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FCC REPORTEDLY SPLIT ON FOX PROBE
Published April 26, 1995
FCC regulators are "divided over whether to penalize" Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. as the 17-month investigation of Fox's ownership nears an end, according to Paul Farhi of the WASHINGTON POST. The probe centers on whether Fox TV is a foreign-owned corporation and must be restuructured if the network is to own local stations. Sources familiar with the debate told the POST that commission members are "sufficiently apart" and that it is "unlikely" the FCC will vote to adopt a staff recommendation that News Corp.'s stake in ownership of Fox stations be reduced to less than the 25% limit for a foreign company (WASHINGTON POST, 4/26). Two "powerful" House Republicans have "attacked" an FCC plan to force the restructuring, according to yesterday's VARIETY. Reps. Jack Fields (R-TX) and Mike Oxley (R-OH) are said to oppose any sanctions (VARIETY/N.Y. POST, 4/26). SEE YOU IN SYDNEY? After meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, with IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, Murdoch reiterated his intention to bid on the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. IOC Marketing Dir Michael Payne said negotiations with U.S. networks will be held this summer. Payne: "Our concern has always been only to negotiate and discuss with those broadcasters and networks that can guarantee complete penetration of the marketand free access to the public. Fox is now on equal footing with the three networks. They can deliver the Olympics and other sports events to all homes in America" (AP/Mult., 4/26).