Apr 21, 2017

Firing O’Reilly won’t save Rupert from extended fallout

Like the News of the World phone-hacking crisis, which engulfed Murdoch’s UK empire (and a bid for the rest of Sky back then in 2011), the harassment scandal is still spiralling.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

The known cost of the great sexual harassment by just two elderly men -- Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes -- has cost the Murdoch clan’s 21st Century Fox an estimated US$100 million (A$130 million plus) that we know of. The departure of O’Reilly once again raises the question of the financial and emotional costs to the women especially, and to Fox News and the Murdoch company, as well as any blowback from US regulators who have been investigating whether some of the payments to women victims of both predators should have been disclosed.

CNN reported overnight that O’Reilly will receive a payout of $25 million (A$33 million), or one year’s salary, as part of his exit settlement with 21st Century Fox. That is less than the US$40 million Roger Ailes, the network’s former chairman, received when he was fired in similar circumstances last July. O’Reilly was reportedly waiting for a flight back to the US from Italy (where he was photographed shaking hands with the Pope). He wanted (again, reportedly) to make a final appearance on his Fox program next Monday to say goodbye but learnt that he was out, immediately. O'Reilly's sacking came after he had agreed to a new four-year contract worth US$25 million a year. And his contract reportedly contained a provision for him to receive a maximum of one year’s salary in the event of any dispute or action that required him to leave.

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5 thoughts on “Firing O’Reilly won’t save Rupert from extended fallout

  1. MJM

    “Rupert Murdoch was the hold-out, reluctant to assume responsibility and impose discipline on Fox News management and risk what was becoming his most valuable political and financial weapon across his entire empire, ..”

    Given the “Australian values” espoused by our PM this week I have to wonder why Rupert Murdoch, now a US citizen, is allowed into Australia whenever he chooses. Equal rights for women is clearly not on his agenda.

  2. klewso

    But it’s only share-holders money?

  3. klewso

    Just another “most humble day of my life” for Rupert?

  4. Yclept

    Well, it seems that Rupert is “no angel”…

  5. AR

    Hell will be quaking in fear when the old bastard arrives but does anyone really believe that the foul fruit has fallen far from the rotten tree?

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