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Radio News: FCC Judge will decide if station keeps its license

Nov 06, 2016 10:52 pm
David Oxenford in the Broadcast Law Blog writes that the Federal Communications Commission will hold a hearing about the license renewal of the Entercom Sacramento radio station KDND that held a broadcast contest that led to the death of a participant. The radio station held a water-drinking contest listening to which contestant could go the longest without vomiting or using the restroom while consuming eight ounces of water every 10 minutes. The winner got a Nintendo Wii game console in the “Hold Your Wee For Wii” contest. A contest runner-up complained of light-headedness and a headache, then slipped into a coma and died of hyponatremia, a brain function disturbance caused by consuming too much water. An FCC Judge will conduct a trial to determine if the company gets to keep its license to use the public airwaves. Oxenford writes, "This appears to be a unique case where the FCC has turned a case of negligence – usually resolved through a lawsuit in civil courts – into a violation of the general obligation of a station to operate in the public interest."
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