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DID FOX & MURDOCH LUCK OUT ON FCC RECOMMENDATION?
Published April 24, 1995
While most papers reported over the weekend that the FCC is considering a proposal to force News Corp. Chair Rupert Murdoch to restructure his ownership of Fox and its O&Os (see THE DAILY, 4/21), this morning's DAILY VARIETY is reporting that Washington insiders say "Fox dodged a bullet by avoiding an FCC 'designation for hearing'" -- a process that would "cripple Murdoch's expansion plans for several years" as FCC staffers weighed whether Fox's TV station licenses should be revoked (DAILY VARIETY, 4/24). As for the current FCC recommendation, Murdoch laid blame on FCC Chair Reed Hundt, whom he said has "led an attack on our company acting as both prosecutor and judge and using clearly prejudicial procedures" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/24).