FCC Denies BCA Petition, Approves Emmis TV Sale
December 21, 2005 at 11:33 AM (PT)
The petition by JOHN LYNCH's BROADCAST COMPANY OF THE AMERICAS against EMMIS' sale of its TV stations in KANSAS and HAWAII has been denied by the FCC.
LYNCH, whose company operates Sports XEPRS-A (THE MIGHTY 1090)/ROSARITO-SAN DIEGO, Business XEPE-A (CASH 1700)/TECATE-SAN DIEGO, and Regional Mexican XHBCE (LA PANTERA)/ENSENADA-SAN DIEGO, argued that EMMIS and LAZER CORP. had abused Commission processes by objecting to BCA's application to provide programming across the border to XHBCE, and alleged "willful misrepresentation, lack of candor and abuse of the Commission’s process" by EMMIS. BCA's claims were previously filed in a petition against other EMMIS sales, and were previously dismissed in that case; the Commission ruled in the present cases that BCA had not raised any new issues of fact.
The Commission also approved the continuation of operation of some of the stations being sold by EMMIS to SJL as satellites of other stations.