Author: Stephen Battaglio

Bill O'Reilly reportedly paid $32-million harassment settlement before signing new Fox News contract

Fired Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly paid $32 million to settle a sexual harassment claim just before he signed his last contract with Fox News. A report in the New York Times published Saturday said O’Reilly made the settlement to Lis Wiehl, a longtime contributor to his program, who alleged that… Source: Entertainment

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Tribune Media shareholders vote in favor of merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group

Sinclair Broadcast Group is a step closer to taking over Tribune Media, as shareholders of the Chicago-based media company voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed $3.9 billion acquisition. Tribune Media said more than 99% of the votes cast by shareholders at a special meeting held Thursday… Source: Entertainment

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Muhammad Ali Enterprises sues Fox over use of fighter's image in Super Bowl telecast

The company that owns the posthumous image of Muhammad Ali has filed a $30-million lawsuit against Fox Broadcasting Co., claiming the legendary fighter’s likeness was improperly used during its February telecast of Super Bowl LI. The suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Illinois said the… Source: Entertainment

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ESPN suspends Jemele Hill over tweet suggesting boycott of Dallas Cowboys' advertisers

ESPN suspended “SportsCenter” host Jemele Hill on Monday for violating the sports network’s social media policy. Hill tweeted in response to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ announcement that players would be benched if they did not stand during the national anthem. “Jerry Jones also has created… Source: Entertainment

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Broadcast networks' premiere week ratings take a hit as viewers watch on delay

Even ABC’s new hit “The Good Doctor” could not stem the bleeding of viewers during the broadcast networks’ premiere week of the 2017-18 television season. The combined audience for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CW for the week of Sept. 25 through Oct. 1 was down 11% from a year ago, continuing the long-term… Source: […]

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Fox News adds a live program at 11 p.m. with Shannon Bream

Fox News is expanding its program lineup with a new live 11 p.m. ET broadcast anchored by Shannon Bream. The 21st Century Fox unit announced Thursday that it plans to launch “Fox News @ Night” on Oct. 30, the same night the cable news channel is kicking off its new prime-time show with conservative… Source: […]

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Political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes files lawsuit alleging she was raped by Fox Business host Charles Payne

Political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes, who this year said she was raped in July 2013 by Fox Business Network host Charles Payne, made that allegation in a civil lawsuit filed Monday. Payne was suspended from his role as an on-air host July 6 while the allegations, made to Fox News and its parent… Source: Entertainment

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Emmy Awards draw 11.4 million viewers to CBS telecast, even with last year

The CBS telecast of the 69th Emmy Awards was watched by about 11.4 million viewers on Sunday, roughly equaling last year’s audience level, which hit an all-time low. The good news for CBS is the number did not decline from 2016, when the broadcast aired on ABC. Ratings for the Emmys have been on… Source: […]

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Murdochs face further delay in quest to buy Britain's Sky TV

British government officials have dealt a setback to 21st Century Fox’s pending deal to take over European pay-TV service Sky. The takeover now will be examined by the Competition and Markets Authority, which will determine whether the acquisition gives the Murdochs, who control 21st Century Fox,… Source: Entertainment

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Craig Carton, co-host of 'Boomer and Carton' sports radio show, accused of wire and securities fraud

Craig Carton, co-host of the popular morning “Boomer and Carton” radio show on New York sports station WFAN, was arrested Wednesday by federal authorities on fraud charges after allegedly using money raised for a ticket resale business to fund gambling debts. According to a complaint filed in U.S…. Source: Entertainment

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