WASHINGTON – The Federal Communications Fee agreed to resume Channel 9’s broadcast license even after the Secaucus-based station jettisoned its every day New Jersey newscast, and U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez need Congress to learn how it occurred.
The 2 Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday requested the Authorities Accountability Workplace, the investigative arm of Congress, to have a look at how the FCC handles license renewals underneath the 1934 Communications Act.
“We expect the newest resolution by the FCC to resume the license for WWOR-TV (licensed to Secaucus, New Jersey) means that there are issues with the license renewal course of,” the senators wrote to the GAO.
2 senators blast FCC and Channel 9
Amongst their considerations: how FCC appears on the wants of the area people in deciding whether or not to resume a license and the way it ensures that broadcasters stay as much as their obligations underneath the regulation to serve the general public curiosity.
Stated Erica Keane, a spokeswoman for the Fox Tv Stations group: “WWOR-TV absolutely complied with the Communications Act and the FCC intensive renewal course of took over 11 years.”
Earlier this month, the lawmakers requested the FCC to reverse its resolution to resume the license. The senators stated then that Channel 9 “did not stay as much as its obligations to the folks of New Jersey.”
WWOR dropped its native newscast division in 2013 and now airs a program referred to as “Chasing Information,” which is also seen on Fox-owned WNYW-TV Channel 5 in New York and WTXF-TV Channel 29 in Philadelphia.
Menendez, particularly, has been a long-time critic of Channel 9, which Rupert Murdoch’s Information Corp. purchased in 2001. It now’s owned by Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.
In 2013, Menendez sought a “immediate and thorough evaluation” of Channel 9’s broadcast license following the cancellation of the night information program.
Channel 9 moved to Secaucus from New York in 1983 as a situation of its then-owner, RKO, retaining the station’s license.
“The WWOR-TV license makes clear – and the FCC has confirmed on a number of events – that WWOR has particular obligations to serve North Jersey,” the senators stated.