FCC Rejects Challenge To Mississippi Sale
February 27, 2007 at 11:05 AM (PT)
The FCC rejects a challenge by SOUTHWEST PUBLISHERS to the sale of Country WBKN (B-92)/BROOKHAVEN, MS and AC WMJU (MAGIC 104.3)/BUDE, MS from OLE BROOK BROADCASTING to C. WAYNE DOWDY's BROOKHAVEN BROADCASTING. SOUTHWEST, the publishers of BROOKHAVEN's DAILY LEADER, objected to the sale on the grounds that the buyer omitted mention of another station it owns from the application, and claimed that the sale would result in impermissible media ownership concentration. While BROOKHAVEN admitted to the omission, the Commission ruled that the deal still meets the FCC's permissible ownership limits and granted the sale.
And after a brief respite, the Commission returned to proposing fines for failure to timely file license renewal applications, issuing Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for $1,500 to BARNESVILLE BROADCASTING INC. (WBAF-A/BARNESVILLE, GA) and $7,000 to PIEDMONT RADIO CO. (WPID-A/PIEDMONT, AL), THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA (WUOG/ATHENS, GA), STOCKS BROADCASTING INC. (WFHK-A/PELL CITY, AL), RADIO STATION WSNT INC. (WSNT-A/SANDERSVILLE, GA), and POWERHOUSE OF DELIVERANCE CHURCH INC. (WGML-A/HINESVILLE, GA).