Still No FCC Action on Honolulu Station Merger

By Andrew Gauthier 


The trio of TV stations known as Hawaii Now or, for newscast branding purposes, Hawaii News Now, will mark its first anniversary Oct. 26, two days before the Oct. 28 start of the November Nielsen ratings. Licensed to affiliates of Raycom Media Inc. and HITV License Subsidiary Inc., the stations include two network affiliates that are among the four top-rated stations in the market.

Media Council Hawaii took its opposition to the companies’ so-called shared-services agreement to the Federal Communications Commission a year ago in the form of an emergency request to block the stations’ consolidation.

There has been a back-and-forth flurry of FCC filings but no definitive ruling. More…