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In a Post Ailes FNC, Will Megyn Kelly Stick Around?

Posted in FNC on August 25, 2016 by icn2

in a must read, Vanity Fair’s Sarah Ellison offers new details on what went down in the Ailes investigation and what looms on the horizon…re-signing Megyn Kelly…

Settling the newsroom’s nerves could be the easy part. While the company was installing Shine, 21st Century Fox began settlement discussions with Carlson and two others who allege they were harassed by Ailes. (At issue in those negotiations are tapes of Ailes in discussion with Carlson and others, according to two people familiar with them.) But beyond the fears of the newsroom, the ongoing internal investigation, and even the disagreements between various lawyers over settlements, executives at Fox News are staring down another emerging threat. Their biggest issue is not just how they will get through the election without their founder, or who will win, but how the Murdochs can hold on to one of their most high-profile anchors: Megyn Kelly. In fact, more than anyone, Kelly could be the key figure in determining whether the younger Murdochs are able to change Fox News’s culture, or whether it remains the same.

Ed Henry Back To FNC…

Posted in FNC on August 25, 2016 by icn2

The Hill’s Joe Concha scoops that Ed Henry is returning to FNC…demoted.

Ed Henry will be returning to Fox News after an almost a four-month absence from the airwaves.

The Hill hears that Henry will return to the network this Monday. The 45-year-old will do general assignment reporting and will no longer be the network’s chief White House correspondent.

FNC Adds Baier Sunday Night Election Show…

Posted in FNC on August 18, 2016 by icn2

The Hill’s Joe Concha scooped that FNC would be adding a Brett Baier Sunday night election show which will run through…wait for it…the election.

A source close to the situation tells The Hill that the network’s chief political anchor, Bret Baier, will begin hosting an additional edition of his “Special Report” from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays starting Sept. 11. The program’s primary focus will be the 2016 presidential election.

The network confirmed the report to The Hill.

The program will run through Nov. 6, two days before Election Day, Fox News confirmed Wednesday night.

FNC Drops Bo Dietl Over Ailes Investigations?

Posted in FNC on August 18, 2016 by icn2

The Daily Beast’s Asawin Suebsaeng writes about Bo Dietl potentially being out of a job at FNC after the Roger Ailes fallout and what Dietl may do about it…

Dietl said he spoke to new Fox News Co-President Bill Shine over the phone last week and assured him that he never served on a secret goon squad for Ailes. “Bo, just sit tight, we’re looking into everything,” Shine told Dietl, per the latter’s recollection.

Dietl is now, apparently, considering legal action against New York magazine and its star reporter. “I’m talking to my attorneys about a defamation suit and a libel suit, [especially] if I don’t go back on Fox News,” he said. “I want a retraction… Lanny Davis, one of my attorneys, told me to ask for a retraction, and said that if they don’t give me one, we could do a suit against New York magazine and Sherman… I guarantee you, I got a really good case. I mean, his source is a liar.”

I’m still working through the idea that Lanny Davis is representing Dietl…

Newsmax TV vs. FNC?

Posted in FNC on August 10, 2016 by icn2

Mediaite’s Josh Feldman writes about some strangeness taking place on Newsmax TV…

Newsmax host Dennis Michael Lynch went off-script tonight and declared tonight, “This will be, odds are, my last night.”

Lynch hosts the program Unfiltered, and tonight he took a moment to speak from the heart and recall the words of a mother of a 9/11 first responder about how he’s the kind of man “who puts his money where his mouth is.”

He revealed to viewers that in “fighting for Trump” on the air, he has “been restricted” in that message and was recently informed he “will no longer have editorial discretion on my own.”

What bothered him most of all was that the network was pushing “pre-made packages” on his show. He said last night he saw one that “tried to slam Fox News for the unfortunate things that are taking place over there right now.”

Newsmax, being a conservative channel, is a competitor to Fox, but Lynch was outraged that they would be running news on the Roger Ailes allegations when “they’re the only other guy in the room trying to fight for the same thing I am.”

And then Newsmax TV took him off the air. That this thing degenerated to this level where the host comes on the air and torches his employer underscores just how not ready for primetime Newsmax TV is. Professional networks just don’t have this problem.

See what I mean?

FNC to Fire Tantaros?

Posted in FNC on August 9, 2016 by icn2

Business Insider’s Oliver Darcy writes that FNC is probably going to fire Andrea Tantaros (via J$)

Fox News host Andrea Tantaros is likely to be terminated by the network soon, a source close to the situation told Business Insider on Monday.

The source said Tantaros would likely have her pay cut off and contract severed in the immediate future, but did not say precisely when.

Settlement For Ailes?

Posted in FNC on August 8, 2016 by icn2

Amid two stories coming out about Roger Ailes’ alleged harrassment; one from Andrea Tantaros and the other from Shelley Ross, Vanity Fair’s Sarah Ellison reports on FOX pressure on Ailes to settle…

Meanwhile, 21st Century Fox has begun discussing a settlement in the Gretchen Carlson lawsuit against Ailes, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. The company is requesting that Ailes, who has denied all Carlson’s allegations, fund at least a portion of the settlement, which is expected to reach eight figures, these people said. At issue in the settlement talks is the existence of audio tapes recorded by multiple women in conversation with Ailes, two people familiar with the tapes said. Ailes’ lawyers have argued that any negotiation with Carlson should take place in private arbitration, but the specter of a public trial looms. “If they litigate the case, all the tapes will become public, directly and through others,” this person said. “Then you will have a parade of women come in. Nobody wants that.” (Ailes, through his lawyer, denied all allegations.)

And then there’s this…which I said a few weeks ago was a definite possibility…

A massive culture change, however, seems probable. Some Ailes loyalists who remain affiliated with Fox News find themselves in a particularly difficult spot. They are anxious to distance themselves from him, even as they anticipate their own ouster from the network, a Fox source told me. Several of them, who worked for Ailes in a personal capacity but were on Fox’s payroll, were dismissed last week, according to one senior Fox employee.