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Rupert Murdoch Memo Thanks Fox News Staff For Ratings Success As Bill O’Reilly Probe Underway

Deadline logo Deadline 4/13/2017 Lisa de Moraes
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Two days after Fox News primetime star Bill O’Reilly announced on air that he’s going on vacation, as he said he did same time last year, and announced a “Guess Where Bill Is Going” online contest, parent-company chief Rupert Murdoch sent a pep-talk memo to staff.

As with O’Reilly’s vacay remark, this too constitutes news because, days earlier, the New York Times reported Fox News and its primetime star had, between them, allegedly paid five women nearly $13M in settlements going back 15 years.  Fox Fox News parent, 21st Century Fox has confirmed it will investigate the sexual harassment claims.

Murdoch’s memo:

Colleagues,

As we enter this new spring season, I’d like to take the opportunity to wish those celebrating, a wonderful Passover and Easter holiday. The first few months of this year have already given us much to be thankful for. FOX News just delivered its highest-rated quarter ever and remains number one in cable in both prime time and total day, while FOX Business has surpassed CNBC as the number one business channel on television. I am tremendously proud of our entire team and truly grateful for the hard work everyone has contributed to ensure our continued future success.

Regards,

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