The owner of a TV station in Montgomery, Ala., for more than three decades has thrown out a life preserver to another television facility licensed to nearby Troy, Ala., by agreeing to acquire it.
However, this owner needs the FCC’s OK to make the deal happen, and is using the “failing” station test to state its case. If the Commission gives its blessing, two full-power stations — and one low-power facility — will be held by this company in the Alabama city.
RBR+TVBR OBSERVATION (Full text below, for Members Only): Should a TV company be allowed to control three TV stations in the same market — in particular a small market? Well, “LD” stations — Class A facilities — are exempt from FCC ownership rules. Is that fair? In most cases, yes.