Douglas Wigdor, the attorney whose firm represents 20 plaintiffs in sexual harassment and racial discrimination cases against Fox News, has been invited to appear before the Office of Communications, also known as Ofcom, the British regulatory body reviewing whether 21st Century Fox can be a fit owner of Sky.
Wendy Walsh, who was once a regular guest on Fox News, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the deal would allow Fox to bring a culture of sexual and racial harassment to the United Kingdom.
The comment came during an ambush interview with the BBC's Amol Rajan, who asked Murdoch if he was anxious about the ongoing federal investigation of 21st Century Fox and the class action racial discrimination suit against Fox News. With executive exits, Bill O'Reilly canned, and the lawsuits piling up in recent weeks, not to mention the removal of lon time head honcho Roger Ailes under a storm of sexual harassment claims and settlements last summer, FNC's response today was to say that "FOX News terminated Judy Slater before a single lawsuit or any amended complaint was filed". However, Murdoch has a point about the network's ratings as FNC finished April as the most-watched channel in all of cable.
"Nothing's happening at Fox News", Murdoch replied, rolling up his passenger seat window. TNT's NBA-playoff heavy schedule finished second, averaging 1.8 million viewers between 8-11 p.m. MSNBC, HGTV and ESPN round out the top five.
"These actions have led to an overhaul of Fox News Channel's leadership, management and reporting structure, and have driven fundamental changes to the channel's on-air talent and prime time programming line-up". But the takeover is politically sensitive in Britain where a previous attempt to take full control of Sky in 2011 was derailed by a phone hacking scandal at one of Murdoch's British newspapers, revealing close ties between politicians, police and the media.
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Bloom says the takeover will bring a "culture of sexual and racial harassment and retaliation to the UK". Nothing, okay?' Murdoch told a BBC reporter on Monday.
"Not to downplay in any way these discrimination allegations, but [the phone hacking scandal] was a very serious situation in which a people and companies at home and overseas suffered", he said.
Walsh has alleged that O'Reilly broke a promise to get her a job at Fox News because she rejected his advances.
Phone-hacking part 2?Bill Shine, a longtime deputy for Ailes who was promoted to co-president of Fox News in August, was also forced to leave due to the perception that he did little to deter inappropriate behavior within the company.
It added: "The company's management has taken prompt and decisive action to address reports of sexual harassment and workplace issues at Fox News".
The trouble for the company is that, on Thursday, Wigdor is going to spend rather a long time in the inner sanctum of Ofcom providing the kind of detail that can not be good news for the Murdochs' latest bid. He is not accused of harassment.