Monday came and went at the Federal Communications Commission, but the agency appears no closer to deciding whether Fox Inc. topper Rupert Murdoch will be handed a permanent waiver of commission rules to allow him to buy the New York Post.
Weeks ago, Murdoch asked the FCC to make a decision by June 1 on whether he will be allowed to buy the Post.
For the deal to go through, the commission must waive its cross-ownership rules that bar common ownership of a TV station and daily newspaper in the same market. (Murdoch holds a controlling interest in Fox O&O WNYW-TV.)
FCC sources said Monday that a decision on the Murdoch waiver request is still at least a week away. “It’s a close call,” said one staffer.
The controversial waiver petition is being opposed by the Caucus for Media Diversity, the New York chapter of the NAACP and the National Black Media Coalition. Supporters of the petition include New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.