FNC’s Roger Friedman Fired?

Deadline Hollywood Daily’s Nikki Finke scoops that FoxNews.com’s Roger Friedman has been fired… (via TVNewser)

News Corp like all major Hollywood studios takes the crime of piracy very seriously. Nor will the Fox parent company tolerate it if its employees don’t. Especially after a stolen, early and unfinished work print of 20th Century Fox’s big summer blockbuster X-Men Origins: Wolverine was put onto the Internet illegally this week in a major scandal that the FBI is now investigating. So there was universal shock on Friday when long-time “Fox 411” freelance columnist Roger Friedman wrote what I’m told his bosses felt was a blatant promotion of piracy on his Fox News web outlet. Besides writing a review from watching the purloined print of Wolverine, Friedman posted, “I did find the whole top 10 [movies in theaters], plus TV shows, commercials, videos, everything, all streaming away. It took really less than seconds to start playing it all right onto my computer. I could have downloaded all of it but really, who has the time or the room? Later tonight I may finally catch up with Paul Rudd in I Love You, Man. It’s so much easier than going out in the rain!” I’m told that Fox News’ actions were swift and severe. First, Roger Ailes, who overseas Fox News, deleted the offending post after he was contacted by 20th Century Fox about it. And then Ailes fired Friedman as a freelance Fox News entertainment writer. I hear the move was done with the full support of News Corp. “He promoted piracy. He basically suggested that viewing a stolen film is OK, which is absolutely intolerable. So we fired him,” a source told me Saturday. “Fox News acted promptly on all fronts.”

Update: The Huffington Post’s Danny Shea suggests that Friedman isn’t fired yet…

FoxNews.com entertainment columnist Roger Friedman has drawn the ire of News Corp bosses after writing a review of a leaked version of the upcoming 20th Century Fox blockbuster “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” — and he’ll have to answer to Fox News executives in a meeting Monday morning.

One Response to “FNC’s Roger Friedman Fired?”

  1. mediatabs Says:

    That sucks. Honestly, it is very easy to pirate tv shows, movies, music and all without getting viruses & stuff. I don’t even think studios and networks know about half about how the pirates work and therefore they use all the terrible strategies (RIAA) and fall flat on their faces. However, once these things leak they can never be taken back. As for Mr. Friedman, he might be able to enlighten FOX execs on how this stuff works.

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