August 30, 1998 |
It's seemingly been a summer of discontent for the major television networks. Combined ratings have slid to record lows, renewing questions about broadcasting's future amid the plethora of choices now available to most viewers via cable, satellite dishes and the Internet, with digital TV and other technological advances on the horizon. Looking back no further than Richard Nixon's presidency, the percentage of audience watching ABC, CBS and NBC in prime time has fallen from roughly 90% to 47%.
June 5, 1998 |
News Corp.'s Fox Broadcasting Co. named Mitchell Stern to the newly created position of chairman and chief executive of Fox Television Stations Inc. Stern, who has been president and chief operating officer of the Fox TV stations since 1993, assumes the added responsibility of overseeing Los Angeles-based Fox TV's Twentieth Television production arm and its domestic distribution activities. Stern continues to report to Chase Carey, co-chief operating officer of News Corp.
October 2, 1996 |
Fox to Launch Kids Channel in Latin America: Fox Kids Network, which recently announced plans to launch a 24-hour children's channel in Britain, will do the same in Latin America beginning Nov. 1. The channel expands on a block of programs, including "Spider-Man" and "The Tick," currently available in Latin America on Canal Fox. The channel will broadcast in Spanish, Portuguese and English to 19 countries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1995
Plans to expand Fox Studios in West Los Angeles may be a boon for the network, but some residents believe the expansion could be a traffic nightmare. Starting tonight, Westsiders will have a chance to speak their mind on the subject. People who live near Fox, at Motor Avenue and Pico Boulevard, can attend a series of meetings to suggest how the city should handle the increased traffic expected from a bigger studio.
May 16, 1995 |
One thing clearly sets Fox Television Chairman Chase Carey apart from other Hollywood executives: He's spent a lot of time scrumming. As a former college rugby player at Colgate (a scrum is similar to a football huddle), the burly Carey picked up plenty of bruises along the way. "He looks as if he's taken a couple of hard hits and not noticed it," says former Twentieth Century Fox studio chief Leonard Goldberg.
May 2, 1995 |
Stung by criticism from inside and outside the agency, the Federal Communications Commission will probably delay a vote on a controversial staff proposal that would force media mogul Rupert Murdoch to undertake a costly restructuring of his Fox TV stations to comply with foreign-ownership laws. The five FCC commissioners were scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposal by the agency's mass-media bureau that would require Murdoch's Australian holding company, News Corp.
April 27, 1995 |
Rupert Murdoch's protracted legal woes over his Fox TV network receded somewhat Wednesday as a federal appeals court rejected a bid by the NAACP to block the renewal of Fox's flagship station and federal regulators neared a decision on whether the media mogul can buy four other stations. The ruling by the U.S.
December 1, 1994 |
The Fox television network vowed Wednesday to fight what it called a shameless bid by rival NBC to get federal officials to penalize Fox on the grounds that its ownership structure is illegal. In a 21-page petition filed Wednesday, NBC asked the Federal Communications Commission to declare the Fox TV network foreign-owned and thus in violation of a federal statute that generally limits foreigners to no more than a 25% interest in U.S. broadcast stations.