The Federal Communications Commission has upheld a staff decision ordering the license revocation of KQEC-TV San Francisco. However, sister stations KQED-TV and KQED-FM may continue to operate as a licensee of KQED Inc., according to the FCC. An FCC Review Board revoked the KQEC license last year because of “misrepresentations” made to the commission on why the station was shut down in January 1980. KQED Inc. closed the station because of financial problems, per the FCC, but told the commission it was being shuttered due to technical problems.
The California Public Broadcasting Forum and the Minority Television Project, two San Francisco-area groups, subsequently argued that all three of the KQED station licenses should have been revoked. But in a Jan. 4 decision (released on Jan. 11), the FCC ruled that revocation of KQEC’s license was sufficient grounds for punishment.