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Connoisseur Media Struck Down by FCC for Challenge of WOR Sale and Z100 Renewal

Connoisseur Media has lost on its claim with the FCC. Connoisseur was fighting the sale of Buckley’s WOR Radio to Clear Channel. The media company also complained about the WHTZ/Z100 license renewal.

At issue for Connoisseur was that Clear Channel and its Aloha Station Trust had not divested all of the stations placed in trust when Clear Channel went private, All Access reports. Additionally, Connoisseur contends, Clear Channel’s bid for one of the Trust stations would violate the Commission’s order.

Connoisseur asked the FCC to set a six-month deadline for divestiture.

In response, the Commission noted that the Trust is not a party to either the WOR deal or the Z100 renewal and that the evidence does not show improper influence nor control of the trust stations by Clear Channel. Furthermore, Radio Online reports, it found that Clear Channel is qualified to hold the WOR and WHTZ station licenses and that the grant of the Assignment Application is consistent with the public interest.

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