New Knocks on FoxCREDO tells FCC to revoke broadcast license held by Rupert Murdoch’s media empire 5/14/2012 12:01:00 AM Eastern
CREDO Action was one of a number of
groups pressing the Federal Communications
Commission last week to investigate News
Corp.’s fitness as a TV station licensee with
its Fox Television Stations unit.
The key to that push was a U.K. parliamentary
finding that Rupert Murdoch was
“not a fit person to exercise stewardship of a
major international company,” which came in
the wake of revelations about News Corp.’s
phone-hacking scandal in Britain.
CREDO, which offers credit card (Working
Assets) and phone services with a cut going
toward “progressive” campaigns, told followers
to get this message out: “Tell the FCC: Enforce
the law. Revoke the broadcast licenses held by
Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.” The message
got out, including via the tweetisphere.
News Corp. had no response, but Murdoch
tweeted last week: “One or two tweets on FCC
okay, but hundreds identical Just phoney and
abuses twitter. By the way, what law?”
“The law requires that the FCC consider
the ‘character’ of media owners when deciding
whether to grant, deny or revoke a broadcast
license,” CREDO said on its Website.
No congressional hearings have been
scheduled on the issue, but two weeks
ago, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) asked
Parliament for any new information on the
investigation, prompting media concentration
critic Free Press to send Rockefeller a thankyou
letter containing what it said was 70,000
signatures asking him to hold hearings.