Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 4:36am
GROUPS PETITION FCC TO REVERSE CROSSOWNERSHIP DECISION
[SOURCE: Broadcasting&Cable, AUTHOR: John Eggerton]
The United Church of Christ and Rainbow/PUSH have petitioned the FCC to reverse its decision to grant a permanent waiver of the newspaper/broadcast crossownership ban to News Corp. for WNYW(TV) and extend a temporary waiver for WWOR(TV) New York. New Corp. also owns The New York Post and would have to sell either the paper or the stations without the waiver. â€œThese repeated and extended waivers by the FCC essentially allow some companies to operate above the law.â€ said Cheryl Leanza, managing director of UCC, â€œWhile in rare cases the FCC can make a justified exception to its rules, this wavier is inappropriate.â€ The groups complain that the waiver was issued behind closed doors and challenge Fox's character as a licensee.