TV licenses challenged

License renewal challenges have been filed at the FCC against 12 California TV stations accused of violating the agency’s equal employment opportunity rules.

The challenges were filed by the California NAACP branch and the League of United Latin American Citizens, the two largest civil rights organizations in the state.

Targets of the license challenges are CBS affiliates KHSL-TV, Chico, and KCOY-TV, Santa Maria; NBC affils KGET-TV, Bakersfield, and KSBW-TV, Salinas; Fox affils KTXL-TV, Sacramento, and KMPH-TV, Visalia; and PBS stations KVPT-TV, Fresno, KOCE-TV, Huntington Beach, and KTEH-TV, San Jose.

Indies too

Also challenged were independent stations KFTY-TV, Santa Rosa, KSCH-TV, Stockton, and religious indie KTBN-TV, Santa Ana.

In addition to the NAACP and LULAC petitions, the FCC also this week received the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s challenge to the license renewal of Disney’s KCAL-TV.

NHMC claimed KCAL violated FCC employment regs, failed to keep records required by the FCC, “engaged in unlawful hyping of Disney movies on the Disney-owned station and aggravated Los Angeles race relations by callously promoting denigrating racial stereotypes in its children’s programming.”

NHMC claimed KCAL “violated its public trust as a TV licensee more seriously and in more aspects than any other Los Angeles station.”

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