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FCC Renews Six Station Licenses In Calif.

The FCC has renewed the licenses of six California tv stations under fire from the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People and other national and state minority organizations.

The stations – KVCR San Bernardino, KMIR and KSEQ Palm Springs, KFMB San Diego, KMST Monterey and KFCB Concord – were challenged on the grounds that they had a dismal record of hiring minority employees.

Joining the NAACP in an attempt to have the licenses revoked were the National Black Media Coalition and the Bay Area Black Media Coalition.

After a two-year investigation, the FCC granted a full five-year license renewal without conditions to KVCR. KMIR, KFMB and KMST received five-year renewals, with the stipulation that they must keep the FCC abreast of attempts to hire minorities.

KESQ had its license renewed for five years, but was slapped with FCC reporting requirements and a $5,000 fine. And KFCB was hit with reporting requirements, a $12,000 EEO fine, and is up for renewal again in ’92.

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