Fox News Violates FCC Rules for 11 years: New Jersey Residents Suffer
In 2001, Fox Television Stations purchased WWOR TV station in Secaucus, NJ even though it violated the FCC rule which prohibits a single company from owning a TV station and newspaper in the same market. The FCC permitted the purchase only on the condition that, within two years, Fox promised to come into compliance by selling one of its properties. Eleven years after the expiration of the waiver, and 13 years after the purchase, Fox still owns WWOR-TV along with WNYW-TV, the New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal, as well as other media outlets serving the New York metropolitan area. As a result, residents of New Jersey are deprived of the local news and information they would get if WWOR were run to benefit them, instead of the residents of New York City. UCC OC Inc., Rainbow/PUSH, and Voices for New Jersey filed documents this fall challenging the FCC's unwillingness to follow its own rules and procedures, and permit Fox to flagrantly ignore federal regulations. For more, see our Media Diversity Issue Page.