Turning Off RKO's Licenses

A harsh ruling from the FCC

Among broadcasters, perhaps no other company has suffered so many assaults on its reputation as RKO General. Since the mid-1960s, rivals who have coveted RKO's broadcasting licenses have been accusing the chain of unethical conduct. That is a serious charge against any broadcaster, since the Federal Communications Commission can revoke the licenses of companies it considers to be of questionable character -- even if they are not convicted of violating the law. Last week the FCC may finally have pulled RKO's plug. Edward Kuhlmann, an FCC administrative law judge, denied RKO's application to renew its license for KHJ-TV in Los Angeles,...

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