FCC backs revoked Channel 68 permit

The FCC Friday backed an administrative law judge’s decision revoking a permit granted Black Television Workshop to build a public TV station on channel 68 in Los Angeles.

BTW had been authorized to construct the non-commercial station in 1983.

In early 1987, KEEF-TV began broadcasting. However, the FCC’s Mass Media Bureau shut down the outlet several months later, claiming the station violated its construction permit agreement by broadcasting from a different tower and a different antenna height than it had promised.

Soon thereafter, a dispute arose as to who controlled BTW, and the FCC said the controversy raised questions about BTW’s fitness to be a broadcast licensee.

Last year, an FCC administrative law judge held hearings and then recommended revoking BTW’s permit. In a 3-0 vote, the FCC on Friday agreed with the judge’s finding.

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