A San Francisco public TV station WANTED to run political ads. That's problem No. 1.
So, it sued the FCC after being fined for so doing.
Now, the biggie. A three-judge appellate court group (in what's supposed to be a liberal appellate circuit) said, on 2-1 vote, the FCC was wrong.
The court said the political ads are in "public interest." And, since politics is, in some nebulous way, nonprofit, the court let stand bans on for-profit ads.
Can, and will, PBS simply jerk this station's license/franchise? Or, if
not immediately jerk, at least non-renew? Unfortunately, Wikipedia says its already NOT a PBS affiliate. Nonetheless, the ruling could have fallout at PBS stations, too. And NPR, of course.