Federal Communications Commission vs. Fox Television Stations Inc

2950 WordsOct 24, 201012 Pages
In the case of the Federal Communications Commission vs. Fox Television Stations Inc., I will discuss the background and the role of the FCC in the United States, the history of Fox Television Stations Inc. and analyze the arguments of both sides. Based on those arguments I will answer the question did the Supreme Court get it right on the decision of this case. “The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was created when Congress passed the Communications Act in 1934 which abolished the Federal Radio Commission and transferred jurisdiction of radio licensing to the Federal Communications Commission. This also included the telecommunications jurisdiction which was previously handled by the Interstate Commerce Commission. The…show more content…
After the Metromedia deal was made Murdoch purchased Davis's shares and News Corporation assumed complete control of 20th Century Fox. Initially Fox Television Station was a semi-autonomous unit in which News Corporation owned over 99 percent of the equity, but only 24 percent of the voting power. The balance was held personally by Murdoch. During this particular era the Federal Communications Commission regulations stated it prohibited foreign interests or non-American citizens from controlling more than 25 percent of an FCC licensed broadcast station. Though News Corporation was still based in Australia Murdoch became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1985 and the transfer of majority voting to Murdoch was now sufficient” (http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_Television_Stations). As of today, Rupert Murdoch is still the chairman and controlling shareholder of News Corporation and believes that all forms of media should not be free during this era of global media empires (http://topics.nytimes.com). “The main concern of this case was the adequacy of the Federal Communications Commission’s explanation of its decision that it sometimes forbids broadcasting of indecent expletives even when the offensive words are not repeated and if the FCC has the power to punish the station for the vulgarity” (FCC v. Fox, 2009, p. 1). The broadcasting stationed believed this was violating the

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