Groups Ask FCC To Reconsider Tribune Waivers
January 3, 2008 at 6:46 AM (PT)
In a move aimed at setting up a court challenge, the UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST and the MEDIA ALLIANCE have filed a petition asking the FCC to reconsider its grant of crossownership waivers to allow the TRIBUNE CO. deal to proceed. The petition also specifically appeals the renewal of the license of TRIBUNE's CW affiliate KTLA (TV)/LOS ANGELES.
The groups claim tha the FCC improperly denied them standing to challenge the license transfers. In addition, they are challenging the grant of a permanent waiver for TRIBUNE to own the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Talk WGN-A/CHICAGO, and CW affiliate WGN-TV/CHICAGO. The petition sets up the ability for the groups to appeal the expected denial to court.