A petition was filed Jan. 3 with the Federal Communications Commission charging that Nexstar Broadcasting is violating FCC rules by owning two top TV stations in the Springfield market.
In Springfield, Nexstar owns KSFX, the Fox station which formerly had the call letters KDEB, and operates KOLR, the CBS affiliate, which is purportedly owned by Mission Broadcasting. FCC rules prohibit a company from owning more than one of the top four stations in a market.
The same situation exists in Joplin, where Nexstar owns KSNF and Mission allegedly owns KODE, which are the numbers two and three stations in the market.
CableAmerica Corp. filed the petition after it was forced to drop the Springfield stations after negotiations with Nexstar were unsuccessful, according to Multichannel News.