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Sen. Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the committee that oversees the FCC, has asked for evidence relating to "questionable practices" of Rupert Murdoch's operations in the United States, The Guardian reported.

Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate committee on commerce, science and transportation, has written to Lord Justice Leveson, who leads the British judicial inquiry into media ethics, asking if he has uncovered any evidence relating questionable practices in the US.
The Senate committee has final say on the issuing of broadcast licences, including the 27 licences issued to the Fox TV network that is the jewel in Murdoch's crown.

The Guardian links to Sen. Rockefeller's letter (PDF), which

also asks for details emerging from the Leveson inquiry that indicated whether any News Corp executives based in New York were aware of illegal payments made by News of the World to British police and other public officials. "I would be very concerned if evidence emerged suggesting that News Corporation officials in New York were also aware of these illegal payments and did not act to stop them."
Very concerned, indeed, since Colin Myler, editor of the defunct and disgraced News of the World is now editor of Mort Zuckerman's New York Daily News. "misled Parliament", saying that only one rogue reporter was involved in phone-hacking at NOTW. Myler has been at the New York Daily News only four months.
Rockefeller's intervention was triggered by the final report of the British parliament's culture, media and sport select committee, which concluded that Murdoch was not fit to run a major international company. It comes two weeks after Mark Lewis, a British lawyer at the forefront of the phone-hacking investigations, opened investigations into four cases of alleged phone hacking that occurred in the US.
Although some of Lewis's US clients have chosen to remain unnamed, a new one emerged today: actress Koo Stark, who was told by the police she was hacked by NOTW. Lewis is working with NY attorney Norman Seigel, former head of the New York ACLU.

Just this morning Kossack joel jp posted a "Deep Doo-Doo" diary about Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington asking that the Fox News licenses be revoked:

“Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski asking the FCC to revoke the 27 Fox broadcast licenses News Corp. holds in the United States. Under U.S. law, broadcast frequencies may be used only by people of good “character,” who will serve “the public interest,” and speak with “candor.”  Significant character deficiencies may warrant disqualification from holding a license.”


Sen. Rockefeller's involvement with the commerce committee will add to the FBI's ongoing investigation of Newscorp in the U.S.

Buh-bye, Fox?

Updated with typo corrections - h/t norbalish

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