Hearst Radio v. Federal Communications Commission, No. 9599.

CourtUnited States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (District of Columbia)
Writing for the CourtEDGERTON, CLARK, and PRETTYMAN, Associate Justices
Citation167 F.2d 225
PartiesHEARST RADIO, Inc., v. FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION.
Decision Date12 January 1948
Docket NumberNo. 9599.

167 F.2d 225 (1948)

HEARST RADIO, Inc.,
v.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION.

No. 9599.

United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia.

Argued November 21, 1947.

Decided January 12, 1948.


Mr. William J. Dempsey, of Washington, D. C., with whom Mr. Thomas P. Littlepage, Jr., of Washington, D. C., was on the brief, for appellant.

Mr. Benedict P. Cottone, General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission, of Washington D. C., with whom Mr. Harry M. Plotkin, Assistant General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission, Mr. Max Goldman, Assistant Chief, Litigation and Administration Division, Federal Communications Commission, and Mr. Richard A. Solomon, Counsel, Federal Communications Commission, all of Washington, D. C., were on the brief, for appellee.

Before EDGERTON, CLARK, and PRETTYMAN, Associate Justices.

PRETTYMAN, Associate Justice.

Appellant is the owner and duly licensed operator of radio station WBAL. It brought a civil action under the Administrative Procedure Act1 for a declaratory judgment2 and incidental relief. The District

167 F.2d 226
Court granted the defendant Commission's motion to dismiss. This appeal is from that judgment

Under date of March 7, 1946, the Commission published a report entitled "Public Service Responsibility of Broadcast Licensees", commonly referred to as the "Blue Book". In one section of that report it said, "In recent years, the purchase of an existing standard broadcast station has become a more common means of entering broadcasting than the erection of a new station. The case of Station WBAL, Baltimore, illustrates the extent to which the service rendered by a station may be affected by a transfer or assignment of license to a purchaser, and the need for integrating Commission transfer and renewal procedures." Then followed what purported to be descriptions of the operation of the station when under the ownership of the Consolidated Gas, Electric Light and Power Company of Baltimore, and of its operation under the present owner. As a basis for the former, the Commission used "A Description of WBAL, Baltimore," prepared by the then-owner of the station for submission to the Commission in August, 1927, when the Commission was established and WBAL was seeking to procure a "cleared channel". For its description of the present operation of the station, the Commission used an analysis of the program logs of the station for the week beginning Sunday, April 23, 1944, with a corollary list of programs available to the station through the National Broadcasting Company.

In its complaint in the District Court, the present owner of WBAL alleged that the Blue Book has been the subject of widespread public discussion; that the statements in it tend to expose the present owner of WBAL to public shame, obloquy, contumely, odium, contempt, ridicule, aversion, degradation and disgrace, and tend to destroy the confidence of the public and those with whom the station does business in the radio industry and otherwise, in its ability to operate the station; that "The defamatory description * * * is a false and distorted misrepresentation based upon deliberate...

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    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (9th Circuit)
    • November 22, 2006
    ...agency.'" Indep. Equip. Dealers Ass'n v. Envtl. Prot. Agency, 372 F.3d 420, 427 (D.C.Cir.2004) (quoting Hearst Radio, Inc. v. FCC, 167 F.2d 225, 227 "As a general matter," two conditions must be satisfied for an agency action to be deemed "final": First, the action must mark the consummatio......
  • Trudeau v. Federal Trade Com'n., No. 05-5363.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (District of Columbia)
    • July 28, 2006
    ...action" under the APA. See Trudeau, 384 F.Supp.2d at 289. We first considered this question nearly sixty years ago in Hearst Radio v. FCC, 167 F.2d 225 (D.C.Cir.1948), in which a plaintiff alleged that the FCC had issued a defamatory publication that it knew to be false. The difficulty with......
  • Springs v. Stone, No. CIV.A.2:04CV216.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 4th Circuit. United States District Court (Eastern District of Virginia)
    • March 31, 2005
    ...any such stopgap role."); Invention Submission Corp. v. Rogan, 357 F.3d 452, 459 (4th Cir.2004) (quoting Hearst Radio, Inc. v. FCC, 167 F.2d 225, 227 (D.C.Cir.1948)) ("[T]he Administrative Procedure Act does not provide judicial review for everything done by an administrative agency ..."). ......
  • Jefferson v. Harris, Civil Action No. 14-1247 (JEB)
    • United States
    • U.S. District Court — District of Columbia
    • March 21, 2016
    ...fails to plausibly allege that DOL-OIG's publication of documents constitutes “agency action” under the APA. In Hearst Radio, Inc. v. FCC, 167 F.2d 225 (D.C.Cir.1948), the court considered whether a defamatory agency publication itself could constitute reviewable “agency action” under the A......
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  • Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Veneman, No. 04-15788.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (9th Circuit)
    • November 22, 2006
    ...agency.'" Indep. Equip. Dealers Ass'n v. Envtl. Prot. Agency, 372 F.3d 420, 427 (D.C.Cir.2004) (quoting Hearst Radio, Inc. v. FCC, 167 F.2d 225, 227 "As a general matter," two conditions must be satisfied for an agency action to be deemed "final": First, the action must mark the consummatio......
  • Trudeau v. Federal Trade Com'n., No. 05-5363.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (District of Columbia)
    • July 28, 2006
    ...action" under the APA. See Trudeau, 384 F.Supp.2d at 289. We first considered this question nearly sixty years ago in Hearst Radio v. FCC, 167 F.2d 225 (D.C.Cir.1948), in which a plaintiff alleged that the FCC had issued a defamatory publication that it knew to be false. The difficulty with......
  • Springs v. Stone, No. CIV.A.2:04CV216.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 4th Circuit. United States District Court (Eastern District of Virginia)
    • March 31, 2005
    ...any such stopgap role."); Invention Submission Corp. v. Rogan, 357 F.3d 452, 459 (4th Cir.2004) (quoting Hearst Radio, Inc. v. FCC, 167 F.2d 225, 227 (D.C.Cir.1948)) ("[T]he Administrative Procedure Act does not provide judicial review for everything done by an administrative agency ..."). ......
  • Jefferson v. Harris, Civil Action No. 14-1247 (JEB)
    • United States
    • U.S. District Court — District of Columbia
    • March 21, 2016
    ...fails to plausibly allege that DOL-OIG's publication of documents constitutes “agency action” under the APA. In Hearst Radio, Inc. v. FCC, 167 F.2d 225 (D.C.Cir.1948), the court considered whether a defamatory agency publication itself could constitute reviewable “agency action” under the A......
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