Florida Pubcasters Sue Agency Over Unpaid Underwriting Spots
March 22, 2016 at 4:47 AM (PT)
A lawsuit by FPBS: THE ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC MEDIA IN FLORIDA alleges that PCH COMMUNICATIONS, the ATLANTA agency, owes its member TV and radio stations $508,237.96 for unpaid underwriting for FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT arranged by PCH subsidiary COMMONGROUND/MGS.
CURRENT.ORG reports that COMMONGROUND/MGS, which was folded in DECEMBER, failed to pay for the spots aired in APRIL-OCTOBER 2015 on stations including WMFE/ORLANDO, WSMR/SARASOTA, WPBI/WEST PALM BEACH, and WQCS/FORT PIERCE. PCH itself appeared to have gone under in DECEMBER and the suit alleges that PCH principals have established a new agency with the same underwriting specialty as the former company.
The suit against PCH and principals LAWRENCE GILDERSLEVE, DAVID PANTON, SHERMAN WRIGHT, AHMAD ISLAM, and JASON LAJOIE was filed FEBRUARY 24th in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of FLORIDA, TAMPA Division.