Connoisseur Tries Again To Get FCC To Compel CCM+E/Aloha Trust To Divest Stations
March 7, 2013 at 3:56 PM (PT)
Having been rebuffed by the FCC on the issue when raised in the sale of Talk WOR-A/NEW YORK by BUCKLEY RADIO to CLEAR CHANNEL, CONNOISSEUR MEDIA is taking its case against allowing CLEAR CHANNEL's ALOHA MEDIA TRUST to hang onto its stations back to the Commission. In a letter dated FEBRUARY 28th from CONNOISSEUR attorney DAVID D. BURNS of LATHAM AND WATKINS, CONNOISSEUR says that the Commission has not addressed its allegations about the ALOHA TRUST refusing to sell to qualified would-be buyers outside of the WOR case.
"The questions remain: How long will CLEAR CHANNEL and AST be allowed to disregard the clearly stated policy of the Commission by continuing to hold the Trust Stations," asks BURNS, "and how long will the Commission permit CLEAR CHANNEL to participate in the operation of the Trust Stations in violation of the Trust Agreement approved by the Commission when it granted its consent to the transfer of control of CLEAR CHANNEL in 2008?"
CONNOISSEUR is asking the FCC to require the trust to divest itself of the stations, and alleges that CLEAR CHANNEL is impermissibly delaying the sale of the stations and operating the stations in violation of the trust agreement. One example BURNS notes is a program offering by CLEAR CHANNEL to small businesses on LONG ISLAND (the "Small Business Hurricane Support Program") that includes time on Trust-licensed AC WALK-F/PATCHOGUE, the website of which CONNOISSEUR also cites as evidence that CLEAR CHANNEL remains in control of the station.