Mundofox Petition For Waiver Of Network Representation Rule
Federal Communications Commission
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Released: February 6, 2012
MEDIA BUREAU ACTION
COMMENT DATES ESTABLISHED FOR FOX PETITION FOR EXPEDITED WAIVER
OF 47 C.F.R. § 73.658(i), THE NETWORK REPRESENTATION RULE
MB Docket No. 12-31
Comment Date: March 7, 2012
Reply Comment Date: March 22, 2012Fox Networks Group, Inc. (“Fox”), which intends to operate a Spanish-language broadcast
television network and video programming service (MundoFox Broadcasting LLC, or “MundoFox”), has
filed a petition on behalf of MundoFox’s “expected affiliate station partners” seeking a permanent waiver
of Section 73.658(i) of the Commission’s rules (47 C.F.R. §73.658(i)). This “network representation
rule” prohibits broadcast stations from being represented by their affiliated networks in the spot sales
television advertising market.1 Fox argues that this waiver is necessary to ensure a level playing field in
the U.S. Spanish-language broadcast television market because the Commission previously granted
permanent waivers of this rule to the operators of several competing Spanish-language networks.2 It also
argues that waiver of the rule is necessary for the same reasons that those earlier waivers were granted,
including the likelihood that the growth of this new foreign language network will be hampered if the
waiver is not granted. Fox also argues that consideration of this waiver should be expedited, because
such waivers have been granted to similarly situated parties, there would be no harm to the public interest,
and a delay in grant of this waiver would limit the ability of MundoFox to compete with incumbent
Spanish-language broadcasters. We seek comment on this proposed waiver and request for expedited
1 Fox Networks Group, Inc. Petition for Waiver of the Network Representation Rule and Request for Expedited
Action at 1 (filed January 23, 2012).
2 Amendment of § 73.658(i) of the Commission’s Rules, BC Docket No. 78-309, Report and Order, 5 FCC Rcd 7280
(1990) (granting permanent waivers of the rule to affiliates of Univision Communications, Inc. and Telemundo
Group, Inc.); Azteca International Corporation Petition for Waiver of Section 73.658(i) of the Commission’s Rules,
Broadcast Special Relief Petition BSR-001, Order, 18 FCC Rcd. 10662 (MB 2003) (granting a permanent waiver of
the rule to affiliates of Azteca America); Liberman Television LLC Petition for Waiver of Section 73.658(i) of the
Commission’s Rules, MB Docket No. 09-192, Order, 25 FCC Rcd. 4725 (MB 2010) (granting a permanent waiver
of the rule to affiliates of Estrella); Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. Petition for Waiver of Section 73.658(i) of the
Commission’s Rules, MB Docket No. 10-89, Order, DA 11-2041 (MB rel. Dec. 20, 2011) (granting a permanent
waiver of the rule to affiliates of MegaTV); Mambo, LLC Petition for Waiver of Section 73.658(i) of the
Commission’s Rules, MB Docket No. 10-161, Order, DA 11-2039 (MB rel. Dec. 20, 2011) (granting a permanent
waiver of the rule to affiliates of GenTV).
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR §§ 1.415, 1.419,
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