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                         Before the
              Federal Communications Commission
                   Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of                  )
EL MUNDO BROADCASTING             )   NAL/Acct. No. 200132080002
CORPORATION                       )   Facility Nos. 19099, 9352
Licensee of Stations WKAQ(AM),    )
San Juan, PR                      )
and WUKQ(AM), Ponce, PR

                      FORFEITURE ORDER

     Adopted:   February 16, 2001                 Released:   
February 20, 2001

By the Chief, Enforcement Bureau:

     1.   In this Order, we impose a forfeiture of $4,000 on 
El  Mundo   Broadcasting  Corporation  (``El   Mundo'')  for 
violating  Section 73.1206  of  the  Commission's rules1  by 
recording and  broadcasting a telephone conversation  on two 
occasions on  one station without first  informing the party 
to the conversation of its intention to do so. 

     2.   On  October  24,  2000,  we  issued  a  Notice  of 
Apparent Liability (``NAL'') for $6,000, based on El Mundo's 
prior indication  in response  to a  staff inquiry  that the 
complained of May 8,  2000, telephone conversation was aired 
on  both WKAQ(AM)  and WUKQ(AM).   On this  point, El  Mundo 
explains  that  it  accepted the  complainant's  contentions 
without  examination.   In response  to  the  NAL, El  Mundo 
asserts that  it answered  the staff's  inquiry erroneously, 
failing to  realize that, at  the time of the  broadcast, it 
did not yet own WUKQ(AM), which it did not acquire until May 
10, 2000.   El Mundo  further asserts that  WUKQ(AM)'s prior 
owner, Pontifical  Catholic University  of Puerto  Rico, did 
not air  any programming from El  Mundo on May 8,  2000.  El 
Mundo argues that since  the NAL specifically compounded the 
forfeiture amount  based on the  fact that it  broadcast the 
prohibited telephone  conversation on  more than one  of its 
stations, a reduction is  warranted because it broadcast the 
conversation on  only one station.   We agree, and  impose a 
forfeiture for the base amount of $4,000. 2 

     3.   Accordingly,  IT  IS   ORDERED,  that  El  Mundo's 
``petition for reconsideration'' filed November 22, 2000, IS 
GRANTED to  the extent  that we approve  a reduction  of the 
proposed forfeiture amount from $6,000 to $4,000.

     4.   IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, pursuant to Section 503(b) 
of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended,3 and Sections 
0.111, 0.311 and 1.80 of the Commission's rules,4 El Mundo 
Broadcasting Corporation, licensee of Stations WKAQ(AM), San 
Juan, PR, and WUKQ(AM), Ponce, PR, shall FORFEIT to the 
United States the sum of Four Thousand Dollars ($4,000.00), 
for willfully and repeatedly violating Section 73.1206 of 
the Commission's rules.

     5.   IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a copy of this 
Forfeiture Order shall be sent by Certified Mail - Return 
Receipt Requested, to J. Richard Carr, Esq., 5528 Trent 
Street, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815. 


                         David H. Solomon
                         Chief, Enforcement Bureau


1 47 C.F.R.  73.1206.

2 47 C.F.R.  1.80(b)(4); Forfeiture Policy Statement, 12 
FCC Rcd 17087 (1997), recon. denied,  15 FCC Rcd 303 (1999). 

3 47 U.S.C.  503(b).

4 47 C.F.R.  0.111, 0.311, and 1.80.