FCC Renews Two Licenses Over Ex-Owner's Objection
July 16, 2007 at 11:19 AM (PT)
Former licensee FRED COTE's challenge to the license renewals of ANAHEIM BROADCASTING/INLAND EMPIRE BROADCASTING CORP. Oldies KOLA/SAN BERNARDINO and SUNSET BROADCASTING Talk KMET-A/BANNING, CA has been rejected by the FCC. COTE alleged that the stations were illegally transferred out of his control when he defaulted on a loan. The Commission ruled that COTE, who had entered the loan agreement while awaiting trial on five felony counts including murder, four counts on which he was ultimately convicted, had not provided any evidence to back up his fraud allegations.
The Commission also renewed TEXAS EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING COOPERATIVE INC.'s license for noncommercial KOOP/HORNSBY, TX, but not before issuing a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture in the amount of $15,000 for public file violations as well as for having two non-citizens serving on its board, which put the station above the 20% limit for foreign ownership.