Entry must have been produced between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022 and aired on an LPTV Station.  Entrants MUST be current members of the ATBA for 2023. Deadline is 5pm CT March 31, 2023. Entry Fee per Entry is $25.

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Join or Renew Your Membership for 2023. Sponsorships include Membership

The ATBA is a not-for-profit trade association which provides a venue and forum for companies and individuals in the Low-Power Television and OTT industries to collaborate on furthering the permanence and growth of LPTV. Full & Low-Power Station owners/managers, network operators, service providers, vendors, and other allied associations are all welcome and encouraged to be members.

As a member, collaborate in LPTV industry working groups and attend member-only webinars and events for 2023.   Levels of membership can be found by following this link:   https://www.broadcastingalliance.org/sponsorship-and-membership/ 

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LPTV Stations Must File FCC Emergency Alert Test Reporting Forms

Low power television stations must file their annual FCC EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) forms by February 28, 2023.

Under the FCC’s rules, EAS Participants must renew their Form One filing each year.

It is a common misconception that LPTV stations are not EAS Participants. This is wrong. However, LPTV stations that operate as TV translator stations and/or rebroadcast 100 percent of the programming of a hub station (or common studio or control point) are not required to register. If you are relying on this exception, it is important to make sure that the hub station (or common studio or control point) does register and file in ETRS.

The FCC has been paying increased attention to the compliance by LPTV stations with requirements such as this one.

You can find the ETRS system here. To access Form One, you need to use your FCC Username and password. If you do not have an FCC Username, you can obtain one here. If you have forgotten the password associated with your FCC Username, you can reset it here.

To prepare an updated Form One:

  • Click on “Submit Form One” in the top menu bar.
  • Test Cycle: select “2023 ETRS Form One Filing” from the drop-down menu.
  • Complete the FCC Registration Number field.
  • EAS Participant Type: select appropriate type. The remaining fields will adapt to the selection made from this menu.
  • If a broadcaster, fill in the facility ID of the EAS Participant, hit enter. The remaining fields will pre-populate based on the information in the FCC’s records for that facility.
  • Confirm the pre-populated fields are accurate.
  • Click “Submit Form One.”

The FCC and FEMA have not announced when or whether they will conduct a nationwide EAS test for 2023 (there was no test in 2022). If there is a 2023 nationwide EAS test, then EAS Participants will need to file Form Two and Form Three.

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ABTA Announces LPTV Events at NAB Show 2023 in Vegas

The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance will host LPTV Day at the 2023 National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas on April 17, 2023. Roundtable Events are being planned for the day and a private members only reception beginning at 6pm opening to everyone at 6:30pm. “We are excited to return back at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort for the LPTV and OTT industries events during NAB Show 2023,” says Lee Miller, ATBA Executive Director. “LPTVs and OTT platforms are critical pieces to the broadcast industry, and we will continue to champion a robust advocacy for the issues that matter most to our communities.”

The day long activities during the convention will include seminars and workshops specific to LPTV and OTT issues. The ATBA also will host the annual LPTV Industry Awards and Reception at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort that Monday evening.

Miller continues, “The Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance continues to promote the protection and advancement of both low-power stations and OTT Platforms as traditional distribution platforms diminish, and with the growth of ATSC 3.0. Our primary mission will continue to work in preserving and promoting the efficient and effective use of all television broadcast spectrum, especially that of the Low Power Television classification.”

Sponsorship opportunities are now available for ATBA events at NAB at https://www.broadcastingalliance.org/sponsorship-and-membership/ . Contact Lee Miller at info@broadcastingalliance.org for more information.

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Mako Communications Closes On Sale Of Bakersfield LPTV Construction Permit

Mako Communications, a Texas limited liability company has closed on the sale of the construction permit for low-power television station K07AAJ-D Bakersfield, Calif., to Roseland Broadcasting.

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