The proposed sale of WTVJ-TV Channel 6 in Miami from NBC Universal to Post-Newsweek’s, who owns WPLG-TV ABC Channel 10, is generating so much protest that the Federal Communications Commission has put the proceeding on a permit-but-disclose basis to accommodate more commentary.
Among the opponents of the $205 million dollar deal are three members of the US House of Representatives, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Ron Klein (D-FL), and Kendrick B. Meek (D-FL).
The FCC’s permit-but-disclose arrangement allows ‘ex parte’ presentations on the matter to be made part of the record without having to serve every single party who has engaged in the matter.
If approved, South Florida would fall into a rare big-four duopoly. To say the least, this deal isn’t going to be done quietly.