Fox sacks Bill O'Reilly amid harassment storm

20 April, 2017, 10:23 | Author: Benny Bass

He still went ahead and signed a new contract with Fox, however.

Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz then recounted the day's news and said that some women at the company had felt uncomfortable with O'Reilly's continued presence.

Fox News has officially cut ties with its biggest prime time star, Bill O'Reilly, following sexual harassment claims lodged against him.

O'Reilly said in an April 1 statement that he had been unfairly targeted because of his public prominence. O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that fi.

Twenty-First Century Fox's last fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2016, brought in a total of $7.65 billion in advertising revenue.

(Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invsion/AP, File).

"The O'Reilly Factor" averaged 3.71 million viewers over the five nights following the Times story, according to the Nielsen company.

The firing followed a New York Times investigation that uncovered $13 million in settlements paid out to five women in exchange for agreeing to not speak out or pursue litigation regarding allegations of sexual harassment against O'Reilly.

Fox News announced the changes in a statement after news of O'Reilly's departure broke. Fox's longtime CEO Roger Ailes resigned abruptly amid similar sexual harassment charges last July. In January, he filled in Megyn Kelly's spot who described her departure from the network for NBC as a "tough decision".

That certainly could happen, though it probably won't be easy. He said he wishes "only the best for Fox News Channel".

O'Reilly, 67, had ruled the "no spin zone" on television with a quick smile and an even quicker temper. "The O'Reilly Factor" has generated a huge ad bonanza for Fox, one that yielded more than $178 million in 2015.

"Mission accomplished", said Keith Olbermann, who frequently tweaked O'Reilly on an MSNBC show that competed in the same time slot for several years. But now O'Reilly will be replaced by Tucker Carlson. O'Reilly's ratings overshadow Carlson's, and his show's viewership fell this week while he was on vacation and other Fox hosts subbed in. "When we look at data, at what programs people report watching, you just don't find people who watch Bill O'Reilly and nothing else on Fox", Cassino said.

O'Reilly is also one of the country's most popular nonfiction authors. Fox owns 39 percent of European TV giant Sky, and has long wanted to take over the whole company. It's now trying again, although a United Kingdom media regulator must certify that the combined company would be a "fit and proper" owner of the broadcaster.

The U.S. Attorney's office in NY is investigating how 21st Century Fox handled the Roger Ailes scandal.

O'Reilly has largely remained quiet in the face of these accusations, though he has rejected them and said he agreed to the settlements only to protect his family.

The statement expressed "full confidence that the network will continue to be a powerhouse in cable news", adding: "Lastly, and most importantly, we want to underscore our commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect". For Fox executives, it wasn't clear when it would end: a campaign to target advertisers was continuing, a group of women demonstrated in front of Fox's headquarters Tuesday and another woman, a former clerical worker at Fox, called a harassment hotline and accusing the host of boorish behavior.

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