In an unusual development, the FCC’s Media Bureau launched an investigation into claims that Fox Television, the licensee of WWOR-TV in Secaucus, New Jersey, misrepresented to the FCC the extent of its news programming and staffing in FCC ex parte filings that relate to the station’s long-pending license renewal application. Filed four years ago, the WWOR renewal is being contested by Free Press, the Media Access Project, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and other groups that have complained, among other things, about the station’s lack of news and other local programs that address issues of concern to WWOR viewers throughout northern New Jersey. One such opponent, Voice for New Jersey, alleges that WWOR—the only full-power commercial TV station in the state—overstated to the FCC the extent of its New Jersey news and public affairs program content and the personnel employed at its Secaucus station. According to the allegations, Fox cut WWOR’s sole daily newscast from one hour to 30 minutes and relocated most of the station’s operations to WNYW, a Fox affiliate in New York City, between 2008 and 2009. In a letter of inquiry addressed to Fox, FCC Media Bureau Chief Bill Lake indicated that the bureau was investigating whether Fox intentionally provided the FCC with “material factual information that was incorrect” and whether Fox had failed “to notify the Commission as promptly as possible . . . of any change in circumstances that rendered its [renewal] application no longer substantially accurate and complete in all significant respects.” The letter also asks Fox to specify when it last aired a regularly-scheduled, nightly newscast of an hour in length and when it last aired any public affairs program on a weekly basis. The letter also requested that, for any such program that was reduced or canceled, Fox “state the name of the program, the date of cancellation or reduction, and the name of any replacement program that the station produced and aired.” Promising a full response to the FCC’s inquiry, a Fox spokesman said, “we are confident that, upon review of all facts and applicable law, the FCC will recognize that these unwarranted claims hold no merit.”