Tribune Broadcasting Company II, LLC ("Tribune"), Dreamcatcher Broadcasting, LLC ("Dreamcatcher") and Local TV Holdings, LLC, ("Local TV") have filed applications seeking Commission approval to transfer control of licenses for seventeen (17) television broadcast stations from Local TV to Tribune, and to transfer control of licenses for two (2) television broadcast stations from Local TV to Dreamcatcher. Tribune also seeks a continuing failing station waiver in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and a continuing satellite television waiver in Ft. Collins, Colorado.
The applications for transfer of control pertain to television stations in: Denver, Colorado; Fort Collins, Colorado; Cleveland, Ohio; St. Louis, Missouri; Kansas City, Missouri; Salt Lake City, Utah; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (two licenses); High Point, North Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; Scranton, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; Des Moines, Iowa; Hunstville, Alabama; Moline, Illinois; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Eureka Springs, Arkansas; Norfolk, Virginia; and Portsmouth, Virginia. In the latter two markets, the Commission's cross-ownership rule prohibit Tribune from controlling the television licenses because it also owns a local daily newspaper. In these two markets, Tribune has also entered into a shared services agreement with Dreamcatcher and agreements providing it options to acquire control of the licenses.
The applications were accepted for filing as listed in a Public Notice issued July 19, 2013. Petitions to deny are due August 19, 2013. Oppositions to the petitions to deny are due September 4, 2013. Replies to the oppositions are due September 16, 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 136 - December 20, 2013
December 20, 2013 - Memorandum Opinion And Order Transfer of Control from Local TV Holdings to Tribune Broadcasting
July 19, 2013 - Broadcast Action Broadcast Applications, Report No. 28034
3/6/14 Reply to Opposition to Application for Review, filed by Free Press
- David Roberts, Media Bureau: (202) 418-1618
- 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).