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F.c.c. Orders Inquiry into Charges That Radio Station Owner “slanted” News Against Jews

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday ordered a full-scale investigation of charges that G.A. Richards, owner of radio stations KMPC, Los Angeles, WJR, Detroit and WGAR, Cleveland, ordered his newscasters to “slant” news against Jews and others.

Mr. Richards was ordered to appear before the Commission, which will hear the evidence. Earlier, he petitioned the F.C.C. to approve a transfer of voting control of his stock in an effort to avoid a public hearing on his qualifications to continue as a radio station licensee.

Will Maslow, general counsel of the American Jewish Congress, hailed the decision as being of “tremendous significance” in preserving the United States from “the poison of hatred deliberately spread by those who abuse the privilege of being licensed to utilize media of communication like radio.”