Fox Corp. will not open its offices or facilities until at least April 2021, according to the company’s CEO Lachlan Murdoch who recently sent out a memo to employees explaining what the next several months may look like.
“Over the past eight months, our teams have been working together more closely than ever despite the physical separation,” the letter said. “It was our hope that the trajectory of the pandemic would be such that we could begin our reopening in January 2021. However, with cases continuing to rise, we have delayed our next possible phase one reopening date to no earlier than April 2021.”
In addition to extending the remote work period, Fox is also going to prolong the period when it pays full-time employees’ health insurance premiums. That benefit will now last through the end of 2021.
“We made this decision with the well-being of the entire FOX organization in mind. With most employees continuing to work remotely through at least the end of March, we are able to maintain a low density in our offices for those employees whose jobs do require them to be on site.”
Ryan Hedrick works for WIBC in Indianapolis as a Morning News Anchor/Digital Content Producer. Prior to moving to Indy, he served as Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. His career also includes stints at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA, Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and WIBW-AM in Topeka KS where he earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
Cenk Uygur: I Like The Reinvented Jake Tapper
“I don’t know what happened to old (Jake Tapper), but I like this new one.”
Rep. James Comer (R-KY) appeared on The Lead with CNN’s Jake Tapper, claiming that prosecutors indicted Hunter Biden with an additional nine tax counts that could earn him years in prison, all to shield the First Son from a congressional subpoena.
During the interview, Tapper scoffed at Comer’s claim that the Biden administration is engaged in a “coverup.” As a result, Tapper responded by saying, “Ah, yes! Yes! He indicted him to protect him. Yes! The classic rubric. He indicted him to protect him. I got it!”
Tapper mocking Comer’s claim didn’t go unnoticed. The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur applauded this type of behavior from the CNN host, claiming that he’s a fan of this new Tapper.
“I don’t know what happened to old (Jake Tapper), but I like this new one who challenges foreign leaders and sitting Congressmen,” Uygur wrote Friday on X. “Journalism is about holding the powerful accountable. So, this is a solid development. Credit where credit is due.”
Tucker Carlson Officially Launches New Digital Content Network
“We have been working in secret and producing an awful lot of material.”
Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson has launched his new streaming platform called the Tucker Carlson Network, which features various media products.
The Daily Caller co-founder Neil Patel will become CEO of the new company alongside Justin Wells, who will oversee “all programming and content.” According to the press release, “Carlson’s non-subscriber video content will continue to be available on X.”
Several shows will feature Carlson, including “Tucker Carlson Interview,” “After the Tucker Carlson Interview”, “Ask Tucker”, “TC Shorts”, “The Tucker Carlson Encounter”, and “Tucker Carlson Films.”
As for who will be appearing alongside Carlson, the first guests on “Encounter” include golfer John Daly, GOP presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswami, Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy, and Kid Rock.
Meanwhile, on “Interview”, the subjects are former President Donald Trump, UFC head Dana White, and Argentine President Javier Milei.
“Hey, it’s Tucker Carlson,” Carlson said in a video posted Saturday on X. “We’ve been out of work for 7 or 8 months now, hard to know. Time flies when you’re unemployed, but actually, we have been working in secret and producing an awful lot of material for months now—interviews, etc. And all of it has found its way to TuckerCarlson.com.”
Subscriber-only content is available for $9 per month and $72 per year. Additionally, Carlson hinted at the possibility of the website being part of a larger project.
Fox News Refutes Reporter’s Claim of Unjust Firing Over January 6th Coverage
Last month, Jason Donner filed a lawsuit for discrimination and retaliation. Fox News has denied any wrongdoing.
Fox News disputed the claims of a former employee on Friday. The reporter alleged that the network targeted and fired him for challenging false claims about the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Last month, Jason Donner filed a lawsuit for discrimination and retaliation. However, the network argues that he has not shown he faced illegal discrimination.
The lawyers of Fox argued that Donner did not provide evidence that he had joined a political party or that his employers were aware of his political affiliations.
“That law does not protect employees of news media organizations based on their differences of opinion over reporting and commentary on matters of public concern,” Fox attorneys wrote.
Additionally, the network raised concerns about whether he had adequately informed managers when he took sick leave after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and whether he filed the lawsuit within the legally allowed time frame.
Donner joined Fox News in 2010 and worked his way up to become a Capitol Hill reporter and producer. Nonetheless, in the fall of 2022, the network terminated his employment. He was appointed senior adviser to Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) after his departure.