This has has been a roller coaster year for the television industry—ratings are falling, the upfront cost per impression is soaring, and there are major questions about the future of TV—which means TV's top executives have a lot to reflect on as they plot for 2017.
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What is Fox News without Roger Ailes? A question once only whispered in the cable news giant's headquarters on Sixth Avenue in New York has grown to be the pressing query in media circles. The man who created the Fox News brand in 1996, and aggressively built his network into the No.
After a flurry of bizarre reports earlier this week, confirmed then quickly denied, about Roger Ailes' exit from Fox News, it's now official: The chairman and CEO is departing the top-ranked cable news network he co-founded in 1996.
Roger Ailes' first moon shot came when he was 29 years old. He was in the Oval Office setting up the first interplanetary split screen. "Eagle" had just landed on the moon.
James Murdoch, who took over as CEO of 21st Century Fox in July, doesn't see Netflix as a harbinger of a world without advertising. But he said the ways brands reach consumers through video has to change.
21st Century Fox, which has had a joint venture with National Geographic's TV channels for almost two decades, is expanding that partnership to all of National Geographic Society's media properties.
The man who brought the constant score and time graphic to sports telecasts and innovations like hockey's glow puck and football's yellow first-down line, is leaving his longtime home at 21st Century Fox. David Hill, who has been with News Corp. since 1988, will leave the company just as the next generation of Murdochs takes over.
The consultant behind 21st Century Fox's global media review is no stranger to such searches. In fact, MediaLink handled the 2011 review triggered by Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal.
There is a new Empire at Fox—in more ways than one. Ahead of their first upfront Monday afternoon as Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs, Dana Walden and Gary Newman announced a 2015-16 lineup with one big expected move—Empire is moving from midseason to anchor the fall lineup—and one stunner: former blockbuster American Idol will end its run next year.
21st Century Fox has become the latest broadcaster to have its programming pulled from the Dish Network lineup, following similar disputes by Turner Broadcasting and CBS Corp., which led to similar blackouts in the past several months.