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Fox Under Investigation by FCC Over Operation of One of Its TV Stations

Feb 18, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The Fox Network is under investigation by the Federal Communications Commission over its operation of one of its stations, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.

The story says the issue is the staffing level and the amount of local programming carried by WWOR-TV, based in Seacaucus, N.J. The station has been criticized by watchdogs and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) for not airing enough coverage of the state.

The FCC is focused on whether the News Corp.-owned network has tried to mislead regulators about the operation of the station. The agency sent a letter to Fox Thursday saying the agency needs to determine whether Fox and WWOR intentionally provided "material factual information that was incorrect" or is guilty of "intentionally omitting material information," the article notes.

The piece points out that although WWOR is based in New Jersey, it’s considered a station that serves New York, and that Fox has combined much of the operations of WWOR and WNYW-TV, based in New York. A Fox spokeswoman said the company will respond to the FCC’s request and is confident "these unwarranted claims hold no merit.”

2 Comments

  1. Channel 9 never wanted to move to NJ in the first place, but did it under a previous ownership to avoid penalties, heralded by then senator Bill Bradley to improve the state’s economy.
    Fox has wanted to move WWOR to NYC the second they bought it, but has remained due to the millions in litigation that would take place.
    I don’t expect this the last time that NJ pols complain that WWOR doesn’t have enough NJ content.

  2. Just a correction for you–*Secaucus 🙂 Thanks and have a nice weekend.

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