Gray Television sues FCC over Anchorage affiliation purchase fine

Says the commission was out of bounds on several counts


Gray Television is suing the Federal Communications Commission over its decision to fine the broadcaster over half a million dollars for an affiliation move in Alaska the regulator said violates its duopoly restriction.

That is according to an appeal filed late Wednesday (May 24) in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, whose jurisdiction includes Atlanta, where Gray is based.

The FCC concluded that Gray's purchase of the CBS affiliation from KTVA Anchorage, Alaska, resulted in the equivalent of the purchase of a second top-four station in the market.

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