Murdoch Rewards Every Fox Employee With A $2K Bonus

Lachlan Murdoch has dug into the billion dollar revenues of his company, telling Fox Corp. employees they’re all receiving a bonus of $2,000 or more. In a note to staff, the CEO of Fox Corp., which includes Fox News and Fox Sports, announced that all staff across the company will receive the bonus.

Brian Nick Joins Fox Corp. As Chief Communications Officer

Fox Corp. has brought on a new head of communications. Brian Nick, most recently at Coca-Cola Consolidated, is joining the company as executive vice president and chief communications officer, reporting to Fox Corp. Chairman-CEO Lachlan Murdoch.

KRIV Reporter Starts Live Shot By Telling Viewers Fox is ‘Muzzling’ Her

KRIV Houston reporter Ivory Hecker started her live shot Monday by telling viewers that the station’s owner, Fox Corp., is muzzling her and she is releasing tapes to prove it. “I am going to be releasing some recordings about what goes on behind the scenes at Fox, because it applies to you, the viewers,” she said. “I found a nonprofit journalism group called Project Veritas that is going to help put that out tomorrow, so tune into them.” She then went on with her live shot.

Fox Buying Clay Travis’ Sports Media Company Outkick

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Fox Corp. Sees Sunday NFL As Best Package

“The Sunday NFC package has been the most watched NFL package for the past 16 years. Our NFC coverage is an important foundation for the Fox Network and strategically aligns with our local stations, where we own and operate the Fox affiliate in 14 of the 16 NFC markets,” Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch told analysts.

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Fox Tops Wall Street’s Quarterly Estimates

Fox Corp. beat Wall Street analysts’ forecasts for its fiscal third quarter, with results that reflected difficult comparisons with the Super Bowl period a year earlier. Earnings per share came in at 96 cents during the period ending March 31, well ahead of analysts’ consensus for 58 cents. Total revenue reached $3.22 billion, about $100 million ahead of the Street but down from $3.44 billion in the same quarter in 2020. Affiliate revenue increased 10%, powered by an 18% gain in the Television unit.

Fox Corp. Names Chung Chief Growth Officer

Fox Corp. is looking to turbocharge its digital business. To help it push into new business areas, the company has named Steve Chung its first chief growth officer. Fox says Chung will “focus on identifying and developing new digital business opportunities across existing and emerging growth categories.” Chung will report to Paul Cheesbrough, Fox CTO and president of digital.

Tubi Ad Revenue Could Reach $1.7B By 2025

The Lawyer Behind The Throne At Fox

Even before the company’s CEO, Lachlan Murdoch, moved to Australia, Viet Dinh was seen as Fox’s power center.

Fox And FreeWheel Partner To Bring Programmatic Addressable Capabilities To Set-Top Box Video On Demand Across Comcast Footprint

Today, Fox Corp. and FreeWheel, a Comcast company, announced a partnership to enable programmatic trading of addressable set-top box (STB) video on demand (VOD), marking what they call an industry first for a television network. Through this partnership, Showcase offers advertisers a path to execute addressable household-level campaigns on any of its content viewed On […]

Fox Corp. Ups Jeff Taylor To General Counsel

He is promoted from executive vice president and chief litigation counsel to oversee the company’s legal activities. In addition, Nicholas Trutanich joins fox as executive vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer.

NAACP Urges NFL To ‘Rethink Relationship’ With Fox

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP Thursday lashed out at Fox Corp., accusing the media company of exploiting the NFL and its 70% Black players, saying the league’s increasingly high subscriber fees help subsidize Fox News programming. The announcement came shortly before Fox announced a new, 11-year media rights agreement with the league.

Lachlan Murdoch: Fox News Will Be ‘Loyal Opposition’ To Biden

Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch said Thursday he expects the cable channel’s ratings to recover after a post-election dip.

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Fox Corp. Bullish On Sports Betting

Fox Corp. Executive Chairman-CEO Lachlan Murdoch sees strong gains coming for sports betting — both as a business and as an ad category — and from the Tubi streaming business.

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Fox Corp. Beats Wall Street Estimates

Fox Corp. beat Wall Street expectations in its fiscal second quarter, with revenue of nearly $4.1 billion improving 8% from the year-earlier period. On an adjusted basis, earnings per share rose to 16 cents from 10 cents a year ago. The consensus forecast from analysts called for revenue of $4 billion and a loss of 3 cents a share. Advertising revenue rose 14% in the quarter, helped by a record haul of political advertising by Fox stations.

Voting Tech Firm Files $2.7 Billion Defamation Lawsuit Against Fox Corp., Hosts

Smartmatic USA said today that it filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox Corp., threeof its hosts and two former lawyers for former President Donald Trump — Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell — for $2.7 billion, charging that the defendants conspired to spread false claims that the company helped “steal” the U.S. presidential election.

FCC Grants Fox Another Temporary Waiver for WWOR-New York Post

Pointing out that the fate of its newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule is in legal limbo, the FCC’s Media Bureau has denied Fox Corp.’s request for a permanent waiver to own both WWOR Secaucus, N.J., and the New York Post, instead granting it another temporary waiver.

Fox Corp. Delays Return To Office Until April

Employees at Fox Corp. had been told to get ready for a return to their offices as soon as January. Now they will wait until at least April. In a memo sent to staffers, Lachlan Murdoch, the company’s executive chairman and CEO, said Fox Corp. will push back a full re-opening of its facilities due to the rise of coronavirus cases around the nation.

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Fox TV Rev Down Last Quarter, But Now Pacing Up

Television (Fox Network, O&Os and Tubi streaming) reported revenues down $6 million to $1.35 billion in the quarter ending in September. Affiliate revenues (retrans and payments from affiliate stations) rose 23% to $560 million, while advertising declined 15% to $670 million. However, that began to change toward the end of the quarter and CFO Steve Tomsic said “the strong advertising momentum at [Fox] News, our local television stations and Tubi have all carried forward into the first month of this current quarter.”

James Murdoch, Rebellious Scion

Increasingly uncomfortable with News Corp’s politics and profit motives, Rupert’s younger son chose chickens and sheep over Fox, and insists he doesn’t watch Succession.

Murdochs See Fox Compensation Dip

Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch, the overseers of the Fox Corp. media conglomerate their family controls, saw their annual compensation fall for the most recent fiscal year in large part due to executives’ decision to give up salary between May and September as the company grappled with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden Spending “Quite Substantially” On Fox News

Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch says the cable network is enjoying a thriving advertising market amid the U.S. presidential campaign. “You’ll see this Sunday, the Biden campaign spending quite substantially,” Murdoch reported.

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Jessell | Fox Isn’t For Sale, But Let’s Say It Is

Analyst Michael Nathanson last week suggested Fox Corp. sell off its broadcast assets, which are a drag on its bottom line. That prompts some guessing about who could bid — WarnerMedia? Sony? Amazon? — and the many reasons they are likelier to sit it out.

Talking TV | Spot TV And Sports Protest

TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp and Harry Jessell discuss MoffettNathanson’s suggestion that Fox Corp. spin off its network and O&Os; automated selling; and protest waves rippling through the professional sports world.

Fox Should Dump Broadcast Net, Says Wall Street Analyst

MoffettNathanson says that having spun off its core entertainment assets to Disney last year, owning a broadcast network and TV stations no longer makes strategic sense. Fox Corp. should sell them to a big studio owner like WarnerMedia or to any entity looking to use the power of broadcasting to launch direct-to-consumer streaming services.

Fox Corp. Rolls Back Pandemic Pay Cuts

The pay cuts spurred on by the novel coronavirus pandemic are beginning to wind down. Fox Corp. told employees in April that everyone at the VP level or above would see their pay cut by 15% through the end of July. In an email to staff last month, Fox chief legal and policy officer Viet Dinh wrote to staff confirming that pay would be returned to normal effective Aug. 1.

Fox Corp.: ‘Non Production’ Employees Likely To Stay Remote Through Yearend

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Fox Quarterly Sales Down Sharply

Fox Corp. Tuesday reported total sales of $2.42 billion last quarter, in line with expectations, down slightly (4%) from a year ago but off $1 billion from the previous three months as COVID-19 hit advertising.

Analyst Upgrades Fox Stock Rating

Macquarie Capital analyst Tim Nollen has upgraded his rating on the stock of Fox Corp. to “neutral” and boosted his price target by $9 to $31, citing improving advertising trends that led him to increase his financial estimates, among other things. “The ad market is looking better than previously expected, and a return of live sports along with political ad spend in the second half of the calendar year would boost Fox,” he wrote in a Friday report.

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Fox: Positive Signs From Advertisers

CEO Lachlan Murdoch says that while some categories are down, others are pacing up — “so it’s a real mix.” Murdoch also noted that the local markets won’t recover at the same rate — it will be state-by-state based on how businesses reopen. “But we are beginning to see positive signs in the pacings going forward,” he said.

Murdoch, Fox Execs To Take Pay Cuts

Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch will forgo his salary amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and 700 employees at the company will see salary reductions, the executive said in an internal memo on Wednesday.

Fox Corp. Names Sal Petruzzi SVP Of Communications

Fox Corp. Selling $1.2 Billion In Debt

Fox Corp. said it is selling $1.2 billion worth of notes and will use net proceeds for general corporate purposes. Companies are raising cash at a rapid pace as a nest egg against the harsh economic impact and unknown duration of the coronvirus. Earlier Tuesday Fox said the the COVID-19 spread could have an adverse material impact on its business. It’s the latest in a stream of companies to both officially declare the risk the economic shutdown poses to their business and raise cash to see it through hard times.

Fox Corp.: Virus To Affect Business Results

Fox Corp. has joined the chorus of media companies publicly acknowledging the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its business, noting canceled sports events and postponed production. The COVID-19 outbreak “could have a material adverse effect on the company’s business, financial condition or results of operations over the near to medium term,” Fox said in an SEC filing Monday.

Fox, Others Pull Out Of Media Conference

Fox Corp. said it will be skipping the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference where Lachlan Murdoch was scheduled to present Wednesday. It said the decision “was made out of an abundance of caution due to evolving public health concerns regarding COVID-19.” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and CFO David Wehne, who were going to present today, were also no-shows. Disney executive chairman and until recently CEO Bob Iger was also slated for today but Disney canceled.

Fox And Nexstar Complete Station Sales

With the deals involving stations in Seattle, Milwaukee, and Charlotte, N.C., Fox Television Stations expands its footprint to 29 stations across the country. Nexstar says it will use the approximately $240 million of net after-tax proceeds from the deals to reduce borrowings under its credit facilities.

Fox Opts Not To Air Ads For ‘Bombshell’

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corp. declined to run advertisements for Bombshell, a film about the sexual-harassment scandal at Fox News, according to people familiar with the matter. The Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. movie — debuting nationally on Friday — is based on the accounts of female Fox News journalists who took on the network’s late chairman, Roger Ailes, after he allegedly sexual harassed them.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | 2020 Vision: IP, Cloud, 3.0, 5G Come Into Focus

Next year should see broadcasters making advances in the continuing move to IP, greater use of cloud platforms and significant progress for two new wireless technologies: ATSC 3.0 and the various 5G services being rolled out by wireless carriers. Above, a Sony camcorder and prototype 5G transmitter were used to test camera backhauls over Verizon’s 5G network during a recent NBC NFL broadcast.

Fox Corp. Aims For ‘Surgical Strikes’ In M&A

“You shouldn’t think of us doing something like a station group acquisition,” Fox CFO Steven Tomsic said Tuesday at the UBS Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications Conference.

Fox Corp. Expands Elizabeth Casey’s Role

Fox Corp. on Wednesday announced an expanded role for EVP and Associate General Counsel Elizabeth Casey, who will now serve as a senior member of the company’s litigation and intellectual property groups. Casey, who will report to EVP and Chief Litigation Counsel Jeff Taylor, will also continue lead the Standards & Practices Department for Fox’s […]