Newspaper Man on Stand Today in Video Hearing
WASHINGTON, June 4. (AP)—A Seattle man, one of a group seeking a Spokane television station, testified today that he, his immediate family, and others in the television venture have interests in eight western newspapers.
The witness, James G. Scripps, is director and secretary-treasurer of Television Spokane, Inc., which is contesting with Louis Wasmer, Inc. before a Communications Commission examiner for Channel 2 in Spokane.
Scripps said he and his brother, Edward, who together control Scripps Newspapers, Inc., have a 40 per cent interest in Inland Empire Broadcasting Company, operators of KNEW-Spokane and corporate parents of Television Spokane.
Remaining interest in Inland is held by Burl Hagadone, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, publisher, and Harry Henke Jr., Seattle attorney.
Interests Are Described
Together with members of the immediate Scripps family, the witness said the television applicants have varying interests in daily newspapers in Provo and Logan, Utah; Kalispell, Mont.; Coeur d’Alene, Wallace and Pocatello, Idaho; and The Dalles, Ore.
They also have radio stations at Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Pocatello, and a television construction permit at Pocatello.
On the stand only briefly before the noon recess, Scripps testified that the newspapers with which the group is associated have a circulation of only 8020 within the area to be served by the proposed television station. This compares, he said, with a circulation of 131,555 in the same area by newspapers not associated with the television venture.
He said he plans no participation in the day-to-day operation of the station but would be available two days a week for consultation on its problems.
Thursday, June 4, 1953