FCC Dismisses Ion, Urban Channel-Sharing

After three years, the FCC has summarily dismissed an applications proposing a “share-time” arrangement for a bunch of TV stations licensed to Ion Media Networks. Urban Television (49% owned by Ion and 51% by BET Founder Bob Johnson’s RLJ Companies), would acquire “share-time licenses” permitting Urban to broadcast on subchanels on the Ion channels. ION would continue to be the licensee of, and would continue to operate, its existing stations on the same channels.