WFXW-38, FOX (TV Station)

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WFXW-38 is a Terre Haute, Indiana-based television station and a part of the FOX network.

Station Owner

Nexstar Broadcasting

Use of Video News Releases and/or Satellite Media Tours

In the 10pm news bulletin on March 6, 2006 the station broadcast an uncut version of a video news release produced by Medialink Worldwide promoting General Mills pancake products. [1]

Response

Contacted by Terre Haute's The Tribune-Star in August 2006, after the Federal Communications Commission launched an investigation into unsourced VNRs, WFXW-38 general manager Duane Lammers "said the station had yet to receive a letter from the FCC": [2]

“It was on a CNN feed, so we don’t know if it even qualifies as a [video news release] or not,” said Lammers, who is also the chief executive officer for the stations’ parent company, Nexstar Broadcasting Group. ...
“I hardly believe this is something the FCC should be worrying about, a little blurb on National Pancake Week,” he said. “Surely, our government has more important things to do … I think it’s a joke.”

Contact Details

WFXW-38 PO BOX 299
Terre Haute, IN 47808
Phone: 812-238-3838
Fax: 812-696-2755
Station Manager: Lois Mathes
Web: http://www.fox38.com/

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