FCC Grants Protective Order In Tribune Proceedings, OKs Louisiana Sales
January 20, 2011 at 10:53 AM (PT)
The FCC has adopted a protective order in the proceedings assigning TRIBUNE CO,'s licenses as part of the bankruptcy process, protecting certain confidential and proprietary information from disclosure. The order follows an agreement negotiated by TRIBUNE with FREE PRESS, MEDIA ALLIANCE, NABET/CWA, NATIONAL HISPANIC MEDIA COALITION, OFFICE OF COMMUNICATION OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, INC., and CHARLES BENTON, all of whom filed petitions to deny the transfers. The petitoners are being provided information under the agreement with protection against public disclosure.
In another FCC ruling, the Commission rejected OPUS BROADCASTING MONROE, LLC's petition to deny the sale by CLAY HOLLADAY's RADIO MONROE, LLC of Top 40 KNOE-F (STAR 101.9)/MONROE, LA to HOLLADAY BROADCASTING OF LOUISIANA, LLC and the sale of Urban KJMG (MAGIC 97)/BASTROP, LA by HOLLADAY BROADCASTING OF LOUISIANA, LLC to CALVIN H. MURRAY's KP MUSIC GROUP, LLC, and granted the sales. OPUS alleged that HOLLADAY, under the "equity-plus-debt" rule, would continue to have an attributable interest in KJMG; a suit by HOLLADAY against OPUS was meant to punish OPUS for its petition; grant of the sales would not be in the public interest; and that HOLLADAY is unfit to hold a license because of previous allegations that it held impermissible attributable interests in two other stations.