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Phoenix TV Station Granted STA for ATSC 3.0 Transmission

KFPH-CD, Channel 35 in Phoenix, Arizona was granted a Special Temporary Authority by the FCC in early April to broadcast an experimental signal compliant with the current ATSC 3.0 interim digital transmission standard. The Unimas low power sister station of KTVW-DT will serve as “lighthouse” host to the subchannels of several other Phoenix TV stations, including KASW (Nexstar/CW), KPNX (TEGNA/NBC), KNXV (Scripps/ABC), KPHO (Meredith/CBS), KSAZ (Fox), KTAZ (NBC/Telemundo), KTVK (Meredith/independent), KTVW (Univision/UniMas), and KUTP (Fox/MyTV).

KFPH-CD proposes to adhere to the current FCC Report and Order that requires KFPH-CD to simulcast an ATSC 1.0 signal on its main KTVW-DT physical channel.

The experiment is being operated by the Pearl TV consortium run by several of the aforementioned participating owner groups “with a shared interest in exploring forward-looking broadcasting opportunities, including innovative ways of promoting local broadcast TV content and developing digital media and wireless platforms for the broadcast industry.”

iHeartMedia Declares Chapter 11 Bankrupcy

iHeartMedia today announced an agreement with its creditors to enter into Chapter 11 reorganization. This long-anticipated move will greatly reduce or eliminate the controlling equity Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners had held since taking control of Clear Channel Communications in 2008.

In San Diego, iHeartMedia owns five FM and two AM stations. Local operations are not greatly affected except that some equipment vendors are not extending credit.

HC2 Buys KSKT-CD San Marcos

HC2 filed with the FCC this week to buy KSKT-CD, a 3 kW  channel 36 LPTV facility on Mt. Woodson, for $4-million from NRJ. NRJ had recently bought the station to serve as a relay for KSCI Los Angeles to replace KUAN-LD, a decades-old translator that would have been displaced in the repacking auction.

HC2, formerly known as Primus Telecom or PTGI and based in Herndon, Virginia, late last year purchased the Spanish language Azteca America network, and already holds licenses, or has entered into purchase agreements, for over 100 LPTV stations nationwide.

FCC Visits Alleged Yuma FM Pirate

The Los Angeles office of the FCC alleges Eric V. Evans was operating a pirate FM station on 96.5 MHz on Hillside Place in Yuma, Arizona on January 30, 2018. They issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation, a sort of cease and desist letter, last week. This notice did not detail any contact with Evans but mentioned simply that he was the listed owner of the residence.

The FCC issued a large number of these notices to alleged pirates in the past year, but the vast majority were in Florida and the area surrounding New York City.