On her podcast, Megyn Kelly addressed the latest news related to the recent leaked behind-the-scenes footage of Tucker Carlson and who may be responsible.
In the wake of the leak to The New York Times following Tucker’s ouster from Fox, Kelly shared her suspicion that the head of communications and PR at Fox, Irena Briganti was responsible. Her speculation gained evidence as she revealed the latest news.
According to The Daily Caller, Fox News Chief Legal Counsel, Viet Dinh, reportedly reached out to an associate of Tucker Carlson on May 3 to convey a message. Dinh expressed regret over the previous week’s media coverage and assured Carlson’s camp that Fox News had not authorized the leaks that resulted in negative headlines.
Kelly spoke with guest Charlie Kirk about the progression, “We’re learning more about who is behind at least some of the leaks in this case, and I will start with this, sources say, Viet Dinh, the general counsel of Fox News relayed that the head of Fox News PR, Irena Briganti had been warned that she would be fired if she were caught leaking.”
Fox News has continually denied that Briganti has been the source of any leaks.
Dinh allegedly mentioned that Irena Briganti, the head of Fox News PR, had been warned of potential dismissal if caught leaking. Dinh admitted the network’s leaders also suspect Anne Dias, a wealthy hedge fund manager and Fox board member of unauthorized communication with the press about Tucker Carlson.
Kelly continued by explaining the small number of people with access to the leaked material, “They were redacted. Nobody knew about them, except for Fox people and Dominion executives so whoever had access to those also had access to those Tucker videos that were leaked to Media Matters, and that is a very small circle of people, and what I can add to the Daily Caller reporting is, after this piece hit The Times, the executives went right to Irena Briganti and said ‘If you leak, you’re fired’. And they suspected that she was the one behind this.”
Dinh also reportedly admitted the network’s leaders also suspect Fox board member Anne Dias, a wealthy hedge fund manager with ties to George Soros, of unauthorized communication with the press about Tucker Carlson.
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WDAY Host Jeff Left Retires After 50 Years
Left worked in New York City, Portsmouth, Columbus, Philadelphia, and Fargo.
WDAY host Jeff Left is saying goodbye to radio as he’s retiring after 50 years in the industry across the country. Left began his career in Cleveland, Ohio, when he was 17 years old, and his first on-air opportunity was reading traffic reports to listeners.
“I wasn’t afraid or nothing. ‘I-35 backed up 10 minutes’, and I’m just reading it,” Left said about doing his first live-reads. “I said to myself, ‘Is this it? This is fun!”
Those live-reads led to Left traveling the country and working at various stations throughout his 50-year career. He worked in New York City, Portsmouth, Columbus, Philadelphia, and Fargo.
Eventually, he returned to WDAY for a second time, working in sales, production, and as an on-air personality alongside Bonnie & Friends.
“I’m lucky enough to have 27 advertising awards, I’ve been published 23 times nationally…” Left said. “…I thought it was time, and so that is why I decided to retire.”
Beginning Monday, October 2, Jace Denman will join Bonnie & Friends as Bonnie’s new co-host.
KQED Promotes Ernesto Aguilar to Executive Role
Since joining the radio station in 2021, Aguilar has been Director of Radio Programming.
News/talk KQED in San Francisco is promoting Ernesto Aguilar to Executive Director of Radio Programming and Content DEI. Since joining the radio station in 2021, Aguilar has been Director of Radio Programming.
Aguilar reacted to his promotion on X, formerly Twitter, and shed light on details of what the new role that he’s taking over will consist of.
“Happy to share that my role at @KQED is growing,” Aguilar wrote. “I’m now Executive Director of Radio Programming and Content DEI. In addition to the exciting broadcasts we do, I’ll also now oversee diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in the Content division.
“I’ll work closely with our Chief DEI Officer and teams to ensure our internal culture and our programming authentically serves the diverse Bay Area community we cherish. I’ll also be implementing annual Content DEI plans.”
Before joining KQED and heading to the Bay Area, Aguilar was Executive Director of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and worked in Houston’s public radio scene. Furthermore, he thanked his boss, Holly Kernan, for entrusting him with the new role.
“Sincere thanks to @KQEDKernan, my boss, for her dedication and leadership on diversity issues,” Aguilar added. “Her support for devoting resources within Content is invaluable and a step I hope other organizations learn from.
Chris Hayes Taking Podcast on Road with Live Tour
Joy Reid will join Hayes while the tour is in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Rachel Maddow is the guest for the New York stop.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is taking his Why Is This Happening? podcast on tour, as he’ll be hosting three live shows in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York. Hayes has already made a stop in Austin, but the bulk of the tour is getting underway.
Hayes’ tour this fall will begin on Oct. 9 in Chicago, then head to Philadelphia on Oct. 16, and conclude in New York on Nov. 12. Furthermore, the MSNBC host won’t be alone, as he’ll guest, including some from his network.
Joy Reid will join Hayes while the tour is in Philadelphia; meanwhile, Rachel Maddow is the guest for the New York stop.
The All In host was recently in the news after it was announced that Inside with Jen Psaki will take over the Monday 8 p.m. time slot of Hayes’ show, with the change beginning on Sept. 25.
Nonetheless, Hayes will still anchor his show Tuesday through Friday, and Psaki will continue in her Sunday time slot at noon.