Jul
11
2011

Could Hack Scandal Spell Trouble for Murdoch's U.S. TV Licenses?

As noted by an account on the TVNewser blog (7/11/11), on ABC's This Week panel there was some talk of Rupert Murdoch losing his U.S. television licenses over the News of the World phone hacking scandal. There is a "character clause" for broadcast licensees, and the current scandal would go a long way towards demonstrating a certain type of bad behavior. Here's how panelist Steven Brill put it: News Corp has a lot of FCC licenses. There's still a clause in the federal communications law that requires that you have to be of good character to have such a license, […]