Venture Defends Channel 6 LPTVs-As-FMs In FCC Filing
January 19, 2011 at 4:50 AM (PT)
The reply comments of VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC filed TUESDAY (1/18) in the FCC's digital low-power television docket took aim at NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO's DECEMBER comments against the operation of analog LPTVs on channel 6 that allows the stations to serve as de facto FM radio stations.
VENTURE, which owns LPTVs that have been leased for use as radio operations, called NPR's claims that the use of channel 6 for audio purposes violates FCC rules and causes harmful interference, and that some LPTVs are violating the rules by broadcasting audio without a visual signal, are "false." VENTURE wrote that it has "never received a single valid complaint from the public" over its operations and alleging that NPR has failed to provide evidence to support its interference claims and assertion that some LPTVs are without visual signals.
"Absent verifiable interference to NCE FM stations," wrote VENTURE, "LPTV broadcasters' programming and technical decisions are, quite simply, none of NPR's business. The institutional elitism of NPR must end." VENTURE noted that its Smooth Jazz WLFM-LP/CHICAGO, which it said has a predominantly African-American audience, has a larger cume audience than NPR affiliate WBEZ.
The docket is primarily about the conversion of analog LPTVs to digital operation. VENTURE is among the commenters asking for a further delay in the conversion to allow LPTVs to continue in analog operation.