In connection with their proposed merger, Media General Communications Holdings, LLC ("Media General") and New Young Broadcasting Holding Co., Inc. ("Young") have filed applications seeking Commission approval to transfer control of Young's fourteen full-power broadcast television stations and three low-power broadcast television stations and Media General's eighteen full-power broadcast television stations and fourteen low-power broadcast television stations. Upon consummation of the proposed transaction, the current equity holders of Young Broadcasting and of Media General will own approximately 68.3% and 31.7%, respectively, of the merged company. The parties also request renewal of three existing waivers of the local television multiple ownership rules.
Media General owns full-power broadcast television stations in the following cities: Birmingham, Alabama; Mobile, Alabama; Tampa, Florida; Augusta, Georgia; Columbus, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Jackson, Mississippi; Asheville, North Carolina; Goldsboro, North Carolina; Greenville, North Carolina; Florence, South Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Spartanburg, South Carolina; Johnson City, Tennessee; Roanoke, Virginia; Columbus, Ohio; and Providence, Rhode Island. Young owns full-power broadcast television stations in the following cities: San Francisco, California; Davenport, Iowa; Lafayette, Louisiana; Adams, Massachusetts; Lansing, Michigan; Albany, New York; Rapid City, South Dakota; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Reliance, South Dakota; Florence, South Dakota; Petersburg, Virginia; and Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The applications have been accepted for filing upon initial review, as listed in a Public Notice issued July 9, 2013. Petitions to deny are due August 8, 2013.
This is a restricted proceeding. Ex parte presentations are generally prohibited. See section 1.1208 of the Commission's Rules, 47 C.F.R. § 1.1208. An ex parte presentation is any written communication addressing the merits or outcome of the proceeding that is not served on all of the parties to the proceeding, or any oral presentation addressing the merits or outcome of the proceeding that is made without notice to all of the parties to the proceeding and without an opportunity for them to be present. See section 1.1202(a)(b), 47 C.F.R. § 1.1202.(a), (b). However, persons may submit signed, informal objections. See section 73.3587,47 C.F.R. § 73.3587.
TimelineDay 104 - November 8, 2013
November 8, 2013 - Memorandum Opinion And Order Memorandum Opinion And Order
November 8, 2013 - News Release Media Bureau Announces Applications Filed by Media General & Young Broadcasting
Released: July 9, 2013 - Broadcast Applications Report No: 28026
- Evan Morris, Media Bureau: (202) 418-1656
- Janice Wise, Media Bureau (press inquiries): (202) 418-8165
This page contains an indexed unofficial listing of and electronic links to most materials in this docket. The applications and any associated documents are also available for public inspection and copying during normal reference room hours at the FCC Reference Center. Copies of the applications and any subsequently-filed documents in this matter also may be obtained from Best Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW, Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554, 1-800-378-3160 (voice), firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail), and most are also accessible through the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to email@example.com or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).