SAVE "Like It Is" on WABC-TV in New York City
To: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
7 Lincoln Square
New York, NY 10023
THE PETITIONERS HEREIN, all residing in the United States but most of said petitioners residing in New York and New Jersey, hereby petition the Federal Communications Commission as follows: (1) to investigate, fashion and implement orders which will enhance the political, educational and public affairs coverage of “Like It Is” in the Black community; (2) to require WABC-TV to end gender discrimination in the hiring of personnel to report the news particularly with respect to the lack of males of African ancestry as reporters; (3) to require WABC-TV to adhere to its renewal terms under the recent license renewal and not permit WABC-TV to fashion any subsequent, substantive modifications to “Like It Is” including its name; (4) to require WABC-TV to unconditionally cover matters of public controversy without censorship which affect the Black community and which are of public interest to it; (5) to require WABC-TV to refrain from diluting its resources and personnel with respect to “Like It Is” which are inconsistent with its original intent in fashioning said public affairs program. (6) to require a finding that in New York City and the relevant areas in New Jersey an insufficient number of broadcast stations exist which are providing less than minimum coverage of public affairs in the Black communities therein; (7) to require WABC-TV to become familiar with the affected and relevant communities and the issues that exist in those communities through the eyes of persons who have demonstrated an unwavering interest in and sensitivity to said communities. (8) to do all of those things that will implement the letter and spirit of the laws undergirding the Federal Communications Commission in enhancing “Like It Is”..