April 12, 1994 |
The Federal Communications Commission, in an unusual move, is revisiting a controversial 1986 decision that allowed media baron Rupert Murdoch to take control of seven TV stations. Murdoch acquired the stations from Metromedia Co. eight years ago and used them as the cornerstone to build Fox Television Stations Inc.'s fourth network. In order to comply with limitations on foreign ownership of broadcast licenses, the Australian-born Murdoch became a U.S. citizen.
February 17, 1994 |
Fox Moving "Front Page" to New York: The Fox Broadcasting prime-time television news magazine will shift its base from Los Angeles because New York is "where the real culture of TV news thrives," Fox TV Stations Inc. Chief Executive Les Hinton said. But Fox insiders said the move is really motivated by a need to be closer to the "talent pool" of anchors and correspondents. Virtually all the network news magazines are based in New York and so are many of the syndicated tabloid TV shows.
February 14, 1994 |
Angry youth leaders, counselors and educators gathered at the Los Angeles Free Clinic to rail against the CBS, NBC and Fox television networks for not airing a new series of government-sponsored commercials promoting the use of latex condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS. Federal health officials unveiled the controversial campaign Jan. 4, and all four broadcast networks agreed to air the blunt public-service announcements, which were developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
April 14, 1993 |
The Fox Children's Network, singing a happy toon since winning its first Saturday morning ratings sweeps in February, announced on Tuesday five new Saturday morning and weekday children's series for fall, including a project from Steven Spielberg and a cartoon version of the educational PBS series "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?"
January 9, 1993 |
Rounding out the new key management team at Fox, Chairman Rupert Murdoch has recruited longtime News Corp. executive Les Hinton as chairman and chief executive of the Fox TV stations division and given him authority over the fledgling news operation. Van Gordon Sauter, the former president of CBS News who became president of Fox News six months ago, will now report to Hinton.
October 19, 1992 |
TV producer Aaron Spelling, upset at the way a new Fox TV show parodied his hit Fox series "Beverly Hills, 90210," is threatening to sue the producers unless they make a public apology and promise never to do it again. In an unusual twist of events that puts the Fox network in the embarrassing position of having offended its top program supplier, Spelling says that a Sept.
August 9, 1992 |
At 6:30 a.m., a green Mercedes Benz 500SL pulls up to the executive building on the 20th Century Fox lot. Inside is News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, who recently put himself in the driver's seat at Fox. Murdoch strides into his rambling white office, removes the double-breasted jacket of his British-cut suit and settles into an overstuffed sofa, where he spends the next three hours on the phone to his London office, scribbling notes on his ubiquitous legal pad.
June 23, 1992 |
If anyone personified Tabloid TV, it was Stephen Chao. Chao had a history of thumbing his nose at convention. The former National Enquirer reporter was the chief architect of such Fox Network shows as "Cops" and "Studs," which stretched the limits of taste in television. The shows helped turn Fox into a challenger to the big three networks, and established Chao, 36, as a programming boy wonder.
June 22, 1992 |
Stephen Chao, who only eight weeks ago was named president of Fox Television Stations, was summarily fired by Rupert Murdoch over the weekend after he hired a male model to strip in front of company executives and others during a management conference in Aspen, Colo. Chao, 36, was giving a speech on censorship and television to a roomful of managers from Murdoch's News Corp., Fox's parent company, when to illustrate a point he had a model come out on stage and remove his clothes.