Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Melanie Sloan: Campaign Letter to Revoke FCC License of News Corp. @ CREW
In light of a report released last week by Great Britain’s House of Commons, CREW renewed the call for an investigation into whether Rupert and James Murdoch are fit to hold broadcast licenses in the United States. In our latest letter to Congress, Public Citizen, CREDO Action, Nell Minow of GMI Ratings, and West Virginia Citizen Action Group joined us.
News Corp. owns 27 U.S. broadcast licenses. It’s the job of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make sure broadcast licensees adhere to a standard of conduct and character. If owners don’t meet the standard their licenses can be revoked.
The ability to broadcast on American airwaves is a privilege, not a right, reserved for those with good character who serve the public interest and speak with candor. The ongoing investigation into the News Corp. phone hacking scandal and its cover-up show that both Rupert and James Murdoch have continually failed to meet these obligations.
I appeared on C-Span’s Washington Journal last Thursday to talk about our actions. Here are some edited excerpts from that segment that help clarify which laws have been broken and what we’re asking the FCC to do:
Also, our friends at CREDO Action have a petition calling on the FCC to revoke the broadcast licenses held by Rupert Murdoch's media empire. If you’d like to add your voice, click here.
CREW’s policy director, Jeremy Miller, has written a blog post about our latest action. Click here to learn more about the letter we sent yesterday to the House and Senate Commerce Committees.
Thank you for standing with us as we build a better Washington.