WGBH License Challengers Want Station To Bring Back Music
March 25, 2014 at 3:58 AM (PT)
The license renewal of WGBH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION noncommercial News-Talk WGBH-F/BOSTON is being challenged by a local group that wants the station to bring back the music programming it largely dropped in 2009.
The BOSTON GLOBE reports that a group called THE COMMITTEE FOR COMMUNITY ACCESS has filed the petition, demanding that the license be denied or that the station restore the music that the station moved to sister Classical WCRB. The FCC does not normally consider content in its license deliberations, and the challengers' co-founder JACK BERNSTEIN tells the GLOBE that "We expect to be turned down" but hopes that the petition will help persuade WGBH's board of trustees to consider bringing back the music.
In an email to the GLOBE, WGBH spokesperson JEANNE HOPKINS said, "We have had many conversations with Mr. BERNSTEIN about his personal programming preferences, and we are not surprised that he is now sharing his preferences with the FCC as well. We’ll respond to the FCC, too."