FCC Updates Status of New TV Station Applicants
Gray OK, Sinclair needs to correct info by May 6
Of the 14 entities that have applied to the FCC to build new TV stations, only one was rejected, though Sinclair is among the applicants whose short-form applications were found to be incomplete.
The FCC is auctioning 27 construction permits for full-power TV stations and interested parties will get to bid for the right to them starting June 7.
There were seven potential bidders whose applications were deemed complete -- Gray Television; Major Market Broadcasting of North Dakota, Inc.; Marquee Broadcasting, Inc.; Radiant Life Ministries, Inc.; Renard Broadcasting Corp.; RxDIO.com LLC; and TV-49, Inc.
Deemed "incomplete," which means accepted for filing but found wanting in one way or another, were Sinclair, BEK Sports Network, Inc.; Estrella Television License LLC; Sinclair Television Group, Inc.; SJL Television Inc.; Ventura Media Communications, LLC; Venture Technologies Group, LLC. They have until May 6 to correct any deficiencies and submit their upfront payments. Late submissions will not be accepted.
The only application rejected outright was from Redwood Empire Public Television, Inc. That was because the application was for a license that also was applied for by a commercial entity. When the FCC considers competing applications, "any application for a noncommercial educational (NCE) station that is mutually exclusive
with any application for a commercial broadcast station will be returned as unacceptable for filing." ■
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.