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FCC Vetting Complaint Against Fox Over WWOR

The FCC's Media Bureau says it is investigating allegations
against Fox's WWOR Secaucus, N.J., that Fox made either inaccurate or
incomplete statements about the staffing of the station.

Groups challenging Fox's license had complained
back in December, following up on complaints earlier in the year. Those groups
argue that Fox did not inform the FCC of various material changes to the
stations, as required, including that after "most" of WWOR-TV's
operations were relocated to New York City in 2008 and 2009, its staff, news
and public affairs programming were all cut, including one of those public
affairs shows and the move of its 10 p.m. news to 11 p.m. and cutting it to a

They say that Fox continued to talk about pre-cut newscasts and staffers in
presentations to the FCC after those cutbacks. Fox has said that those
presentations were describing the license term in question.

Fox declined comment on the issue back in December, but has
said that it did not misrepresent material facts, according to the FCC,
and says that it had "neither the motive nor intention to deceive the

"We look forward to responding to the FCC's inquiry, and we
are confident that upon review of all facts and applicable law, the FCC will
recognize that these unwarranted claims hold no merit," said a Fox
Stations spokesperson.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.