ERIC Number: ED165148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The $1.92 Lunch or an Academic in Lawyerland: Direct Involvement as a Petitioner to Deny a TV License Transfer.
Terry, Herbert A.
Providing an extensive, factual account of the controversy regarding the sale of a television station in Bloomington, Indiana, this paper presents a description of the legal issues involved, discusses the correspondence between the author and the purchasers of the station, outlines the justification for filing a Petition to Deny the transfer, and analyzes the final outcome of the case. As reported in the paper, the controversy revolved around six major complaints regarding the transfer: the application submitted by the buyer was not a realistic one for the city of Bloomington; there were errors in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required "Ascertainment of Community Needs" that biased that ascertainment against Bloomington; the buyers violated provisions of the Communications Act limiting foreign investment; there had been an unauthorized transfer of control of the station; there had been an unauthorized move of the main studios from Bloomington to Indianapolis; and the FCC did not investigate the effects of this transfer upon the local service to Bloomington. The paper discusses how these allegations were factually supported and argued, as well as why, after several months of delay, the author withdrew the Petition to Deny. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (61st, Seattle, Washington, August 13-16, 1978)