Media Council of Hawaii files new complaint against Raycom Media

Published: May. 20, 2010 at 10:25 PM HST|Updated: May. 21, 2010 at 3:18 AM HST
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Chris Conybeare
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Gerald Kato
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Another complaint has been filed against Raycom Media. Thursday, the Media Council of Hawaii is going back to the feds saying, a paper trail shows Hawaii's three stations are being controlled by one company.

The new complaint is based on paperwork obtained by the council. The council says it shows that Raycom essentially has taken over control of KHNL, KGMB and KFVE's functions.

The complaint says the current owner of KFVE, HITV, must pay most of its profits to Raycom. Because of this and other financial deals, the Media Council contends HITV does not benefit from KFVE's success or losses, which is different from other shared services agreements across the country.

"So now you have this zombie station called KFVE… has no ability to produce its own material, is completely dependent on Raycom's production facilities, marketing facilities, etc" said Chris Conybeare of the Media Council of Hawaii.

"I think they have an obligation to the public, and part of that obligation is to enhance the public interest, not contract it for private profit, which is exactly what is going on here" said Gerald Kato of the Media Council of Hawaii.

The council wants the Federal Communications Commission to revoke the broadcast licenses.

Raycom Media, which owns KHNL and KGMB, says it stands by its statements made earlier, that the agreements satisfy all rules and regulations associated with such agreements.

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