Business digest 101406

Saturday, October 14, 2006

FCC fails to act on AT&T-BellSouth deal

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Friday delayed a vote on the proposed buyout of BellSouth Corp. by AT&T Inc. until as late as Nov. 3 after two Democrats asked for more time to study last-minute concessions proposed by AT&T. The proposed deal already was under fire by consumer advocates and some lawmakers who said it would go a long way toward re-establishing a communications monopoly.

Air America seeks Chapter 11 protection

NEW YORK -- Air America Radio filed for bankruptcy reorganization Friday, in the latest patch of turbulence to befall the liberal talk radio network that launched two years ago. The network will continue to operate with funding from its investor group. Spokeswoman Jaime Horn said Friday the filing became necessary after negotiations with a creditor broke down. Air America has struggled financially since its inception. After a listener called in Friday to ask about it, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said, "It was doomed to fail. ... They went into business to affect elections."

-- From wire reports

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: