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A watchdog group in Washington is telling the Federal Communication Commission that the hacking scandal plaguing Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is enough reason to revoke the media mogul’s broadcasting license in the States.
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter to the FCC this week demanding that the federal agency that oversees America’s airwaves suspend the more than two dozen licenses issued to News Corp. that permits them to publish content to Fox affiliates from coast-to-coast. Citing a recent review by Great Britain’s House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, CREW insists that the condemnation out of the UK is enough reason to come down on News Corp. state-side.
“Under US law, broadcast frequencies may be used only by people of good ‘character,’ who will serve ‘the public interest,’ and speak with ‘candor’,” reads the press release issued on Monday from CREW’s DC office. “Significant character deficiencies may warrant disqualification from holding a license.”