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Broadcast News STEERING COMMITTEE ASSESSES BROADCAST LANDSCAPE O n June 9, the SAG-AFTRA Broadcast Steering Committee, a national union committee of peer-selected SAG-AFTRA radio and television professionals, met at the New York office. During the meeting, the committee discussed recent issues and concerns regarding journalistic integrity, including the importance of a free and unencumbered press. The committee discussed ways to involve and engage broadcast members, allies and employers on these issues. Committee members examined the issues that arise from technology that can digitally reproduce the images of media professionals and potentially undermine their credibility and integrity (see page 28). They also looked at the benefits and perils of a social media presence for broadcasters. In addition, the committee received a legislative update from the SAG-AFTRA Government Affairs and Public Policy department on issues the organization is working on that impact both performer members and broadcasters. Topics discussed included a national overview of non-compete agreements, a proposed shield law to prevent reporters from being legally compelled to reveal their sources and a Supreme Court decision that will negatively impact public-sector unions and the collection of fair-share fees (see page 18). From left, SAG-AFTRA Executive Vice President and New York Local President Rebecca Damon, broadcasters Andrew Zimmerman of KCTV-TV and Joy Benedict of KCBS-TV, and Secretary-Treasurer and Los Angeles Local President Jane Austin at the BSC meeting on June 9. Members show their support of the SBS broadcasters at L.A. radio stations La Raza and MEGA.

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