WLS Stays On Time Warner In Racine

Time Warner Cable viewers will continue to get WLS-TV
in Racine, Wis.

The FCC this week denied a petition by Hearst-Argyle TV's
ABC affiliate WISN TV there that WLS-TV no
longer qualified as a significantly viewed station.

The network nonduplication and syndicated exclusivity rules
have a significantly-viewed exception for out of market stations that still
have significant in-market, over-the-air viewership. But if a competing station
can show that, for two consecutive years, the imported station has failed to
exceed a 3% share of total viewing hours and a net weekly circulation of 25%.

Hearst had argued that WLS
no longer met the criteria. WLS opposed the
petition and, after both sides offered up evidence on the order of audience
surveys, the FCC concluded that Hearst had not "conclusively
demonstrate[d]" that WLS was no longer
significantly viewed.

John Eggerton

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.