So Bill O'Reilly was a nuisance that had to be silenced through a few judiciously placed dollars numbering in the millions. Ailes, too. And there are others, but the real threat is 100 times greater to the suddenly suffering Murdoch corporate purse.
The blowback in the States is just a bit of scandal in the grand scheme of things, and a constant state of existence for FOX News. It turns out to be a bit more than that though, for now the band of Murdoch and the Sex Predators are taking the center ring in England.
You see there is this little matter of a 14.6 Billion dollar deal that Uncle Rupert wants to close, and Sky is the limit. At this point in time, Murdoch holds 36% of Sky, but the government is not too keen on how he has been conducting business in the good old U S of A. It is not just that FOX had become a haven for sexual predators, as delightfully salacious as that is. No, it is the fact that News America Marketing has been utilizing predatory business practuces as a primary strategy in such an open manner that the Murdochs have had to shell out somewhere around a billion bucks in settlements the last couple of years.
The past twelve years has witnessed over 900 million in checks written to various competitors - certainly out of the goodness of Rupert's heart, for there has always been the Trump-like no admission of guilt, of course. 500 million for a major competitor called Valassis; an additional $125 million for Insignia, based in Minnesota, a paltry 29.6 million to Floorgraphics who stuck all those little ads on some of your favorite grocery store floors. The latest, $280 million, was incurred just a year ago to cut short a class-action lawsuit filed by News America's own clients, one of which is the soap manufacturer Dial and the ketchup giant H.J. Heinz.
Sorry, no, that man's fingers are just too big to be you-know-who under the case - maybe next time...
The English regulators reviewing the media giant Murdoch's efforts to acquire SKY have slammed him down before - remember the criminal investigation into corporate sponsored wire-tapping back in the early 2010s? No, not Hewlett-Packard...guess again...
So six years ago the Murdochs lost their first chance to acquire SKY, the largest media company in Europe because of a little scandal. As part of its role, Ofcom must ensure that holders of broadcast licences are 'fit and proper' - and some politicians and campaigners have questioned whether Murdoch and his family fit the bill since the phone-hacking scandal exploded in 2011.
Murdoch has held a unique position in Britain in years gone by, with former prime ministers such as Tony Blair and David Cameron lining up to secure the blessing of the media mogul and the backing of his newspapers. Critics say this has given him too much say over public and political life in Britain.
The phone-hacking scandal prompted Ofcom to investigate whether Sky was still a fit and proper broadcast licensee due to its links to James and Rupert Murdoch. James Murdoch was at the time a former CEO and chairman of Sky while Rupert Murdoch was linked due to his role at biggest shareholder News Corp. - The Daily Mail 25 APR 2017
And just a few days ago NPR reported yet another lawsuit filed against Murdoch's showpiece that is fighting to lose the Internet moniker "Faux News" it garnered over the last few years (Tucker Carlson, really?).
According to NPR’s David Folkenflik, Andrea Tantaros, former Fox News host and plaintiff in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the network and its former CEO Roger Ailes, has presented a new lawsuit against the network. The new lawsuit, according to Folkenflik, says the network arranged “to have her private communications spied on as part of a campaign of intimidation” that involved Twitter “sock puppet” accounts tweeting the contents of her private conversations after she reported sexual harassment incidents at Fox News
So here Murdoch stews a bit more as the regulators have decided to include in their investigations News America Advertising's highly suspect business actions, with the possible consequences of that research resulting in the decision that the Murdochs are not socially fit to own SKY, potentially forcing Rupert and the boys to divest the significant interest they already hold.
It has a poor week for Fox owner Murdoch, and there are damn few signs of it getting better anytime soon.
Geoffrey S Jade Barrett, Chairman, SANE60