Federal Communications Law Journal

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49 Federal Communications Law Journal 167 (1996)


When a tender offer to acquire a company is made, those making the tender offer will have to overcome a number of regulatory hurdles. The number of hurdles multiply, however, when the offer is hostile and the target company holds licenses issued by the FCC. The article sketches the FCC's response to hostile tender offers for companies holding FCC licenses, specifically discussing the Commission's adoption of procedures in 1985 to address hostile tender offers. While these provisions provided needed clarification, the authority of the FCC to implement these provisions and the effectiveness of them as a matter of policy have remained in dispute. This article analyzes these issues, finding both a statutory basis for the agency policy and a practical requirement for it.