It’s been one month since Fox News executives fired Bill O’Reilly after a series of sexual harassment allegations against him came to light. However, this move has just come back to bite them in a big way.
Breitbart reported that Fox News’ ratings have plummeted this month, and the network has gone into panic mode after MSNBC won the key demo (25-54) during weeknights for the first time in seven years last week. The Rachel Maddow Show, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell and The 11th Hour with Brian Williams each finished first in their time slot, something that nobody at Fox ever saw coming.
Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch has reportedly called two emergency meetings today to address this situation. The meetings are to be held in two shifts at Studio F so that the entire staff at Fox can be accommodated. During the meetings, Murdoch will discuss both the company’s plans for a new newsroom and its overall direction and future.
Murdoch is hoping the meetings will “rally the troops” in the face of the challenges.
This comes after the New York Daily News reported that O’Reilly is currently being scouted by various conservative media outlets who hope to create a potent competitor to Fox News.
“Bill O’Reilly has been nothing short of a powerhouse in cable news. We have received thousands of requests to add Mr. O’Reilly to our team,” said Charles Herring, CEO of San Diego-based One America Network. “I’m sure several national cable news networks have expressed strong interest in Mr. O’Reilly, and One America News is no exception, but we have no further comments at this time.”
Sources say O’Reilly is also being pursued by Sinclair, a huge right-leaning broadcaster that owns 170 TV stations, including Chicago’s superstation WGN. Sinclair struck a $3.9-million deal this month to buy Tribune media and its 42 stations, and executives are trying to turn WGN into a conservative all-news network to compete with Fox.
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