Group protests WTMJ, files legal challenges

CREATED Nov 20, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - A group that monitors media outlets is demonstrating against Newsradio 620 WTMJ, calling for federal regulators to pull the station's broadcasting license.

Media Action Center (MAC) of Wisconsin released details of legal challenges Tuesday in a news conference outside WTMJ's studios on Capitol Drive.

"These legal challenges, unlike citizen petitions, can deny the stations' right to broadcast to the greater community of Milwaukee," reads a statement from MAC.

The organization is taking issue with the station's coverage of the Governor Walker recall campaign.  It is also voicing similar complaints against a second Milwaukee station, Newstalk 1130 WISN.

"WTMJ gave supporters of Governor Walker an estimated $1 million in free airtime, while refusing any access to supporters of the other side, in a clear violation of federal law," claims MAC.

The FCC  is expected to rule on the case by December 1st.

Newsradio 620 WTMJ is run by the same company that owns TODAY'S TMJ4 and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.