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Fox Television Shuts Down WWOR-TV News Division; VNJ Files with FCC To Demand Regulatory Response
FCC Launches Investigation of Fox Based on VNJ Filings; VNJ Documents Ongoing Issues
VNJ White Paper: Fox Misrepresents News and Public Affairs Programming
FCC Holds Public Hearing in Newark to Address Concerns Raised in VNJ Petition
VNJ Files with FCC: Seeks Public Hearing & Responds to Fox Opposition
VNJ Petitions FCC to Deny Renewal of WWOR-TV Station License
The "airwaves" are the transmission frequencies used by radio, television and satellite broadcasters, cell phone companies, and others. The airwaves are public property. While some businesses (such as cell phone companies) pay for their use of the airwaves, radio and TV broadcasters generally do not.
In exchange for licenses granting them exclusive use of airwave frequencies, broadcasters are required to provide an appropriate level of public service. These services include providing programming that serves local communities, providing free airtime for political candidates and coverage of important issues, and other responsibilities generally described as "public interest obligations."
Too often, broadcasters do not live up to the social contract of their public interest obligations. When this happens the public is denied the benefit of its bargain from those who hold station licenses.
Voice for New Jersey advocates for better broadcast media coverage in New Jersey. Our efforts include raising awareness with civic and political leaders, as well as direct advocacy with broadcasters and their federal regulatory agency, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
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