Democrats Call For WWOR’s License After Station Cans Nightly Newscast

STATE – Prominent Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Senate hopeful, Congressman Frank Pallone, are calling for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to review WWOR’s broadcasting license after the television station cancelled its 10 p.m. news broadcast last week.

WWOR, which is owned by News Corporation, replaced its nightly news broadcast with a new show called “Chasing New Jersey” that is hosted by former Republican congressional candidate Bill Spadea and features stories concerning New Jersey politics in a format similar to the popular entertainment show TMZ.

Pallone does not seem to believe the new show is adequate. “I believe that the current license should be revoked until you can place additional conditions on the station to ensure that WWOR is both based in New Jersey and provides local news coverage to the state,” he wrote in a letter to FCC Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn.

“New Jersey residents deserve nothing less than a fair, robust, and timely review of News Corporation’s application to renew the license for WWOR and a conclusion into the ongoing investigation about misrepresentations in the renewal proceedings,” Menendez wrote.

New Jersey Assembly Budget Chairman Vincent Prieto also called on the FCC to revoke WWOR’s license or place “very strict rules upon the station to ensure it fulfills its obligation to New Jersey.”

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