Here is the FCC's denial of the Third Coast Pressâ€™s petition to deny the license renewals of all Chicago area tv broadcasters. The petition to deny was composed by yours truly. In addition to the web sites of fine media reform groups such as Free Press, the Benton Foundation and others who have been following this story, here are the articles weâ€™ve turned up so far. We like the first one in the list the best, but that's our local bias: Robert Feder at the Chicago Sun-Times; Broadcasting & Cable; Broadcast Engineering; and TV Week . Alas dear readers, neither high nor low nor over hill or even dale have we yet found any tv station in Chicago that has noted any coverage of Third Coast's valiant quest for broadcaster accountability. This proves our point. But â€śUtah's Forum for Radioâ€ť picked up on the denial this way:
â€śThis is the funniest thing to come down the FCC pike in a while. It's regarding a petition from some looney group "Third Coast Press" to deny the license renewals for 18 TV stations in the Chicago areaâ€¦ Basically they're saying 'we don't like the way you run your station, so you shouldn't be allowed to anymore'.â€ť
Woah! What a hilarious concept! Actual accountability for the public in trade for the use of its airwaves!!! It would be nice to see a lot more organized complaints like TCP's directed at station licensees. In that vein, we anxiously await the as-yet-to-be concocted FCC ruling on that other set of â€ślooneyâ€ť Chicago tv station license challenges. This is the one that centers on the poverty of local election coverage aired by a heaping pile of Chicago tv stations that was filed on CMAâ€™s behalf by the Media Access Project at about the same time the Third Coast Press made its filing. And those caissons keep rolling along.
Note: a clarification to a recent CMA blog entry - there is almost no chance of snagging one of the noncommercial radio frequencies that will become available in 2007 if you are within 30 miles of any of the largest 100 cities in the U.S.
Have a happy new year everybody! Hope to see you at the national media reform conference in Memphis on the second weekend in January.
This post was edited to reflect the fact that several of the links can no longer be retrieved.
This entry was posted by Scott Sanders, a co-founder to date of seven Chicago area media and democracy activist groups.
Sanders has worked for long stretches in social science research, in the creation of video documentaries, as a librarian, and also in movie theater management.
You can link to Scott's combined curriculum vitae, timeline, and resume here.
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