Fox Asks Apple to Kill Rogue iPhone App

Want to read all of the latest Fox News headlines on your mobile phone? There’s an app for that — but it’s not owned or produced by Fox.

An independent company called RIV Creations has crafted a string of media applications for Apple’s iPhone, including one called “Mobile News Pro — Fair & Balanced,” which aggregates headlines from’s mobile site — and uses the network’s logo and trademark.

Here’s the catch: 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. Officials at the network have confirmed that such a request was made.

Thus far, according to sources, Apple has moved slowly on addressing this complaint and has taken no action to remove the application. RIV has reached out to Fox directly in an effort to forge better cooperation, but the dispute remains unresolved.

Fox is not the only media company to have its content featured in an application created by RIV. 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.

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