Murdoch’s Fox TV licenses seen surviving UK scandal | Reuters
The only other way a license can be lifted is by revocation, which is a years-long process in which the FCC has an extremely high burden of proof,” said Schwartzman, long-time policy director of the recently closed public interest law firm Media Access Project.
Murdoch and his $50 billion global media empire have been mired in the explosive phone hacking and bribery scandal since last summer, when evidence emerged that the now-shuttered News of the World tabloid hacked into voicemails of a missing British schoolgirl. News Corp and its 81-year-old chief executive are the subject of multiple British inquiries.
The FBI last summer opened its own investigation into possible phone hacking or other illegal reporting activities in the United States. Private lawyers have pursued their own inquiry into whether News of the World hacked the phones of 9/11 victims.
To date, however, the FBI inquiry has found no evidence such practices were employed by journalists in the United States, a law enforcement source said.
“My guess is what happened in London, stays in London,” said former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt.
The FCC and News Corp declined to comment for this story.