HARLINGEN, February 28 - The Federal Communications Commission has given permission to RGV Educational Broadcasting, Inc., to change its KMBH television broadcast station license from non-commercial to commercial.
The move was considered a formality because it was originally a commercial license. The move paves the way for the Catholic Diocese to execute its Lease Marketing Agreement with MBTV Texas Valley LLC and sell KMBH-TV to R Communications.
KMBH-TV is the PBS station in the Rio Grande Valley.
According to an employee at KMBH-TV who asked not to be named, TV staff have been told that they are now employees of R Communications. "We were told today (Friday) that our next pay check will be from R Communications," the employee said.
In the correspondence sent out by the FCC it lists RGV Educational Broadcasting’s contact person as Father Pedro Briseno. Briseno left the Harlingen-based station some years ago. Its current president is Robert Gutierrez.
Click here to view the FCC profile page for KMBH.
Click here to see the correspondence confirming the KMBH TV license is now commercial.
The Guardian will bring reaction to this news as soon as it comes in.