immediate ownership of the station.
When the appellate court accepted both petitions in July, it was
not clear whether it would call for a new courtroom session or simply
issue a new opinion. This week, the court decided on the former.
"The matter is going back on calendar, so everything will be
reconsidered," said deputy clerk Rachel Hahn.
She said the court date was currently slotted for the week of Nov.
Two years ago, the college district put KOCE-TV up for sale to
help boost its academic budget. The district named the foundation, a
group of community members formed in 1978 to support the station, the
highest responsible bidder after it offered $8 million in cash and
$24 million to be paid over 30 years.
Daystar, a Christian television network which had also bid on the
station, filed a lawsuit against the district claiming that its
$25-million offer, all in cash, made it the highest responsible
bidder. In June, the appellate court ruled in Daystar's favor and
ordered the district to negate the sale to the foundation.
Complicating the matter is the fact that the Federal
Communications Commission has already transferred the station's
license to the foundation, and that the district has spent much of
the $8-million down payment. The June decision stopped short of
ordering an immediate transfer of the license to Daystar, leading the
Christian network to petition the court again.
Milford Dahl, the attorney for the college district, was not
available for comment, and two attorneys for Daystar did not return