FCC opens proceeding on Fox NYC duopoly


Many media watchdogs have their problems with Rupert Murdoch, and they are particularly howling in New York City about his News Corporation, since it owns and operates two television stations and the New York Post. Licenses renewals for the TVs have come under attack, and the FCC is opening up the proceeding for your comments on a permit-but-disclose ex parte basis.

The Rainbow/Push Coalition, the United Church of Christ, Office of Communication have petitioned to deny both television licenses, Voice of New Jersey has gone after WWOR and the Tri-State "Like It Is" Coalition has filed an informal objection to WWOR's license renewal. WNYW-TV, licensed to New York, carries Fox on Channel 5; WWOR-TV, licensed to Secaucus NJ, carries MNT on Channel 9.

SmartMedia observation: The howling is only going to get louder if Murdoch makes any headway in his pursuit of the Wall Street Journal, which is a national newspaper but based in New York. And needless to say, News Corporation's recently announced plan to spin off nine of its television stations does not include either of this pair.