• As a member of News Corporation, one of the largest media conglomerates in the world, Fox Entertainment is ubiquitous in the lives of average Americans.
• Fox news is known for its highly conservative content and is frequently criticized for using its broad ownership to pressure its local stations to put a conservative slant on news and programming as well.
• Journalists from several news agencies state that they were pressured by Fox News and the White House to censor their coverage of the Iraq war.
• New Corporation is one of the largest media conglomerates in the world, which threaten independent media and healthy civic discourse on political issues.
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-- Profile Updated 06/12/2008
About Fox Entertainment
The Fox family of companies is a subsidiary of News Corporation, one of the largest media conglomerates in the world. News Corp. operates in the realm of TV, movies, publishing, radio and more. The Fox group owns 20th Century Fox, Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports Net and 34% of The DirecTV Group. News Corp reported FY 2006 sales that topped $25.3 billion, with a team of 44,000 employees. Fox reported $12.17 billion in revenues during the same time period.
Stop Big Media
The non-profit, non-partisan group Free Press sponsors various public campaigns to fight concentrated big media ownership. Fox owner News Corp. is the sixth largest media conglomerate, with programming that enters at least 40% of all American homes. Free Press asks citizens to take action against a complete media takeover by giants News Corp. (Fox), Time Warner, GE, Vivendi Universal, Viacom and Disney by opposing the FCC’s lax enforcement of media ownership rules.
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Ethics and Governance
News Corp. spent $11.4 million on lobbying expenditures from 2000 to 2004.
-- Center for Public Integrity, 10/01/2006
News Corporation is paying $50,000 a month to rent, in addition to $500 a month for utility and maintenance costs, for CEO Rupert Murdoch’s Trump Park Avenue penthouse. Murdoch recently sold his apartment in Manhattan’s SoHo district and is currently renovating penthouse on the Upper East Side for $44 million. According to New Corp. spokesperson Andrew Butcher, “Given his [Murdoch’s] business requirements here, the company, for its convenience, decided that it would pay for an apartment in New York for Mr. Murdoch.”
-- Los Angeles Times, 09/09/2006
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Fox News Network paid $225,000 to settle a 2005 U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sex discrimination suit. The EEOC had filed a sexual harassment lawsuit on behalf of former female employees. The plaintiffs accused Fox News Vice President, Joe Chillemi, of using degrading language when addressing women, particularly those who were pregnant. The EEOC complaint also argued that Fox discriminated against women by assigning them to freelance positions, which offer limited benefits, low job security, and few opportunities for advancement.
-- Washington Post, 08/01/2006
In 2005, Keith Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corporation, earned $23.636 million in total compensation including stock option grants from News Corporation.
-- AFL-CIO, 04/05/2006
Fox News has received broad criticism for its blatant support of the Bush administration. The network recently refused to run advertisements against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. While Fox argues that the ad contained incorrect information, sponsors of the ad claim that this is merely another attempt by Fox and conservatives to "shield President Bush’s choice for the high court."
-- Associated Press, 11/22/2005
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News Corp. shareholders filed a lawsuit alleging that Chairman Rupert Murdoch failed to follow through with promised shareholder protections upon moving the company to the U.S. One such protection was to balance the influence held by the Murdoch family itself, which currently owns 30% of News Corporation.
-- AFP, 10/07/2005
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Journalists from several different news agencies including CNN admit to having been pressured by the Bush Administration and Fox News to censor their coverage of the Iraq War, and to mute the tone of events that were actually reported. Head war correspondent at CNN, Christiane Amanpour, stated that journalists lacked in aggressive questioning of the administration’s motives for entering Iraq because of intimidation from Fox and the White House.
-- USA Today, 09/14/2003
A Florida court ordered Fox Television to pay $425,000 in damages to former employee Jane Akre for wrongful termination in a case regarding her reporting the negative side of using bovine growth hormones. Monsanto, the sole producer of rBGH, conspired with Fox to silence Akre after she threatened to present complaints to the FCC. Fox knowingly prevented Akre and other reporters from broadcasting what they found as potential hazards associated with milk from hormone-treated cows. In 2003, Fox succeeded in overturning the decision in favor of Akre by using arguments that were rejected by three previous judges. Akre and some of her fellow reporters continue to fight Fox on their decision to cover up this issue.
-- BGH Bulletin, 02/14/2003
Source URL: www.foxbghsuit.com/