Ethics Watchdog Calls For FCC To Revoke News Corp. Licenses
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington wants the Federal Communications Commission to revoke News Corporation's broadcast license after a British parliamentary panel ruled that CEO James Murdoch is not fit to lead his global media empire.
The U.K. report is tied to the phone hacking scandal that rocked News Corp.'s businesses in Britain. The controversy has failed to cross the Atlantic in any significant way, but CREW said that needs to change.
"Under U.S. law, broadcast frequencies may be used only by people of good 'character,' who will serve 'the public interest,' and speak with 'candor,'" the group wrote in a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. "Significant character deficiencies may warrant disqualification from holding a license."
News Corp. holds 27 Fox broadcast licenses in the U.S. Last year Genachowski said he did not expect to get involved in the case. The FCC decline to comment further.