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SPORTS
October 17, 2006 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Steve Lyons, fired by Fox for on-air comments the network deemed inappropriate, will keep his job as a part-time television commentator for the Dodgers. The team, in a statement issued Monday, said Lyons would undergo diversity training and that he was given probationary guidelines. Of the diversity training, Lyons said, "I'm happy to do it."
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2006 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
In what is becoming as much an autumn ritual for Fox television as its broadcast of Major League Baseball's postseason, the network announced Thursday that it's reshuffling its fall prime-time lineup and substituting in some new players. The network, which finished last season No. 1 among adults 18 to 49, is moving a pair of its new dramatic shows -- "Justice" and "Vanished" -- to different nights. And it's also trading 9 p.m. and 8 p.m.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2006 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
In a move that seems certain to force a showdown over what constitutes indecency on the airwaves, four TV broadcast networks and their affiliates announced Friday that they had united to challenge a Federal Communications Commission ruling that deemed language used in several of their shows indecent. CBS, Fox, ABC and Hearst-Argyle Television Inc. filed notices of appeal in federal court in New York and Washington late Thursday and early Friday.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2006 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Fox Broadcasting said Thursday that it would soon make its popular prime-time programs, such as "24" and "Prison Break," available on the Internet and video-on-demand services as part of a precedent-setting deal that shares revenue with its affiliate station groups. Unlike its media rivals -- NBC, ABC and CBS -- which have miffed their TV affiliates by negotiating short-term arrangements to offer downloads on various other outlets and their own websites, Fox took a different approach.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2005 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
On his first day as a story assistant for the reality TV series "Renovate My Family," Zachary Isenberg said, his bosses made an unusual request: Fill out your time card for the next three weeks of work. Isenberg was puzzled. How could he estimate his hours before he worked them? "They said, 'It's crazy in production and the accountants need the paperwork right now,' " the 32-year-old writer recalled. So Isenberg, who hoped that the job would further his prospects in TV, did as he was told.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2005 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch on Monday handed control of the company's 35 television stations to Roger Ailes, the executive who in nine years built the Fox News Channel into a politically influential ratings juggernaut. Ailes, 65, replaces the media baron's 33-year-old son, Lachlan Murdoch, who abruptly resigned his management positions within the company last month amid reported tensions with his father.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2005 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
Peter Liguori, the television executive formerly known as Mr. FX, faced television critics for the first time as Fox's president of entertainment on Thursday, and the topics could have ranged from the relative lack of reality programming on the fall schedule to the pressures of heading the No. 1 network among younger viewers, to whether he could transfer his sophisticated programming sensibility from cable to broadcast. But, alas, that would be really boring.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2005 | From Variety
Fox is putting big bucks behind "X-Quest," an unscripted reality show from Imagine Entertainment, the creative force behind "Apollo 13," and the co-creator of the hit videogame "Halo." Imagine's Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, along with Imagine TV President David Nevins, will work with Fox reality TV guru Mike Darnell to executive produce the show, in which two teams of contestants with no special training are locked into separate, cramped, high-tech biocrafts designed to simulate life in space.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2005 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
More than 30 million viewers are expected to tune in tonight to see whether Alabama rocker Bo Bice or country crooner Carrie Underwood wins the fourth-season finale of "American Idol." But there's little suspense surrounding which network will win the TV ratings race for the 2004-05 season, which officially ends tonight. Defying wide predictions of cooling viewership, "Idol" has helped give Fox Broadcasting -- the 19-year-old network controlled by billionaire Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2005
This week in New York, broadcast networks begin to unveil their fall season schedules to advertisers. It's the kickoff of the biggest event of the year in the television business -- known as the "upfronts" -- when advertisers are urged to buy prime-time commercial spots before the 2005-06 season begins. Fox, presenting to advertisers on Thursday, beefed up its scripted shows and made note of its attempt to downplay reality programming.
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