Rupert Murdoch: ‘This Has Been a Challenging Time’

By Mark Joyella Comment

In a memo to staffers at Fox News, Rupert Murdoch congratulated his team on strong ratings for coverage of the Republican National Convention, but also conceded “there’s no doubt this has been a challenging time.”

In the memo, obtained by The New York Times’ Emily Steel, Murdoch makes only a vague reference to the resignation of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, saying “we had to face being the news last week.” Murdoch said “despite the extraordinary circumstances, we never compromised our dedication to the viewers and everyone’s professionalism was on display throughout.”

Murdoch, who stepped in to lead the network after Ailes’ departure, said “the power of the brand has never been stronger.”