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Fcc Withdraws License from Radio Station Charged with Broadcasting Hate Commentaries

The Federal Communications Commission, which has rarely removed a broadcast license, even for programming that some have found racially or religiously offensive, has voted unanimously to withdraw the license of WXUR, Media, Pa, which had been charged with “highly racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Negro and anti-Roman Catholic” content. That charge was first made in 1966 by local clergymen opposing the programming practices of the station’s licensee, the Faith Theological Seminary. The outlet regularly broadcast commentaries by the seminary’s right-wing president, the Rev. Carl McIntire. The 7-0 F.C.C. decision last Thursday, which overruled a hearing examiner, accused WXUR of failing to provide opposing viewpoints and of ignoring its obligation to notify subjects of on-air personal attacks of their right to reply. The Commission ordered the station to cease operations by Sept. 1.