FCC auctions stand, for now

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The Federal Communications Commission will not investigate recent allegations
that Roberts Broadcasting is ineligible for bidding credits that helped it to
win auctions for two TV licenses.

Knoxville, Tenn., channel 25 charged that Roberts was not entitled to a 25
percent credit for 'new entrants' because the owner, Michael Roberts, failed to
disclose ties to ACME Communications Inc., which owns nine TV stations.

Roberts, who said he has left ACME's board, will be able to disclose relevant
financial information when a final application to purchase the license is
submitted March 20.

The allegation could be raised again, though. Petitions to deny the auction
outcome are due April 1.

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