FCC Rejects Challenge To Little Rock Deal
October 1, 2008 at 10:38 AM (PT)
The FCC has rejected appeals by NAMELOC, INC. and others of the sale of KFYX/LITTLE ROCK to ABC.
The 2002 sale was delayed by a tower lease problem and ABC compelled the deal to go through by filing for summary judgement and specific performance. NAMELOC alleged that by advertising job opportunities for "RADIO DISNEY KYFX" before closing, ABC was engaging in an unauthorized transfer of control, since the call letters KYFX and slogan "FOXY 99.5" were being retained by NAMELOC. The FCC Enforcement Bureau denied the complaint.
ARKANSAS REGIONAL MINORITY SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL then filed a Petition to Deny, alleging that the sale raised issues of market concentration, loss of minority ownership and unauthorized transfer of control that should be investigated. NAMELOC and DALE CHARLES joined in, but the Commission ruled that the Enforcement Bureau letter has long been final, making the petitions late, but that the letter remains valid and correct.
Juneau Sale Upheld
In addition, the Commission rejected TLP COMMUNICATIONS' Informal objection to the sale of KINY-A and KSUP/JUNEAU, AK and six FM translators by ALASKA-JUNEAU COMMUNICATIONS to JUNEAU ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS. TLP objected on the basis that the buyer would wind up with a monopoly on the ownership of radio stations in JUNEAU and added allegations of an incorrect certification as to the operational status of two translator stations, improper broadcasts of lottery information, and emergency alert system problems.