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NBC DROPS FOREIGN OWNERSHIP COMPLAINT AGAINST FOX
Published February 21, 1995
NBC announced Friday that it has withdrawn a request for a government ruling on the legality of Fox Broadcasting's ownership. The decision to drop the request came after News Corp. agreed to carry NBC programming on its Asian satellite broadcasting system. "Dropping the request allowed NBC to resume a 'normal business relationship' with Fox" (Paul Farhi, WASHINGTON POST, 2/18). The FCC will proceed with a decision on the complaints brought by NBC, but several execs close to the dispute said News Corp. Chair Rupert Murdoch was "gambling that removal of NBC [from the complaint] ... would make it easier" for the FCC to find a way to resolve the foreign ownership issues "on a basis favorable to Fox" (Bill Carter, N.Y. TIMES, 2/18).