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Released: July 31, 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

Washington, D.C. 20554

DA 13-1666

Released: July 31, 2013

MEDIA BUREAU ANNOUNCES PERMIT-BUT-DISCLOSE EX PARTE STATUS FOR

APPLICATIONS SEEKING TO TRANSFER CONTROL OF LICENSES FROM

SHAREHOLDERS OF BELO CORP. TO GANNETT CO., INC. AND FOR

APPLICATIONS SEEKING TO ASSIGN LICENSES FROM SUBSIDIARIES OF BELO

CORP. TO SUBSIDIARIES OF SANDER MEDIA, LLC AND TO TUCKER

OPERATING CO., LLC.

MB Docket No. 13-189

On June 19, 2013, Belo Corp.; Shareholders of Belo Corp.; Gannett Co., Inc.; Sander Media,
LLC; Tucker Operating Co., LLC; and their respective subsidiaries filed eighteen (18)
applications (Forms 314 and Form 315), pursuant to section 73.3540 of the Commission's Rules,
to effectuate the merger of Gannett Co., Inc. and Belo Corp. The applications are listed in the
Appendix to this Public Notice.
The Parties are seeking the Commission's consent to effectuate the Gannett Co., Inc. and Belo
Corp. Merger Agreement and other contemporaneous agreements. In some markets, pursuant to
the Commission's Ownership Rule, section 73.3555, the newly merged entity will not be allowed
to hold the full power television station licenses held separately by Belo Corp. and its
subsidiaries and Gannett Co., Inc. and its subsidiaries. In those markets, the stations will be
assigned either to a subsidiary of Sander Media, LLC or to Tucker Operating Co., LLC. Gannett
Co., Inc. will hold a combination of agreements with Sander Media, LLC subsidiaries and
Tucker Operating Co., LLC, which may include an Option Contract, a Shared Services
Agreement, a Joint Sales Agreement, and/or a Transition Services Agreement.
United Church of Christ Office of Communications, Inc.; Free Press; National Association of
Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications Workers of America; The Newspaper
Guild-Communications Workers of America Communications Workers of America; and
Common Cause, through their counsel, the Institute for Public Representation, request that this
proceeding be made permit-but-disclose for ex parte purposes. In view of this request, and in
order to assure the staff's ability to discuss and obtain information needed to resolve the issues
presented expeditiously, adoption of modified ex parte procedures is appropriate. Accordingly,

by this Public Notice, and pursuant to section 1.1200(a) of the Commission's Rules,1 we
announce that the ex parte procedures applicable to permit-but-disclose proceedings will govern
our consideration of the instant proceeding.2
Permit-but-disclose ex parte procedures permit interested parties to make ex parte presentations
to the Commissioners and Commission employees and require that these presentations be
disclosed in the record of the relevant proceeding.3 Persons making ex parte presentations must
file a copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation
within two business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the
Sunshine period applies). Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that
memoranda summarizing the presentation must (1) list all persons attending or otherwise
participating in the meeting at which the ex parte presentation was made, and (2) summarize all
data presented and arguments made during the presentation. If the presentation consisted in
whole or in part of data or arguments already reflected in the presenter's written comments,
memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the presenter may provide citations to such data or
arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or other filings (specifying the relevant
page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be found) in lieu of
summarizing them in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission staff during
ex parte meetings are deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed consistent
with section 1.1206(b) of the Commission's Rules. All ex parte filings must be clearly labeled
as such and must reference MB Docket No. 13-189.
The Media Bureau has received two petitions to deny in this proceeding. The petitions will be
available through the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System ("ECFS") as this is a
docketed proceeding. Oppositions to the petitions to deny are due no later than August 8, 2013.4
Replies to the oppositions are due no later than August 20, 2013.5
The applications for assignment and transfer referred to in this Public Notice have been accepted
for filing upon initial review. Persons and entities that file comments or petitions to deny
become parties to the proceeding. They may participate fully in the proceeding, including
seeking access to any confidential and/or highly confidential information that may be filed under
a protective order. Persons and entities that do not file petitions to deny, including those who file
comments, may not seek reconsideration of the Commission's decision regarding the
assignments of the licenses and transfer of control at issue, nor appeal a final decision to the
courts.

1 47 C.F.R. 1.1200(a).
2 Id. at 1.1206.
3 Id. at 1.1200 et seq.
4 Id. at 73.3584(b), 1.45(b), 1.4.
5 Id. at 73.3584(b), 1.45(c), 1.4.
2

All filings concerning matters referenced in this Public Notice should refer to MB Docket No.
13-189, and if they pertain only to specific applications or matters, to the specific file numbers of
the individual applications or matters as well.
Submissions in this matter may be filed electronically (i.e., through ECFS) or by filing paper
copies.
Electronic Filers: Documents may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing
the ECFS: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of
each filing. Filings may be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight
courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be
addressed to the Commission's Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal
Communications Commission.
All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission's Secretary
must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th Street, S.W., Room TW-A325,
Washington, D.C. 20554. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or
fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of before entering the building.
Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority
Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, Maryland 20743.
U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th
Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554.

In addition, one copy of each submission must be sent to the following:

The Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445
12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554, telephone 1-800-378-3160,
e-mail fcc@bcpiweb.com;
Adrienne Denysyk, Video Division, Media Bureau, Room 2-A820, e-mail
adrienne.denysyk@fcc.gov .
Any submission that is e-mailed to Best Copy and Printing and Adrienne Denysyk should
include in the subject line of the e-mail: (1) MB Docket No. 13-189; (2) the name of the
submitting party; (3) a brief description or title identifying the type of document being submitted
(e.g., MB Docket No. 13-189, Gannett-Belo, Ex Parte Notice).
3

People with Disabilities. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities
(braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).
Availability of Documents. Documents in this proceeding will be available for public inspection
and copying during business hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th
Street, S.W., Room CY-A257, Washington, D.C. 20554. The documents may also be purchased
from BCPI, telephone (202) 488-5300, facsimile (202) 488-5563, TTY (202) 488-5562, e-mail
fcc@bcpiweb.com.
The applications are also available electronically through the Commission's ECFS, which may
be accessed on the Commission's Internet website at http://www.fcc.gov.
For further information, contact Adrienne Denysyk at (202) 418-2651. For press inquiries,
contact Janice Wise at (202) 418-8165.
By: Chief, Media Bureau

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APPENDIX

Fac.

Assignor/

Application

Station

ID

Community

Transferor

Assignee/ Transferee

Number

Sander Operating Co. II
LLC D/B/A KTVK
BALCDT-
KASW(TV)
7143 Phoenix, AZ
KASW-TV, Inc. Television
20130619AFJ
Sander Operating Co. II
LLC D/B/A KTVK
BALCDT-
KTVK (TV)
40993 Phoenix, AZ
KTVK, Inc.
Television
20130619AFA
Sander Operating Co. II
LLC D/B/A KTVK
BALCDT-
K11LC-D
2756 Prescott, AZ
KTVK, Inc.
Television
20130619AFB
Sander Operating Co. II
Cottonwood,
LLC D/B/A KTVK
BALCDT-
K38AI-D
2754 AZ
KTVK, Inc.
Television
20130619AFC
Sander Operating Co. II
Williams-
LLC D/B/A KTVK
BALCDT-
K15HY
5323 Ashfork, AZ
KTVK, Inc.
Television
20130619AFD
Sander Operating Co. II
LLC D/B/A KTVK
BALCDT-
K25MG-D
2753 Flagstaff, AZ
KTVK, Inc.
Television
20130619AFE
Sander Operating Co. II
Globe &
LLC D/B/A KTVK
BALCDT-
K14NA-D
13087 Miami, AZ
KTVK, Inc.
Television
20130619AFF
Prescott-
Sander Operating Co. II
Cottonwood,
LLC D/B/A KTVK
BALCDT-
K34EE-D
56142 AZ
KTVK, Inc.
Television
20130619AFG
Sander Operating Co. II
Williams-
LLC D/B/A KTVK
BALCDT-
K41JE
126160 Ashfork, AZ
KTVK, Inc.
Television
20130619AFH
KMOV-TV,
Sander Operating Co.
BALCDT -
KMOV(TV)
70034 St. Louis, MO
INC.
IV, LLC
20130619AEZ
King
Broadcasting
Sander Operating Co.
BALCDT -
KGW(TV)
34874 Portland, OR
Company
III, LLC
20130619AFN
King
Broadcasting
Sander Operating Co.
BALCDT -
K48MP-D
34851 Corvallis, OR
Company
III, LLC
20130619AFO
King
Broadcasting
Sander Operating Co.
BALCDT -
K29AZ-D
34865 Newport, OR
Company
III, LLC
20130619AFP
5

King
Tillamook,
Broadcasting
Sander Operating Co.
BALCDT -
K40EG
34881 OR
Company
III, LLC
20130619AFQ
King
Prineville,
Broadcasting
Sander Operating Co.
BALCDT -
K46AK-D
34864 etc., OR
Company
III, LLC
20130619AFR
King
The Dalles,
Broadcasting
Sander Operating Co.
BALCDT -
K25KS-D
34844 OR
Company
III, LLC
20130619AFS
King
Grays River,
Broadcasting
Sander Operating Co.
BALCDT -
K35HU-D
34870 WA
Company
III, LLC
20130619AFT
King
Broadcasting
Sander Operating Co.
BALCDT -
K17HA-D
130923 Astoria, OR
Company
III, LLC
20130619AFU
King
Broadcasting
Sander Operating Co.
BALCDT -
KGWZ-LD
30810 Portland, OR
Company
III, LLC
20130619AFV
Louisville,
Belo Kentucky,
Sander Operating Co. I,
BALCDT -
WHAS-TV
32327 KY
Inc.
LLC
20130619AFM
Sander Operating Co. V, BALCDT -
KMSB(TV)
44052 Tucson, AZ
KMSB-TV, Inc.
LLC
20130619AFL
Tucker Operating Co.,
BALCDT -
KTTU(TV)
11908 Tucson, AZ
KTTU-TV, Inc.
LLC
20130619ADJ
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
WFAA(TV)
72054 Dallas, TX
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619AAY
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
KHOU(TV)
34529 Houston, TX
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619AAW
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
KING-TV
34847 Seattle, WA
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619AAZ
Coeur
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
K41FJ-D
34861 D'Alene, ID
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619ABB
Wenatchee,
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
K45AC
34873 WA
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619ABC
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
K21CC
50532 Lewiston, ID
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619ABD
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
KTFT-LD
167056 Twin Falls, ID Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619ABF
Cambridge,
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
K05DC
34875 Etc., ID
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619ABG
6

Glenns Ferry,
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
K16JE-D
188132 ID
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619ABH
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
K26LE-D
34884 Cascade, ID
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619ABI
McCall &
New
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
K15IO-D
34869 Meadows, ID
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619ABJ
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
K23KY-D
11446 Council, ID
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619ABK
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
KONG(TV)
35396 Everett, WA
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619AAM
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
WCNC-TV
32326 Charlotte, NC
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619AAS
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
W30CR-D
32317 Biscoe, NC
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619AAT
Lilesville/
Wadesboro,
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
W24AY-D
32316 NC
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619AAU
San Antonio,
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
KENS(TV)
26304 TX
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619AAP
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
WVEC(TV)
74167 Hampton, VA
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619AAR
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
KVUE(TV)
35867 Austin, TX
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619AAV
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
WUPL(TV)
13938 Slidell, LA
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619AAN
New Orleans,
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
WBXN-CA
70419 LA
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619AAO
New Orleans,
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
WWL-TV
74192 LA
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619AAQ
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
KREM(TV)
34686 Spokane, WA
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619ABA
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
KSKN(TV)
35606 Spokane, WA
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619AAX
Shareholders of
BTCCDT -
KTVB(TV)
34858 Boise, ID
Belo Corp.
Gannett Co., Inc.
20130619ABE
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