Friday, September 14, 2018

Senator Cruz Urges FCC To Block Sale Of XEWW Radio

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must block the sale of a Mexican radio station over concerns the station will be used for Chinese information warfare, according to Sen. Ted Cruz.

According to The Free Beacon, Cruz stated in a letter sent Tuesday to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that the commission should not approve the radio station deal because government regulations permit halting the sale of stations when there is anticipated "objectionable programming and harmful interference by foreign stations."

"The Chinese Communist Party (CPC) is waging an information warfare campaign to undermine American democracy," said Cruz (R., Texas).

"The decision before the commission risks allowing the CPC to broadcast government-approved propaganda into Southern California, one of the most densely populated regions in America of Mandarin speakers, to boost that warfare campaign."

The senator was responding to a report in the Washington Free Beacon revealing a plan by Phoenix TV, a Hong Kong-based broadcaster tied to the Chinese government and intelligence services, to purchase a large radio AM station near Tijuana, Mexico.

The FCC must approve the sale under a U.S.-Mexico agreement governing foreign broadcasts that reach the United States.

XEWW 690 AM (77 Kw-D, 50 Kw-N, DA2)
Cruz urged Pai to reject the application from the New York financial firm H&H Capital Partners to buy station XEWW-AM near Tijuana "given the unresolved and undisclosed details surrounding the application."

There are signs Phoenix TV is linked to radio deal, the senator said.

Cruz said the FCC application by H&H is misleading in stating that the buyers are U.S. nationals.

"Phoenix Satellite Television U.S. is a subsidiary of Beijing Phoenix TV, based in Hong Kong," the senator stated.

"The People's Republic of China (PRC) exerts control over Chinese media and the control extends to Phoenix," he added.

The H&H filing dismissed concerns that XEWW would be used to deliver Chinese propaganda as "unfounded."

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