FCC Rejects Challenge To Nevada Station Sale, FInes Trustee
April 13, 2010 at 11:55 AM (PT)
The FCC has rejected a challenge by STEVEN LEWIS to the transfer by trustee ANABELLE SAVAGE of the license of KQLO-A/SUN VALLEY, NV from UNIVERSAL BROADCASTING to JIREH MEDIA, INC. SAVAGE was appointed trustee of UNIVERSAL in a Chapter 7 proceeding, and JIREH principal RICARDO GARCIA won an auction for the license and assets. LEWIS filed to oppose the deal, acknowledging a private contractual dispute with JIREH but charging a violation of foreign ownership limits, operational violations, and character deficiencies.
While the Commission ruled that LEWIS lacked standing to bring his objection as a Petition to Deny, the FCC ruled that a premature transfer of control took place -- SAVAGE apparently turned over control of the station in an LMA and did not have her own staffers in place -- and fined SAVAGE $4,000.