Fox News Is Now Watered Down.

Robert Massimi.

Fox News is becoming a joke. Bad enough they bring on big league criminal Donna Brazile ( shes under investigation). They bring on Hilton Perez as well, a well known libersl. Bad enough we have to endure Shepard Smith and other liberals on Fox. Recently Jeanne Pierro was suspended for two weeks for her opening monologue where she spoke the truth.
Fox has now given into putti g globalist Paul Ryan on the board at Fox. This eill mean luke warm politics and a real back stabbing approach to how Fox will be run.paul Ryan proved his true colors over and over when president Trump was running and then when he was elected.
Fox has become a weak station as of late.what was once a strong lineup, it is now weaker. Greta van Sustrun was repaced by a very wesl Martha Mac Csllum. Although I like Tucker Carlson better than O Reilly and thought Kelly was stronger than Hannity. The middle of the dsy is weaker, much weaker than the days of Glenn Beck. It seems that Fox is trying to play nice and pacifying the left.
Fox used to speak it’s mind, whether right or wrong, it was a conservative news organization. Head and shoulders above CNN and MSNBC, Fox was ghe class of news organizations. Fox was at the top of its game wgen it got rid of Grethen Carlson and Andrea Tantorous. These two were weak journalists. Fix went downhill with thr hires of Meghan Mc Cain and putting the 5 on at 9pm. The 5 should have been cancelled all together with buffoons like Bectel and botox Kimberly Guilfoyle and Geraldo Rivera on its show.
Fox better shore up its programming or it will lose its audience. Signing the two latest baffons hurts Fox. A former head of the DNC is not who you want.
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Murdoch family launches a new Fox; former House Speaker Paul Ryan joins company’s board
By MEG JAMES
MAR 19, 2019 | 9:10 AM

Murdoch family launches a new Fox; former House Speaker Paul Ryan joins company’s board
Lachlan Murdoch, shown in 2018, will run the new slimmed-down version of Fox. Tuesday marks the first day of the new company. (Stephanie Keith / Getty Images)
Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has spun off various television assets — including the Fox News Channel and Fox broadcast network — to form a new company that will be known simply as Fox Corp.

The spinoff completed early Tuesday is part of a multi-pronged process that will culminate with the $71.3-billion sale of the rest of Murdoch’s entertainment company to Walt Disney Co. The company announced that it had finished the process of issuing shares in the new Fox Corp. to investors of 21st Century Fox.

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Fox announced its board members, including former U.S. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). Other board members include Rupert Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch, Anne Dias, Chase Carey, Roland A. Hernandez and Jacques Nasser.

The new Fox is now “a standalone, publicly traded company,” the company said. Its shares are listed on the Nasdaq market; Tuesday marks the first day of trading.

The 88-year-old mogul from Australia and his family decided in late 2017 to break up their entertainment empire, and Disney was Murdoch’s preferred suitor. The Disney portion of the deal is expected to be complete late Tuesday night when the Burbank entertainment giant swallows the bulk of the Fox assets.

The new incarnation of Fox is a slimmer version of the old Fox.

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Its assets include Fox News Channel; Fox Business Network; two national Fox Sports channels, FS1 and FS2; the Fox Broadcasting network; and Fox’s chain of television stations, including KTTV Channel 11 and KCOP Channel 13 in Los Angeles.

The reconfigured Fox Corp. will emphasize live programming, with NFL prime-time games on Thursday nights and WWE’s “Smackdown” on Fridays. With a growing number of viewers watching scripted dramas and comedies on a delayed basis, Fox is seeking to have more commercials that reach consumers with greater immediacy.

The network’s entertainment chief, Charlie Collier, has said Fox will remain in the scripted-TV business, taking ownership stakes in the new series it buys from outside suppliers and developing its own properties. Fox has negotiated deals with Disney to keep the network’s signature animated shows “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” and will continue to develop new series in the genre.

Fox News will also be a critical piece of the new company as it generates more than $1 billion in annual profit thanks to growth in cable and satellite subscriber fees and ratings that make it the most-watched channel behind the broadcast networks. Although Fox News has seen advertisers resist buying commercial time on the shows of its provocative conservative commentators, the network’s audience is still valued by Madison Avenue because 90% of its viewers watch live.

Fox also is holding onto the historic studio lot on Pico Boulevard in West Los Angeles, where the mogul’s oldest son, Lachlan Murdoch, 47, is based.

Lachlan Murdoch will run the new Fox company as its chairman and chief executive. The Murdoch family will control the company through its ownership of voting shares.

The stock for the new company opened Tuesday at $39.48 a share and stayed within that range during the early hours of trading.

The spinoff comes amid high anxiety on the Fox lot in Los Angeles because of the anticipation that more than 3,000 jobs will eventually be eliminated as part of Disney’s consolidation of the remaining Fox assets, two people familiar with the matter said. Most of the affected positions are in Los Angeles.

Fox alerted the employees whom it planned to retain in December. Disney has already identified key executives who will make the switch but must still decide in the coming days and months who will be integrated into the expanded company.

Disney is buying the 20th Century Fox movie and television studios with their rich vault of titles, including “Modern Family,” “The Simpsons,” “Avatar” and “Deadpool.” The goal is to ramp up a programming pipeline for a new streaming service, called Disney+, that the company plans to launch later this year.

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Other Fox assets going to Disney include the FX and National Geographic channels, international television assets, including Star India, and Fox’s 30% stake in streaming service Hulu, which will give Disney the controlling interest in that growing business.

Disney must sell the 22 Fox regional sports networks, including the YES network in New York, which broadcasts Yankees baseball games, and Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West in Los Angeles. Disney wanted to buy the regional channels, but the U.S. Justice Department would not allow that. In order to gain regulatory approval of the deal, Disney agreed to divest the regional sports channels.

Disney has 90 days to sell the regional sports channels but would like to identify a buyer within a month, according to a knowledgeable person who was not authorized to comment.

Fox Corp., whose ticker will be Fox, will be added to the Standard & Poor’s 500 index before trading begins Tuesday.

The Murdoch family will continue to control their publishing company, News Corp., which includes the Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Times of London. The family also will become major shareholders of Disney.

The Murdochs stand to receive nearly $12 billion in cash and stock from Disney, according to Bloomberg.

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Meg James is a corporate media reporter for the Los Angeles Times, covering the business of television and advertising. She has been a member of the Company Town team for more than a decade. She previously wrote for the Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post. A native of Wyoming, she is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Columbia University.
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Was a drama critic at Manhattan College. Wrote professionally for Bergen News, Sun Bulletin . Alpha Sigma Lambda, Beta Theta. Has seen over 600 shows worldwide, has published both on Theater and Politics. Avid reader on many subjects and writers. Chief Drama critic for Metropolitan magazine. Writes for Jerrick media, American conservative, The City Journal and Reason magazine. Has produced shows both on and off Broadway.

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