The Federal Communications Commission should investigate Clear Channel
Communications Inc.'s business practices, wrote Washington, D.C.-based attorney
Arthur Belendiuk to FCC chairman Michael Powell Friday.
On behalf of clients David Ringer and M&M Broadcasting, Belendiuk has
filed petitions at the FCC outlining allegations that Clear Channel uses front
companies to buy and hold radio stations for itself until the FCC's rules change
in its favor.
Belendiuk has focused on radio stations in Chillicothe and Columbus, Ohio;
Waco, Texas; and Hudson and Catskill, N.Y.
The FCC's Mass Media bureau approved the transfer of radio licenses to Clear
Channel in the New York markets Jan. 17, and Belendiuk would like the agency to
hold that approval until it can examine the company.
Last week, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) also asked the FCC and the
Department of Justice to investigate Clear Channel.