Want to read all of the latest Fox News headlines on your mobile phone? There’s an app for that—except its not actually owned or produced by Fox.
An independent company called RIV Creations has created a string of media applications for Apple’s iPhone, including one called “Mobile News Pro – Fair & Balanced,” which aggregates headlines from FoxNews.com’s mobile site—and uses the network’s logo and trademark.
The problem is that RIV doesn’t have Fox News’ permission to do any of this, which has raised the attention of officials at the network. Mediaweek has learned that in late December Fox filed a formal complaint with Apple to have the 99-cent application removed, which officials at the network have confirmed.
Thus far, according to sources, Apple has moved slowly on addressing this complaint and has taken no action toward removing the application. RIV Creations has reached out to Fox directly in an effort to better cooperate, but the dispute remains unresolved.
Fox is not the only media company to have its content featured in an application created by RIV, which features the slogan “Our company is dedicated to making quality iPhone and iTouch applications” on its site. Among the company’s applications are a New York Times Mobile News Reader, a CNET Mobile News Reader, along with similar apps for BBC and Drudge Report.
The company also produces non-media applications promising services such as converting photos to black and white to an app that promises stress relief.
Apple officials were unable to comment for this story.