June 2, 1988
Fox Broadcasting will telecast an all-star musical tribute from London called "Freedomfest--Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebration" on June 11. The six-hour program in London's Wembley Stadium will commemorate the birthday of the spiritual leader of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement. Mandela has been imprisoned for more than 25 years. The concert will be seen throughout the world via satellite.
May 25, 2013 |
The man considered to be the godfather of reality television is stepping down. Mike Darnell, head of alternative entertainment for Fox Broadcasting, is leaving the network after almost two decades overseeing both the good - "American Idol" - and the lowbrow - "When Animals Attack. " "It was like Masterpiece Theatre of stupidity," said Robert Thompson, a professor of American popular culture at Syracuse University. "We were used to cop shows, lawyers and doctors and feel-good sitcoms.
November 21, 1992
Fox Broadcasting says it will expand its prime-time lineup to Tuesday nights in January, its sixth night of the week for weekly series programming. "Class of '96" and "Key West"--which at one time had been scheduled to introduce the Tuesday schedule on Oct. 27, only to be postponed--will now premiere Jan. 19. Both are youth-oriented dramas--the former about college students, the latter about an aspiring writer in Key West, Fla.
June 9, 1986
Twentieth Century Fox Film's chairman and chief executive said the firm's Fox Broadcasting unit has "close to 30" agreements with stations in the top 30 markets to air five or more hours each week of Fox programming. Not all of the agreements have been signed, Diller said, but the stations have agreed to accept Fox's slate of a two-hour movie one night a week, and three hours of comedies and drama on a second night, in addition to a late-night show hosted by comedienne Joan Rivers.
April 16, 1990 |
Fox, 20th Century Sued Over 'Open House': A Toluca Lake Realtor and screenwriter sued Fox Broadcasting and 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles Superior Court, asserting that he originated the concept for the TV series "Open House." Joseph Brazen's suit claims that in April, 1989, he pitched the idea for the series to Fox, which rejected it. Brazen seeks at least $600,000 plus punitive damages.
January 6, 1988 |
"It's Garry Shandling's Show," which became a hit on cable television after being rejected by the three major networks, is going to make it to a commercial network after all. Fox Broadcasting said Tuesday it plans to add the critically acclaimed comedy series to its Sunday-night lineup in March. At the same time, however, Fox is giving up on its home-grown late-night series, "The Wilton North Report."
August 3, 1988 |
Although it didn't come close to stealing the thunder from last week's No. 1 show--a repeat of the second half of "The Deliberate Stranger," featuring Mark Harmon as serial murderer Ted Bundy on NBC--CBS' "Miss Teen America Pageant" was last week's top-rated show among the non-reruns, landing in ninth place with a 15.1 rating and a 26 share. The pageant competition was the only new show to crack the Top 10. Meanwhile, Fox Broadcasting Co.
October 28, 2013 |
Fox Sports Co-President Randy Freer has been tapped to be president and chief operating officer for the Fox Networks Group, the unit that houses the company's broadcast and cable properties. In his new role, Freer will oversee business operations for the unit including advertising sales and distribution. He will continue to be involved in sports rights negotiations as well for Fox's national and regional sports networks and Fox Broadcasting. The move will free up Fox Networks Group Chairman and Chief Executive Peter Rice to focus more on the creative operations of group.