FCC Opens Docket on Gannett/Belo

Final Comments on Petitions to Block or Condition Deal Due Aug. 20

The FCC has opened a public docket (No. 13-189) on Gannett's proposed $2.2 billion purchase of Belo Corp. TV stations.

That followed two petitions to deny/condition the deal filed last week by various parties including the American Cable Association, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable and Free Press and other public advocacy groups and unions.

Opening a docket means that the FCC will collect public comment online about the proposed station license transfer and requests to block it.

The FCC has made it a "permit but disclose" proceeding, which means the FCC will allow interested parties to meet and talk with commissioners and staff about the merger, but they must disclose those ex parte meetings publicly.

Oppositions to the petitions to deny are due Aug. 8, replies to those comments are due Aug. 20.