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NAACP, LULAC FILE PETITION AT FCC TO BAR QVC-TCI TAKEOVER OF PARAMOUNT

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) issued the following:
 The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today filed a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny the application of QVC Network for the purchase of Paramount Communications because of alleged noncompliance with the FCC's affirmative action and equal employment opportunity (EEO) rules by TCI, Inc., QVC's major partner in the multi-billion dollar deal.
 Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., executive director and CEO of the NAACP, stated: "Economic inequality sustained b ?a systematic pattern of racial discrimination as evidenced by Tele-Communications, Inc., cannot be tolerated in a democratic society. Today, the NAACP and LULAC filed this 'Petition to Deny' with the Federal Communications Commission as a definitive step forward in our historic mission of ensuring racial justice and economic equality."
 The 44-page petition -- with 352 pages of exhibits -- was filed by Dennis Courtland Hayes, general counsel, NAACP; and Everald Thompson, associate general counsel, NAACP; Eduardo Pena, national legal adviser of LULAC and of counsel to Alexander, Gebhardt, Aponte & Marks; and David Honig, general counsel to the Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP.
 The NAACP and LULAC said, "They elected to file a petition to deny because Tele-Communications, Inc.'s EEO record is so egregious that only a hearing can elicit the facts necessary to evaluate whether this company should even remain a commission regulatee. In no way must the commission bestow on TCI and John Malone a $10 billion reward for discrimination and misrepresentation."
 Both organizations allege that TCI has a "string of broken promises with respect to the FCC's EEO policies and is the worst discriminator in the telecommunications industry."
 In their petition, they further allege that "(TCI's) record manifests not only disregard for the commission's rule end insensitivity to a dire national problem but also a propensity toward a misrepresentation that is relevant to the FCC's consideration of either a short form or a long form application. Accordingly, the application field by QVC also raises momentous issues with respect to competitiveness, diversity and non-discrimination."
 Both the NAACP and LULAC allege that "of all the companies involved in this transaction, only Tele-Communications, Inc. has had a story of serious anti-competitive behavior."
 In their petition, the NAACP and LULAC state that they have "thoroughly researched the anti-trust and EEO performance of each of the commission regulatees involved in both proposed tender offers for Paramount's stock attempts before deciding whether to oppose one or both of these offers."
 The NAACP and LULAC emphasized that the FCC's Tender Offer Policy was meant to "facilitate transfers to companies that would take over broadcast properties for the purpose of operating these facilities in the public interest. Its objective is not to make it easier for corporate raiders to 'traffic' in broadcasting licenses."
 Dr. William Gibson, chairman of the board of directors of the NAACP, stated that "this petition sends a clear signal to the telecommunication industry that African Americans must be fully included at all levels in the formation society. We intend to pursue this issue until full justice is done."
 Jose Veles, national president of LULAC, stated that: "Hispanics are no longer content to remain invisible and ignored by the media. LULAC intends to participate as an active partner in the telecommunications technological revolution to ensure that Hispanics play a prominent role in its development."
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 /CONTACT: Ofield Dukes, 202-488-4948, or Don Rojas, 410-486-9100, both for the NAACP, or Jose Veles, 702-792-8160, of LULAC/


CO: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; League
 of United Latin American; Federal Communications Commission;
 Paramount Communications; QVC Network ST: District of Columbia IN: TLC SU:


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