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News Corp.’s U.S. Broadcast TV Licenses Considered Safe Despite U.K. Hacking Scandal, But Lawmakers Are ‘Keeping an Eye’ on the Company

Jul 13, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The widening U.K. phone-hacking scandal involving News Corp.-owned tabloid News of the World — and possibly extending to other News Corp. publications — isn’t likely to result in a push by U.S. regulators to revoke any of the company’s 27 broadcast television licenses, reports Bloomberg.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said Tuesday that the agency won’t involve itself in the U.K. probe of allegations that journalists at News of the World tapped into phones and paid police for information, the story says.

“Obviously there is a process going on in the U.K., and that is a U.K. process, and I don’t expect we will be involved with that,” Genachowski said. An FCC spokesman said the agency wouldn’t comment on the licensing question.

A spokesman for U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the subcommittee overseeing communications policy, said he doesn’t plan to take any action, but added, "We’re keeping an eye on the situation," the article notes.

Nevertheless, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) said "appropriate agencies" should look into whether News Corp. broke U.S. laws, according to B&C.

The U.K. allegations raise "serious questions about whether the company has broken U.S. law," Rockefeller said in a statement.

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