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December 24, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Fox News Channel has selected White House correspondent Bret Baier to replace Brit Hume as anchor of its weekday 3 p.m. newscast. Hume is cutting back to part-time work at Fox and was anchoring his last newscast Tuesday. Baier will start his new job Jan. 5. Baier is familiar to viewers of the show as Hume's occasional substitute and from his work as Fox's top person in the White House. He said he plans "on continuing to maintain the prestige of the program in every way I know how."
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February 6, 2014 | By Meg James
Media company 21st Century Fox's fiscal second-quarter profit was sliced in half, largely because big-ticket feature films landed with a thud at the box office and the broadcast network continues its uphill slog. Fox's television show "X-Factor" with Simon Cowell was a factor all right - a factor contributing to the dramatically lower earnings for the company controlled by Rupert Murdoch. The singing competition stumbled in the ratings, and Fox Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey warned analysts that Fox's other competition tentpole, "American Idol," was losing steam faster than the company had hoped.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2009 | Associated Press
If the battle between Fox News Channel and the Obama administration is still going on, it has moved behind closed doors. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was saying little Thursday about his meeting this week with Fox news executive Michael Clemente. Asked whether the tiff was over, Gibbs said, "I have nothing to add to that." The White House meeting Wednesday, first disclosed by the website FishbowlDC and confirmed by an aide to Gibbs, comes after the administration said publicly that the network operates more like a wing of the Republican Party than a news organization.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Meg James
Media company 21st Century Fox's fiscal second-quarter profit dropped 12%, largely because big-ticket feature films landed with a thud at the box office and singing competitions on the Fox TV network have been hitting sour notes. Fox's once-formidable "American Idol" no longer is invincible. The softer "Idol" ratings, and thus lower ad sales, contributed to Fox executives warning Wall Street on Thursday that its full-year earnings would not be as robust as initially thought. Weakness at Los Angeles film studio 20th Century Fox has put an even bigger drag on the company's bottom line.
NEWS
October 8, 2006 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
RUPERT MURDOCH and Roger Ailes had just announced their intention to create a 24-hour cable news channel from scratch, vowing to launch within a year and take on industry leader CNN. As they walked out of the news conference in the fledging network's Sixth Avenue headquarters in January 1996, Ailes turned to the News Corp. chairman. "I said, 'Rupert, they're laughing at us,' " the Fox News chairman and chief executive recalled in a recent interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2013 | By Joe Flint
If Rupert Murdoch had gotten his way, the miniseries "The Bible" might very well have ended up airing on the Fox News Channel instead of the History channel, where it was a huge hit. Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of News Corp., was hot for "The Bible" as soon as he heard about it from Mark Burnett, the reality TV king ("Survivor," "The Apprentice") who made the miniseries with wife Roma Downey and Hearst Entertainment. Although Hearst co-owns History, "The Bible" was pitched elsewhere first and Murdoch was the first to raise his hand for the event program.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2010 | By Matea Gold and Mark Z. Barabak
When Sarah Palin abruptly stepped down as Alaska governor in July before the end of her first term, many questioned how she could maintain a national presence without the platform of elected office. That hasn't proven a problem for the onetime Republican vice presidential nominee, who has kept herself at the center of political debate with a bestselling book, an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and controversial Facebook postings. Now Palin has found another way to stay in the spotlight: by signing on as a contributor for the top-rated Fox News Channel.
OPINION
April 15, 2003
Re "Fox News' Patriotic Fervor Sets It Apart in Ratings Race," April 11: Fox News Channel fails to show an accurate picture. During the last three weeks, hundred of civilians were killed in Baghdad, Basra and other Iraqi cities. Hospitals stopped counting their wounded and dead. Many had their limbs cut off by U.S weaponry and bombs. Families were buried in mass graves. Fox only shows a couple hundred Iraqis cheering for the Marines. It does not show those who were crying in despair and having their homes accidentally bombed by American missiles.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 1996 | Howard Rosenberg
CNN was born in 1980 amid concern in some circles that Ted Turner, then a maverick conservative, would use his pioneering 24-hour-a-day news network to boost his political views. A similar buzz greeted Monday's arrival of right-wing media baron Rupert Murdoch's round-the-clock Fox News Channel (FNC). One difference: Turner isn't doing it, Murdoch is. Or so it seemed from watching FNC most of Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2008 | David Bauder, Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Fox News Channel has fired the host of its weekly "Fox News Watch" show that discusses the performance of the news media. Eric Burns, the show's host, said Monday that he was told in a phone call last week that his contract would not be renewed. He said he was not given a reason. The show airs Saturday evenings and, along with CNN's "Reliable Sources," is one of two cable news programs that focus on the media.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Jon Stewart has a message for Fox News Channel: I tell jokes for a living, so stop using me to help prove your talking points. On Thursday's "Daily Show," Stewart ridiculed news outlets -- mainly Fox News -- for using his jokes about the tech-plagued Obamacare rollout as evidence that the country has turned against the Affordable Care Act. "If you've lost Jon Stewart you're in trouble," a Fox News host said in footage that Stewart played. "Don't use our joke as evidence that the thing you hate must be stopped because I'm sure when we joke about [something]
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The home of Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity may be getting less love from Republicans, according to a new study.  The Fox News Channel has dropped off the list of the top 10 best-perceived brands among Republicans, said research firm YouGov , which interviewed more than 200,000 people over eight weeks, and filtered their responses by party affiliation. This comes after the network has topped the YouGov list for the last three years, the only prior years in which the company has conducted this survey.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Well, that didn't take long. Just one month after taking over her new 9 p.m. time slot at Fox News Channel, Megyn Kelly has the No. 2 show on cable news. "The Kelly File" averaged 2.2 million total viewers for October, behind only "The O'Reilly Factor" (2.8 million), according to Nielsen. (The ratings measurement company ends its month a little sooner than most people's calendars do.) Kelly, a longtime anchor for Fox News, took over the 9 p.m. slot from Sean Hannity, who moved to 10 p.m. as part of a broader network shake-up.
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October 9, 2013 | by Scott Collins
Bill O'Reilly, you have a new contender for the cable-news throne: Megyn Kelly.  "The Kelly File" -- with former daytime host Kelly carving up the issues of the day -- delivered big returns for Fox News Channel in its second outing at 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to Nielsen.  Kelly rounded up 2.8 million total viewers, which dominated the time slot over MSNBC's Rachel Maddow (1.1 million) and CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" (590,858). That was a huge increase over the 2.1 million "Kelly File" saw for Monday's premiere.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll         More important, Kelly was within hailing distance of the man who has dominated cable news for more than a decade: O'Reilly (3 million)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2013 | By Meg James, This post has been updated, as indicated below
Fox News Channel star Megyn Kelly is bright, beautiful and blunt when she needs to be. Just ask Karl Rove. Her willingness to take on all-comers, even conservative hero Rove - as she famously did on election night last November - is one reason Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes has promoted Kelly to a plum prime-time perch. On Monday, the network's 17th anniversary, "The Kelly File" premieres between the opinion-heavy programs of the network's conservative firebrands Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Brian Lewis, the fired Fox News executive vice president, is declining to fire back at his former bosses who accused him of breach of contract and financial misconduct. In a brief interview, Lewis said he had a "great 20 years" working for Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes and declined to get into the specifics of what led to his departure or the charges leveled at him. As for the nastiness surrounding the situation, Lewis said, "it comes with the territory. " The exit of Lewis took the insular world of television news by surprise, as did the harshness of the statement from Fox News parent 21st Century Fox, which said Lewis was guilty of "multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 2000 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fox News Channel likes to call itself "fair and balanced" in the face of critics who rail about its conservative bent, but its viewers have shown a marked preference for watching the channel's take on Republicans over Democrats. During the Republican National Convention two weeks ago, even NBC's Tom Brokaw didn't prove a draw, as Fox trounced the better-funded, more widely distributed MSNBC. Fox also beat CNN at a few key times, even though CNN is available in millions more homes.
BUSINESS
October 9, 1996 | From Bloomberg Business News
News Corp. said Tuesday that it will file a lawsuit today against Time Warner Inc. over its refusal to carry the Fox News Channel on its New York City cable system, turning the heat up a notch in a long-simmering brawl. News Corp. said it will charge Time Warner, Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc. and Ted Turner with an antitrust conspiracy. The suit will be filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Megyn Kelly and her husband Douglas Brunt have welcomed their third baby. The Fox News Channel anchor, soon to be seen in the evenings instead of afternoons, delivered Thatcher Bray Brunt on Tuesday, the network announced Friday.  Thatcher, who arrived at 8 pounds, 2 ounces - giving weighty royal baby George a run for his money , albeit with a lot less media attention - joins big brother Yates, who turns 4 in September, and big sis Yardley,...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2013 | By Scott Collins
These days, Greta Van Susteren isn't just covering the news, she's making it. Speculation is rampant that Van Susteren may be getting ready to walk away from her 10 p.m. Fox News Channel show and head back to CNN, where she rose to prominence in the 1990s as a legal analyst. One catalyst behind such a possible move? This week's announcement that hard-hitting anchor Megyn Kelly will get a prime-time slot after she returns from maternity leave later this year. Word is that Kelly could get the 10 p.m. real estate, which might leave Van Susteren with no home in prime time, between 8 and 11 p.m.  PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings Meanwhile, CNN is in the middle of yet another reinvention, this one overseen by former NBC Universal boss Jeff Zucker.
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