US responsibility and ethics body calls for FOX licences to be revoked

Editor | 23-08-2012

TheCitizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is calling upon US broadcast regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny renewal of three broadcast licenses held by FOX television stations.

The body, which says that it is dedicated topromoting ethics and accountability in government and public life, filed its petition to deny renewal of three FOX broadcast licences set to expire in October 2012 on the grounds that it believes that under US law broadcast frequencies may be used only by people of “good character,” who will serve “the public interest,” and speak with “candor (sic)”. Given the phone hacking scandal involving fellow News Corp-owned newspapers in the UK, such criteria, CREW insists, have not met by the FOX stations.

“It is well-established that News Corp has been involved in one of the biggest media scandals of all time,” asserted CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “Retaining US broadcast licenses is a privilege, not a right. Based on its egregious actions, News Corp should lose that privilege.”

This is not the first time that CREW has petitioned the FC to take action against Rupert Murdoch’s corporation, demanding unsuccessfully in May 2012 that the regulator revoke News Corp.’s 27 US broadcast licences.