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WJHG-TV Proposed Channel Substitution at Panama City, FL.

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Released: October 19, 2011

Federal Communications Commission

DA 11-1735

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

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In the Matter of
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Amendment of Section 73.622(i),
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MB Docket No. 11-140
Post-Transition Table of DTV Allotments,
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RM-11683
Television Broadcast Stations.
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(Panama City, Florida)
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REPORT AND ORDER

(Proceeding Terminated)

Adopted: October 18, 2011

Released: October 19, 2011

By the Chief, Video Division, Media Bureau:
1.
The Commission has before it a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking1 issued in response to a
petition for rulemaking filed by Gray Television Licensee, LLC ("Gray"), the licensee of WJHG-TV,
channel 7, Panama City, Florida. Gray requests the substitution of channel 18 for channel 7 at Panama City.
Gray filed comments reaffirming its interest in the proposed channel substitution. No other comments were
received.
2.
We believe the public interest will be served by substituting channel 18 for channel 7 at
Panama City. Gray states that "This channel substitution serves the public interest by resolving significant
over-the-air reception problems in certain areas of WJHG's predicted service area . . .."2 After two power
increases and numerous attempts to resolve viewers' reception complaints, Gray concludes that the best
solution is to move to a UHF channel.3 In addition, the proposed facility will increase the net total
population served by the station.
3.
Channel 18 can be substituted for channel 7 at Panama City, Florida as proposed, in
compliance with the principal community coverage requirements of Section 73.625(a) of the Commission's
rules, at coordinates 30-25-59 N. and 85-24-51 W. In addition, we find that this channel change meets the
technical requirements set forth in Sections 73.616 and 73.623 of the Commission's rules with the following

1 Panama City, Florida, DA 11-1413 (Vid. Div., rel. Aug. 17, 2011).
2 Gray Petition for Rulemaking at 1.
3 Id. at 2.

Federal Communications Commission

DA 11-1735

specifications:
City and State
Channel
Power
Antenna HAAT
Service Pop.
(kW)
(meters)
(thous.)

Panama City, Florida
18
1000
450
888
4.
Accordingly, pursuant to the authority contained in Sections 4(i), 5(c)(1), 303(g) and (r)
and 307(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and Sections 0.61, 0.204(b) and 0.283 of the
Commission's rules, IT IS ORDERED, That effective 30 days after date of publication of this Report and
Order in the Federal Register, the Post-Transition Table of DTV Allotments, Section 73.622(i) of the
Commission's rules, IS AMENDED, with respect to the community listed below, to read as follows:
City and State
Channel Nos.
Panama City, Florida
9, 13, 18, *38
5.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, That within 45 days of the effective date of this Order, Gray
Television Licensee, LLC shall submit to the Commission a minor change application for a construction
permit (FCC Form 301) specifying channel 18 in lieu of channel 7.
6.
The Commission will send a copy of this Report and Order in a report to be sent to
Congress and the Government Accountability Office pursuant to the Congressional Review Act, see 5
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
7.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, That this proceeding IS TERMINATED.
8.
For further information concerning the proceeding listed above, contact Joyce L. Bernstein,
Media Bureau, (202) 418-1647.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Barbara A. Kreisman
Chief, Video Division
Media Bureau
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