FCC Investigating WWOR for N.J. Programming, Staff

The FCC is reviewing Fox-owned WWOR/My9.

At issue, the feds are examining whether WWOR, based in Secaucus, NJ, aired the correct amount of New Jersey programming, and had the  required minimum staff.

The FCC is considering Fox’s request to renew WWOR’s operating license, which was granted decades ago on the condition it be a New Jersey-based broadcaster.

The FCC “is investigating allegations concerning the accuracy, completeness, and truthfulness of representations made by Fox” about New Jersey staff and programming, as part of a license-renewal application for WWOR, William T. Lake, chief of the commission’s media bureau, said in a letter yesterday.

Reportedly, the FCC wants WWOR to provide specifics on how much programming it was airing and how many people worked in their Secaucus facilities on a series of dates when station officials had communicated with the commission.

“We look forward to responding to the FCC’s inquiry, and we are confident that upon review of all facts and applicable law, the FCC will recognize that these unwarranted claims hold no merit,” a Fox Television Stations spokesperson says in a statement.