January 27, 2010 |
That Fox News scored a ratings victory usually wouldn't be a surprise. The cable news channel has beaten CNN and MSNBC for the last eight years, and its margins over its rivals keep growing. But last week, it managed to push past a competitor in another genre: USA, the powerhouse entertainment channel that has long held the spot as the top-ranked basic cable network in prime time. The network was lifted by the huge audience that tuned in for its coverage of the special election to fill the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts, underscoring how Fox News is benefiting from the conservative populist movement gaining steam across the country.
January 14, 2010 |
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. moved quickly Wednesday to damp speculation that Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes' future with the media giant was in doubt. "News Corp. is 100% behind Roger Ailes," News Corp. President Chase Carey said, adding, "We hope and expect he will continue to lead Fox News well into the future." The media giant looked to pour water on an Internet brush fire of stories claiming that Ailes' days at Fox News were numbered. Kicking off those reports were critical comments about Ailes made by Matthew Freud, the husband of Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth.
January 12, 2010 |
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.
December 31, 2009 |
With only hours to go until their current contract expires, News Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. were still trying to hammer out a new deal for the cable system operator to carry News Corp.'s Fox TV stations and several of its cable networks. The likelihood of a new accord before today's midnight deadline appeared to be quickly diminishing, and the possibility was increasing that millions of Time Warner subscribers could see Fox shows disappear from their TV screens. On Wednesday, News Corp.
November 27, 2009 |
There's finally some new life in old media. After pummeling traditional media companies for nearly two years, the advertising recession is showing signs of a recovery. TV networks -- including Fox, CBS and ABC and such leading cable channels as TNT, TBS, USA, Bravo and Fox News Channel -- have benefited the most as advertisers have been snapping up available commercial spots and agreeing to pay significantly higher prices than they did just five months ago. "In challenging times, people go back to what they know, and what they know best is television," said David Levy, president of sales for Turner Entertainment, which includes TNT and TBS. "It is a little too early to declare victory, but the market is definitely improving."
November 11, 2009 |
In an expected development, White House Communications Director Anita Dunn is stepping down after a brief tenure marked by a dust-up with Fox News Channel over its coverage. She will be succeeded by her deputy, Dan Pfeiffer. Dunn joined the administration in the spring with the understanding that she would stay only a few months because of family considerations. In her time with the Obama administration, she came to epitomize a more combative White House approach in dealing with critics.
November 8, 2009 |
At least one Democratic political strategist has gotten a blunt warning from the White House to never appear on Fox News Channel, an outlet that presidential aides have depicted as not so much a news-gathering operation as a political opponent bent on damaging the Obama administration. The Democratic strategist said that shortly after an appearance on Fox, he got a phone call from a White House official telling him not to be a guest on the show again. The call had an intimidating tone, he said.