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Cowles Florida Broadcasting, Inc.

Federal Communications Commission
60 F.C.C.2d 372 (1976)


Facts

Two competing applicants filed applications for a broadcast license in Daytona Beach, Florida. Cowles Broadcasting Inc. (Cowles) was the incumbent licensee of WESH-TV, Channel 2. Central Florida Enterprises, Inc. (Central Florida) filed a competing application for Channel 2. A joint hearing was set for the two applications. Several issues were designed for hearing, including two issues regarding Cowles’ character. It was alleged that charges of mail fraud against five other subsidiaries of Cowles’ parent company disqualified Cowles for station ownership. It was also alleged that Cowles had moved its studio in violation of FCC rules. The Administrative Law Judge who initially reviewed the applications recommended that Cowles’ application be granted and Central Florida’s denied.

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