Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Business | By Sandy Mccarthy

Fox thrives despite scandals involving O'Reilly and Ailes

Fox thrives despite scandals involving O'Reilly and Ailes

Over the past two days, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, BMW and more than a dozen other blue-chip advertisers have withdrawn spots from the show amid the scandal over sexual harassment allegations leveled at the veteran Fox News host.

Hyundai said early Tuesday that it is not now advertising on "The O'Reilly Factor" but will remove upcoming ads because of the "recent and disturbing allegations".

Another company, Lexus, said in a statement Monday, "We take our duties as a responsible advertiser seriously, and seek to partner with organizations who share our company culture and philosophy of respect for all people".

The auto company said its ads had been "reassigned", calling the NYT allegations "disturbing".

A Fox News spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A Coldwell Banker ad ran during Tuesday night's episode, but the real estate company tweeted afterwards, "We were disappointed that our ad ran on O'Reilly as it wasn't part of our intentional media programming".

Fox News acknowledged the advertiser defections in a statement released on Tuesday, April 4. And she said Fox never looked into her charges. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline.

Meanwhile, we've reached out to Fox News Channel.

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"The O'Reilly Factor" is Fox News' most watched program and is coming off the highest-rated first quarter in its history, averaging 4 million viewers, according to Nielsen. The remaining advertisers are being pressured to follow them.

The defections show that the growing scrutiny of the treatment of Fox News' female employees is beginning to have an impact on the business.

The moves came after a New York Times report said the cable news giant and O'Reilly had paid five women a total of US$13 million in the cases spanning 15 years, in exchange for their silence and agreement not to pursue litigation against Fox News, a favourite among conservatives.

Meanwhile, an attorney for a former guest on his show is calling for an independent investigation of sexual harassment allegations against him.

Cosby supposedly said that if O'Reilly were serious about assaulting women, "he would have offered them drinks".

Since the Times published its report, seven companies have removed ads from the program, including carmakers Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai and BMW. Fox News itself makes up one-fifth of parent company 21st Century Fox's profit, according to estimates from Anthony DiClemete, a media analyst with the Nomura investment bank.

On Monday, Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky filed a separate sexual harassment suit against Ailes.

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