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rainbow4321 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-05 03:32 PM
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Fired Fox reporters want to deny Tampa station renewal license
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TAMPA (January 3, 2005)-For what is believed to be the first time
ever, two television journalists have challenged the broadcast license of a station on grounds it deliberately broadcast false and distorted news reports.

Veteran reporters Jane Akre and Steve Wilson filed the petition
Monday against WTVT Fox-13 in Tampa, a unit of Rupert Murdoch's Fox
Television empire.


The formal Petition To Deny the station's pending license renewal
presents the Federal Communications Commission with 98 pages of what the journalists say is "clear and convincing support for the claim that the licensee is not operating in the public interest and lacks the good character to do so."


In 1998, the two filed a civil court lawsuit seeking employee
protections under the state Whistleblower Act that resulted in a
$425,000 jury award to Akre. That verdict was then overturned in
2003 when an appeals court accepted Fox's defense that since it is not technically against any law, rule, or regulation for a broadcaster to distort the news, the journalists were never entitled to employee protections as whistleblowers in the first place.

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