FCC Rejects Another Petition For Reconsideration By Royce Of Entercom Sacramento Deal
January 19, 2016 at 11:34 AM (PT)
Once again, the FCC, this time the Media Bureau, has denied another Petition for Reconsideration by ED STOLZ's ROYCE INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING CO. of the approval of the 2003 sale of KWOD (now Hot AC KUDL)/SACRAMENTO by ROYCE to ENTERCOM after ROYCE attempted to rescind the deal. ROYCE contended that a change in ownership limits meant that the sale should have been considered under the new rules, but the Commission noted that grandfathering rules applied.
In the current ruling, adopted and released TODAY (1/19), the Commission said that ROYCE's argument that the Communications Act mandates that the Commission rule on petitions for reconsideration within three months is incorrect and that the time period is merely a "non-mandatory" "objective"; it also rejected the application of KIDD v. FCC, a case ruled upon by a federal court after the pleading cycle in the present case, saying that ROYCE "badly mischaracterizes" the state court order challenged in KIDD.