The FCC has officially approved requests from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and ESPN to be exempt from audio description rules that are required of top national non-broadcast networks, based on the amount of non-live linear programming the networks offer per calendar quarter. However, there is an exception available for networks that don’t air at least 50 hours per quarter of primetime programming that is not live or near-live.
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.
Fox News Media said that it was restructuring some of its divisions, with a reduction of its workforce by less than 3%. “As Fox News Media has evolved into a streamlined multi-platform organization, we are realigning several functions and restructuring various divisions in order to position all of our businesses for ongoing success,” the network said in a statement. No on air talent is impacted by the staff reductions.
Carlson, who said the online commentary by Blake Neff had no connection to his show, said he would be taking the rest of the week off to go trout fishing after criticizing “ghouls now beating their chests in triumph” following Neff’s resignation.
David Rhodes, a 12-year veteran of Fox News who also held executive roles at CBS News and Bloomberg, has begin doing consultant work on “video projects” for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. in the U.K. That has led to speculation that Rhodes could return to Fox News in some capacity.
A total of four Fox News Media employees have now tested positive for coronavirus according to an internal memo. All of the affected employees’ direct co-workers must now quarantine for 14 days.
Eric Wemple argues that Fox News’ reportorial deployment on the coronavirus pandemic has shifted into high gear with the professionalism and thoroughness one expects of a news network, but its opinion hosts continue to mislead and confuse viewers. Fox and Friends, newly-sidelined Trish Regan and Sean Hannity are among the worst offenders, he says. “It’s a wonder that Fox News doesn’t erupt in a journalistic civil war, such is the discrepancy between its sane and insane programming.”
NEW YORK (AP) — An MSNBC contributor apologized and deleted a tweet that appeared to confuse readers about Fox News Channel’s plans to cover special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress this week. Joyce Vance, a former federal prosecutor, said Sunday on Twitter that Fox isn’t airing Mueller’s testimony because President Donald Trump is afraid […]
Fox News today named Viant Technology’s Jeff Collins executive vice president of advertising sales. Starting today, Collins will oversee advertising sales for all of Fox News media including, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and Fox News Digital. The position was previously held by Marianne Gambelli who was named head of ad sales for the […]
Fox News is known for its flagship property, the Fox News Channel, but in months to come executives intend to expand, the unit’s top executive told investors Thursday. “Fox news is an important part of the company’s DNA,” Fox News CEO Suzanne Scottsaid to an assembly gathered for an “Investor Day” held by Fox Corp., its first big public meeting after selling a large chunk of assets to Walt Disney. “We are truly agnostic to the form in which our content is consumed.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar will follow Sen. Bernie Sanders as the second Democratic presidential candidate to hold a town hall meeting on Fox News, while Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro and Sen. Cory Booker are also considering the same move. Sanders’ town hall meeting reached 2.55 million viewers on Fox.
Fox News commentator Monica Crowley has been tapped as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s new spokesperson, insiders say. Crowley will take the reins as assistant secretary for public affairs from Tony Sayegh, who has been in the post for the past two years.
John P. Nallen, CFO of parent company 21st Century Fox, said the service will launch in the late fall, but prior to the midterm elections in early November. “We know there’s a market for this product,” he said at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia on Thursday morning.
Shannon Bream will host “Fox News @ Night,” which kicks off Oct. 30 (when Laura Ingraham’s new show also debuts). The new show will replace a re-air of Tucker Carlson’s 8 p.m. show.
Political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes is suing Fox News, claiming retaliation by the network for having publicly accused one of its anchors, Charles Payne, of rape. Hughes’ suit, which alleges “gender motivated violence, gender discrimination, retaliation and defamation,” was filed against Fox, Fox News and Payne in New York on Monday.
Laura Ingraham is on board to host a new show for Fox News, the network confirmed Monday. “The Ingraham Angle” will debut Oct. 30 in Sean Hannity’s 10 p.m. time slot.
The oldest daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain had joined the Fox News Channel in the summer of 2015 and was most recently a co-host of its “Outnumbered.”
The sexual harassment scandal at Fox News has cost its parent company 21st Century Fox tens of millions of dollars, untold reputational damage and some of its biggest personalities. And the drama is far from over. At a confidential mediation proceeding in late July, the lawyer Douglas H. Wigdor asked for more than $60 million to settle several disputes with Fox News and 21st Century Fox, according to two people familiar with the matter. The company would not accept Wigdor’s offer and no resolution was reached, said the people.
In late February, 21st Century Fox reached a settlement worth more than $2.5 million with Tamara Holder, a former Fox News contributor who reported that she was sexually assaulted by an executive at company headquarters two years ago, according to people briefed on the agreement.
The former Tegna and NBCU executive will oversee human resources for Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and their digital operations.
Now that Roger Ailes has stepped down as head of Fox News, the television news industry is bracing for a seismic shift. But the impact on the nation’s political discourse may be just as significant. Without Ailes guiding the network, conservatives and Republican politicians are left wondering whether the talk might soften under new leadership.
Does it need “a tweak or a transformation”? Might Megyn Kelly be its younger, more feminist-seeming new face? Is it just a tonal shift that’s in order, or does the whole news product have to change? These are among the questions that media analyst Ken Doctor surmises Fox News must be asking itself post-Ailes as James and Lachlan Murdoch look to how far they will fashion their company’s golden goose.
While Fox has been the top-rated U.S. cable-news channel for 14 years, overall cable news audiences have been shrinking outside of presidential elections. More than half of Fox’s viewers are over 65 and the network is lagging in the digital efforts that many analysts consider key to attracting young people.
Though Rupert Murdoch has stepped in to run Fox News in the interim, the search is on for a permanent replacement for Roger Ailes. But Murdoch, the 85-year-old executive chairman of 21st Century Fox who hired Ailes to invent Fox News two decades ago, is no long-term solution, and Ailes groomed no obvious successor.Among the names thought to be in the mix: current Fox managers Bill Shine, Jay Wallace and Mark Kranz and Michael Clemente, as well as The New York Post‘s Jesse Angelo.
Fox News is heading into a general election campaign in its customary spot at the top of the ratings, but without the man who sets its editorial tone every day. For now, Rupert Murdoch will fill the spot left vacant by Ailes departure. “I am personally committed to ensuring that Fox News remains a distinctive, powerful voice,” Murdoch says. “Our nation needs a robust Fox News to resonate from every corner of the country,”
As of Wednesday night, negotiations between 21st Century Fox and soon-to-be-ousted CEO Roger Ailes were still unresolved. The New York Times looks at the wider implications of his departure at Fox, including how much of Ailes’ management team will remain, and meanwhile staffers remain in the dark on what’s to happen next.
Fox News’s seemingly unassailable position as the most powerful cable news channel was rocked this week by the news that Roger Ailes, the only leader the network has ever known, was negotiating his exit as chairman after accusations of sexual harassment. But no matter how unseemly his departure, Ailes will leave Fox News in strong shape. Speculation about who will replace him has already begun, with names including Bill Shine, Fox News’s senior EVP for programming; David Rhodes, president of CBS News and a former Fox exec; and Jesse Angelo, CEO of The New York Post, thought to be among the contenders.
The fall of Fox News chief Roger Ailes likely marks the end of the Rupert Murdoch era at 21st Century Fox. “The ouster of Ailes, a sorry PR capitulation in [Rupert] Murdoch’s view, is not just an abrupt end to Ailes’ career at 21st Century Fox, but, in a way that’s hard to miss, rather a Murdoch coda,” according to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Michael Wolff.