Bay Area is at risk of losing several new television channels with
Vietnamese, South Asian, Spanish, Filipino, African-American and other
local programming because of a Cox Communications (KTVU/KICU) channel grab.
KAXT-CA is a low power television station on Channel 22 and has been broadcasting in San Jose since 1990. They have been preparing for nearly a year for the digital TV transition on June 12, 2009. KAXT
filed an application with the FCC in 2007 for a digital channel, and
was waiting for FCC clearance to utilize this channel at the time of
the DTV transition.
business day (May 29, 2009) after KAXT filed the final construction
permit with the FCC, KTVU, the Cox-owned station in Oakland filed for
the same channel, using engineering information that was eerily similar
to the KAXT filing with the FCC. Cox claims they need Digital Channel 42 in order to repeat KTVU programming in the San Jose and Santa Cruz area.
We believe this filing by KTVU is an abusive and greedy channel grab. KAXT’s
preparation in developing each of these different channels was
specifically in response to the U.S. Congress, years of FCC fact
finding hearings, all in line with FCC policy encouraging localism and more minority broadcasters.
The proposed 22 channels are five times more than any other television
station in the Bay Area and the most offered in the nation on any
over-the-air television platform. 12 of the proposed channels are video. 10 of the channels are “Radio on Television.”
KTVU’s Public Filing with the FCC
KAXT’s Petition to deny KTVU’s application