Could News Corp lose right to broadcast in the US

Tue Jul 19 17:23:53 EDT 2011

But if he IS convicted, he won't lose any broadcast licenses. The FCC 
will let him sell his holdings in the company/ies that hold the 
broadcast licenses. Or he will be allowed to place those holdings in a 
blind trust. He is too well connected to be stripped of any holdings, 
even if he is convicted of premeditated murder, which does not seem 

Dan Strassberg (
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sid Schweiger" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 1:14 PM
Subject: RE: Could News Corp lose right to broadcast in the US

> "The reactions from almost everyone up here seem to completely 
> overlook one key factor, namely ratings.  Whether you like Fox News 
> or not, when I last looked, viewers were still endorsing them over 
> their competitors by tuning in. As long as they don't pull the same 
> type of dirty tricks that happened in the UK, the law of supply and 
> demand should still hold in US broadcasting, no?"
> No.
> Ratings do not determine who is qualified to hold a broadcast 
> license, and one of the statutory qualifications is "character." 
> Based on past history, the FCC will convene a revocation hearing for 
> a licensee convicted of one or more crimes.
> That said:  Murdoch hasn't been convicted of a thing...yet. 
> However, as a US citizen and the principal stockholder of the News 
> Corporation, his licenses are at risk should he or another officer 
> of the licensee were to be convicted of a crime.  His US networks 
> (Fox News, Fox Business, Fox TV, etc.) are not subject to government 
> licensing.
> Sid Schweiger
> IT Manager, Entercom New England
> 20 Guest St / 3d Floor
> Brighton MA  02135-2040

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