FCC Rejects Yet Another Petition For Reconsideration By Royce Of Entercom Sacramento Deal
June 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM (PT)
Yet again, the FCC has denied another appeal 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.
In an Application for Review of the Media Bureau's dismissal of a previous Petition for Reconsideration, ROYCE again contended that the Bureau's ruling was arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to law, and that the FCC should have acted within three months rather than in 10 years; in the previous dismissal, the Commission 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. The commission also noted in the present denial that ROYCE had the opportunity to raise the "undue delay" argument earlier in the proceeding and that raising it only in the appeal is impermissible.