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GROUP MOVES TO CHALLENGE FOX’S TV LICENSES

August 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Even while News Corp has been seeking to distance itself from the turmoil enveloping its British newspapers by planning to spin off its print division, a Washington DC consumers group is seeking the revocation of the media conglomerate’s TV licenses. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on Wednesday filed a petition with the FCC asking the agency to deny renewal licenses of Fox-owned WTTG and WDCA in Washington and WUTB in Baltimore, which come up for renewal in October. The group has precedent on its side. In the 1980s, the FCC yanked the licenses of stations owned by RKO General after it determined that the parent company had engaged in “anticompetitive and possibly illegal” reciprocal trade practices. The commission noted that while “this misconduct was not directly related to RKO’s broadcasting activities … such non-broadcast misconduct called into question the character qualifications of the licensee and its ability to serve the public interest.” [Full disclosure: The writer was a member of Future Broadcasting, the group that successfully challenged the licenses of RKO General-owned radio stations KHJ-AM and KRTH-FM in Los Angeles and was awarded their licenses.]