Joseph DiScipio L’95, SVP, Legal and FCC Compliance for Fox Television, Discusses Political and Issues Advertising with DCEx Students
Students from the Fall 2018 DCEx Program were recently hosted by Distinguished Guest Lecturer Joseph DiScipio L’95 at the 21st Century Fox offices. DiScipio is the Senior Vice President, Legal and FCC Compliance at Fox Television Stations LLC. He is responsible for all FCC regulatory matters relating to the Fox owned-and-operated television stations; negotiating retransmission consent and other distribution agreements; spectrum matters; merger and acquisition activity; and other special projects.
In preparation for the seminar, participants viewed political candidate and issue-related advertisements. During the seminar, DiScipio reviewed some current cases, and students worked with DiScipio to conduct step-by-step substantiation for a few unusual commercials. Substantiation comprised comparing the claims made in the advertisement to facts collected from the public record. This exercise was followed by a discussion related to the realities in maintaining the brand’s ethical reputation, a candidate's FCC rights to access the public through media, and sustaining ad revenues.
According to Faculty Director of Externship Programs Terry L. Turnipseed, the seminar’s topics resulted in a "genuinely engaging and timely discussion at a juncture when viewers are inundated with political ads on television and social media."