TV Licenses Will Not be Renewed
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Licenses to operate 13 television stations serving some of the nation’s largest cities, including New York and Los Angeles, will not be renewed or granted, a federal law judge said today, because the stations are illegally controlled by foreigners.
Federal Communications Commission law judge John H. Conlin ruled that Emilio Azcarraga, described as the owner of a Mexican media empire, provided money to American citizens who acted as his agents in buying the stations.
Foreign ownership in an American broadcast station cannot exceed 20 percent.
Although on paper Azcarraga does not exceed that percentage, Conlin found that ″the groundwork had been laid for an enterprise that would be receptive to, and indeed dependent on, influence and direction from non-U.S. citizens and foreign corporations under their control.″
The stations for the most part broadcast Spanish-language programming.
Conlin ruled that the stations’ corporate owners, Spanish International Communications Corporation, Bahia de San Francisco Television Co. and the Seven Hills Television Co., ″as presently constituted, are not qualified to remain commission licensees.″
The initial decision can be appealed by the stations and their owners. Conlin noted ″any party seeking a less drastic remedial solution, such as a corporate restructuring, may raise the matter in seeking review.″
If there is no appeal to the FCC Review Board or the full commission, the decision becomes effective in 50 days.
Denied were TV license applications for:
KWEX, San Antonio, Texas; KMEX, Los Angeles; WXTV, Paterson, N.J.; WLTV, Miami; KFTV, Fresno, Calif.; KDTV, San Francisco, and KTVW, Phoenix, Ariz., along with repeater stations in Philadelphia; Hartford, Conn. and Bakersfield, Calif., plus low-power stations in Austin, Texas; Denver and Tucson, Ariz.
Janet Zevallos, an aide to Reynold V. Anselmo, a principal owner of all three corporations, said that he was in Miami and would have no comment until he had seen the documents issued by the FCC in Washington.