More Van Susteren…

Posted in FNC on September 6, 2016 by icn2

NY Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman has more on the Greta Van Susteren departure from FNC…

Fox News announced Greta Van Susteren was leaving the network and will be replaced by Brit Hume until the election. Fox’s media correspondent Howard Kurtz reported Van Susteren left after asking to renegotiate her contract. But a source close to Van Susteren disputed this, telling me Van Susteren left because “she is troubled by the culture” Ailes built. On September 1, Van Susteren notified Fox that she was exercising a clause in her contract that allows her to leave Fox if Ailes is no longer running the channel.

Over the summer, Van Susteren took flak for casting doubt on Carlson’s claims. The source says Van Susteren did not know about Ailes’s alleged harassment at that point.

Settlement in the Carlson Lawsuit…

Posted in FNC on September 6, 2016 by icn2

Vainity Fair’s Sarah Ellison writes about FNC settling the Carlson lawsuit on behalf of Roger Ailes…

The Murdochs appear intent on putting the Ailes saga behind them as they move into the last stretches of an election and an attempt to corral crucial anchors, such as Megyn Kelly, to re-sign with the network. Now the company has agreed, on behalf of Ailes, to settle Carlson’s suit for a stunning $20 million, according to three people familiar with the settlement. To reinforce their seriousness about creating a new culture in a post-Ailes world, the company offered Carlson a public apology as part of the settlement. “We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve,” the statement noted. (The company, according to two people familiar with the discussions, has also reached settlement agreements with two other women.)

Though Carlson’s case is against Ailes personally, Fox is essentially his insurer for any settlement, according to two people familiar with the arrangement, and discussions between Ailes’s legal team and 21st Century Fox’s legal team became very tense regarding how much Ailes might pay in a settlement. (At press time, it was unclear how much Ailes was personally on the hook for.) As part of the language at the end of the settlement, numerous people with knowledge of the deal told me, Carlson has agreed not to bring any further legal action against other executives at Fox News, or against the company itself.

Greta Van Susteren Departs FNC…

Posted in FNC on September 6, 2016 by icn2

Greta Van Susteren exercised her Roger Ailes escape clause…

Yes, I have left the Fox News Channel.

On Thursday night, I made my decision and informed Fox News of my decision that I was leaving Fox News Channel per my contract.

Fox has not felt like home to me for a few years and I took advantage of the clause in my contract which allows me to leave now. The clause had a time limitation, meaning I could not wait.

The timeframe Greta cites is going to raise some eyebrows. “A few years” could put her show being moved out of primetime into play as a contributing factor.

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…