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If you belong to a public service or watchdog organization interested in publicly signing onto our Fox petition effort, please email info@MediaAndDemocracyProject.org with the subject “Organization Sign-On.”
On July 3, 2023, the Media and Democracy Project (MAD) filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a Petition to Deny the broadcast license renewal application for Fox Television Stations, LLC (FTS) owned television station FOX 29 Philadelphia (WTXF-TV). The ultimate parent entity of FTS is Fox Corporation.
As FCC broadcast licensees, FTS, Fox Corporation (FOX) and Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch are required to operate their broadcast stations in the public interest. They must also conform to the FCC's established character qualifications for broadcast licensees. In our petition, we argue that as revealed in the Dominion settlement documents, the same ownership (FOX Television Stations and the Murdochs) knowingly permitted the broadcast of election lies on Fox News and that this “shocks the conscience,” and fails to meet the “character qualification” to remain public interest broadcast licensees. In total, FOX owns 29 broadcast local TV stations - including WTXF - in addition to the cable Fox News Channel.
Our petition has received vocal public support from a respected bipartisan group of FCC veterans and media experts who agree that the FCC must hold a hearing to determine whether FTS, Fox Corporation and the Murdochs can continue as licensees of the public airwaves. As a result of our effort and broad support, the FCC has opened our petition to public comment—a rare step that demonstrates the Commission’s seriousness and desire for public feedback.