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KFVE-TV ownership transfer challenged

By Erika Engle

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LAST UPDATED: 12:21 p.m. HST, Feb 13, 2014



Media Council Hawaii has filed papers with the Federal Communications Commission opposing the planned transfer of the station's FCC license from HITV to American Spirit Media.

The opposition is an extension of the nonprofit Media Council's 2009 effort to get the FCC to disallow creation of the shared services agreement under which KFVE, KGMB-TV and KHNL-TV are jointly operated.

While the FCC later ruled that the shared services agreement was at odds with public policy and its own duopoly rules, the commission ruled against the media council.

The shared services agreement was structured in such a way that it did not involve a license transfer, so FCC approval wasn't necessary.

New FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has initiated an effort to crack down on similar agreements, according to broadcast industry trade publications. 







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Kukuinunu wrote:
Thanks to the media council for pushing this. Sole ownership of several stations by one entity is a restraint of use of the public airwaves, and sounds like the way third world dictators try to control the media. Let's break this up. I am grateful for the FCC and its willingness to pursue this issue. Remember, the airwaves belong to the public, not to private entities who are only granted a license to operate, they own licenses, they do not own the air waves. Because the air waves are limited is "size" it is unfair to the public, a restraint of trade, and a violation of the public trust for one entity to own several stations and to pump out the same content over and over....shame, shame, shame! And, who are these owners anyway who are attempting control our thoughts?
on February 13,2014 | 10:22AM
droid wrote:
Yes, we all should be thanking Media Council Hawai‘i for standing tall while the rest of the nation is indifferent to the massive media consolidation in the hands of a very few. What price would you pay to protect the U.S. Constitution’s first amendment? Is it right for HITV or American Spirit Media to control three local commercial broadcast stations out of just five in this market?

I like Rick Blangiardi and I know he's just doing his job. But this “sweetheart deal” conglomerate has and continues to create an unlevel playing field on which the now “poor” stations KITV-4 and KHON-2 struggle to compete and could easily be unjustly pounded into bankruptcy.
on February 13,2014 | 11:22AM
droid wrote:
Yes, we all should be thanking Media Council Hawai‘i for standing tall while the rest of the nation is indifferent to the massive media consolidation in the hands of a very few. What price would you pay to protect the U.S. Constitution’s first amendment? Is it right for HITV or American Spirit Media to control three local commercial broadcast stations out of just five in this market?

I like Rick Blangiardi and I know he's just doing his job. But this “sweetheart deal” conglomerate has and continues to create an unlevel playing field on which the now “poor” stations KITV-4 and KHON-2 struggle to compete and could easily be unjustly pounded into bankruptcy.
on February 13,2014 | 11:26AM
droid wrote:
Yes, we all should be thanking Media Council Hawai‘i for standing tall while the rest of the nation is indifferent to the massive media consolidation in the hands of a very few. What price would you pay to protect the U.S. Constitution’s first amendment? Is it right for HITV or American Spirit Media to control three local commercial broadcast stations out of just five in this market?

I like Rick Blangiardi and I know he's just doing his job. But this “sweetheart deal” conglomerate has and continues to create an unlevel playing field on which the now “poor” stations KITV-4 and KHON-2 struggle to compete and could easily be unjustly pounded into bankruptcy.
on February 13,2014 | 11:27AM
AndrewWalden wrote:
Raycom Honolulu TV Deal: Honolulu Community Media Council has its own issues with "media control" http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/ID/1093/Raycom-Honolulu-TV-Deal-Honolulu-Community-Media-Council-has-its-own-issues-with-quotmedia-controlquot.aspx
on February 13,2014 | 03:33PM
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