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Suit filed to bar FCC OK of Univision sale

The National Hispanic Media Coalition will file suit today to block the Federal Communications Commission’s approval of the sale of Univision Television Network and 13 Spanish-language TV stations to Los Angeles investor A. Jerrold Perenchio.

The FCC last month approved the sale, which will allow Perenchio to own a 75% stake in such stations as KMEX-TV Los Angeles, WLTV-TV Miami, and KDTV-TV San Francisco (Daily Variety Oct.1).

The FCC action is controversial, since it allows Mexico media magnate Emilio Azcarraga back into the U.S. TV business. In the mid-1980s, an FCC judge found that Azcarraga violated a U.S. law that barred foreigners from owning more than a 25% stake in U.S. broadcast properties.

No legal action was taken against Azcarraga, who sold the properties to Hallmark Cards.

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