Revocation” is perhaps the deadliest word to a television or radio station. Applied to a station’s license, it sounds the cataclysmic death knell of a broadcast operation that can render a multi-million-dollar investment worthless.
Industry observers, watchdogs, and community groups may argue that the FCC’s penalty of revocation of a broadcast license is a toothless bear that rarely attacks anymore. Often this stance is accompanied by the claim that the agency is in the pocket of the industries it regulates.
Could your station lose its license? Or (…wishful thinking) has the FCC lost its taste for the ultimate sanction?
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