Could News Corp lose right to broadcast in the US

Thu Jul 21 21:12:15 EDT 2011

The Red Lion case was one of two highly publicized cases that involved
right-wing religious broadcsters with AMs licensed to Philadelphia
suburbs (assuming that you accept that Red Lion is a Philly suburb;
IIRC, it's rather far from Philly to be called a suburb). The other
was WXUR 690, a daytimer licensed to Media PA. Media is on the Main
Line, so it definitely qualifies as a Philly suburb. IIRC, WXUR was
owned by Rev. Carl McIntyre. I don't remember what the issue was, but
I'm pretty sure that WXUR ultimately lost its licnese. It took quite a
few years for it to do so, however.

Dan Strassberg (
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sid Schweiger" <>
To: "Karen McTrotsky" <>
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Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2011 8:00 PM
Subject: Re: Could News Corp lose right to broadcast in the US

> "I'm not sure Sid Schweiger is quite right on the notion of the  FCC
>> convening a hearing to revoke a license of someone convicted of a
>> crime."
> I've been wrong before and shall be wrong again.  I'm used to it by
> now.
> However, I never said and/or meant that the FCC convenes revocation
> hearings on its own motion.  Typically, as in the cases you cited, a
> party of interest "notified" the FCC of what had happened.
>> "I admit I do not know how the question of the fitness of Red Lion
>> to
>> operate WGCB came before the commission except to note that it
>> involved a
>> refusal to obey an FCC rule despite an order to do so, which is
>> distinguished from the fitness issue."
> Red Lion was a test of both the Fairness Doctrine and the
> personal-attack rule, both of which WGCB willfully and repeatedly
> violated, and despite an FCC order to provide journalist Fred J.
> Cook with time to reply to an editorial attack on him (first asking
> the station and then notifying the FCC that the station had
> refused), the station challenged the FD and the attack rule in
> court.  The case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, which
> found the rules constitutional.  Cook got his time, but long after
> most listeners would have forgotten what the fuss was about in the
> first place.  IIRC WGCB lost its license subsequent to the SCOTUS
> case after a challenge at renewal time, based on the court case and
> its overall record of rule violations.
> Sid Schweiger
> IT Manager, Entercom Boston LLC
> 20 Guest St / 3d Floor
> Brighton MA. 02135-2040

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