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FOX News Channel is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. FNC has been the most watched news channel in the country since January 2002. Owned by 21st Century Fox, the network is available in more than 90 million homes. Fox News launched Oct. 7, 1996. Roger Ailes is the chairman, CEO and co-founder of Fox News Channel.

Fox News Viewers Wage War on Dish: Thousands Call to Complain, Disconnect

FNCdishDish customers lost Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network Saturday night, as talks between the network and satellite provider collapsed.

Since late Saturday night, talks have stopped. Fox News EVP of distribution Tim Carry tells TVNewser “our phone line is open, we’re willing to talk. Am I negotiating right now? I’m not.”

Fox viewers, however, are fully engaged. Since 6 a.m. Sunday, over 12,000 calls have been placed to Fox–and 7,000 of them asked to be connected to Dish to disconnect their service. The network reports 22,000 viewer emails have been sent to Dish to object to the Fox blackout, and viewers have swarmed the Dish Facebook page. Fox’s Carry says Dish has agitated a very powerful audience. “Relative to any other fight they’ve had, they’ve never had a viewer as personally invested as Fox News. Our viewers are invested. They have a personal relationship with us.”
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Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network Pulled From DISH Network

DishFox2At 11:50pmET last night, Dish network viewers lost Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network after negotiations on a new carriage agreement failed. Fox says DISH dropped the channel “prematurely.” Dish says “21st Century Fox blocked DISH customer access” to those channels.

“It is unfortunate that the millions of Fox News viewers on DISH were used as pawns by their provider, says Tim Cary, EVP of distribution for Fox News. “Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money and seek another one of our other valued distributors immediately.”

Last Sunday, Fox began running commercials directed at DISH customers. But as the midnight deadline loomed, there was no movement toward an agreement. DISH, which has about 14 million customers, pulled several Turner networks, including CNN and HLN, in October. That blackout lasted a month.

DISH says it offered a short-term contract extension that would “preserve the channels as the two parties continue to negotiate.”

“It is disappointing that, after nearly two decades without a blackout, FOX News Channel has been blocked by DISH Network,” Carry adds. Read more

In Profile: Dobbs, Gabrielle, Mock, Dash

Lou Dobbs was featured in USA Today’s Talking Tech, where he discussed if technology can bring political parties together, his preferred cell phone company and phone apps for space exploration.

 You can identify any source of light in the sky. … Look up at the night sky, look down at your phone, you have all the information you could ask for. It’s brilliant. … Any museum in the country would have given anything for what these apps produce across the ceiling 10 to 15 years ago.

Lea Gabrielle celebrated her one-year anniversary at FNC with a feature in the December 2014 issue of Northern Virginia Magazine. Gabrielle discusses her experience as a fighter pilot, Northern Virginia roots and how the industry treats female reporters.

It’s been great. I really don’t see a difference being a female reporter. But when you’ve been in the military, you’ve gone to a naval academy and you’ve served in the military for a long time, it doesn’t really faze you, the differences. Normal society seems actually pretty gentle compared to being a woman in the military.

Janet Mock was interviewed by Cosmopolitan for her new pop culture show, “So Popular!” on MSNBC’s shift.

MSNBC approached me about anchoring or hosting their culture show, and that’s all they said: “We want a culture show!” So I thought about the kind of show I would love to see, as someone who loves pop culture. I took a lot of cues from Bitch magazine, which does great cultural commentary, and Racialicious. I thought, What if these cultural commentators were able to have a TV show? What would that look like, and how can I create a space for them to come on and discuss their ideas in this witty, irreverent, super-smart, and sharp way?

Fox News Contributor Stacey Dash spoke to the Latin Post about her family, her right-wing support of the GOP and being slammed by minorities. The former “Clueless” star has received both harsh criticism and high praise for voicing her political opinions.

In the street I get [approached by] so many people of every color saying: ‘Thank you so much for standing up and being so brave. I thought it was time to have a black president and that it would unite us in such a profound way. But as a country, I don’t think we’ve been so divided since the Civil Rights Movement.

Fox News Radio Hires Two Correspondents, Moves One

FoxNewsRadioFOX News Radio has made some hires.

Jon Decker joins as a White House correspondent and Gurnal Scott joins as a national correspondent based in New York. At the same time, Fox News Radio’s Jessica Golloher will move from New York, where she was a national reporter, to Jerusalem where she will be Middle East correspondent.

Decker, who will represent FNR in the White House press corps, is joining FNR from SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “White House Insider.” Scott joins from WUNC-FM in Chapel Hill, NC where he was assistant news director.

Megyn Kelly on White House Christmas Party: ‘Boy oh Boy Did I See a Lot of MSNBC Anchors’

Two primetime Fox Newsers turned up in late night last night.

In a coincidental booking, Megyn Kelly was on Jimmy Kimmel on ABC, while Bill O’Reilly dropped by “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on NBC. Both Kelly and O’Reilly were first time guests on Kimmel and Meyers, respectively.

Over on CBS, NBC’s Tom Brokaw paid a visit to “Late Show with David Letterman.”

With Meyers, O’Reilly talked politics, specifically Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and O’Reilly declared victory in the war on Christmas. With Letterman, Brokaw talked about his Presidential Medal of Freedom honor, his new NBC Sports Network show and his health: “Things are going along as well as they possibly could be. And I’m at a stage now where I really worry about other cancer patients because I’m on a good track.”

With Kimmel, Kelly talked about her experience at the White House Christmas party Tuesday night. “Is there a separate section for Fox News,” Kimmel joked. “You mean somewhere other than outside in the rain?,” Kelly said, adding, “Boy or boy, did I see a lot of MSNBC anchors. I think they got a few more invitations than we got.” WATCH: Read more

Greta the Diplomat

NYPGretaThe New York Post, which until last year was a corporate sibling of Fox News, says Greta Van Susteren would have been a better Cuban negotiator than Pres. Obama. In an opinion piece, the Post writes:

It’s hard not to note that in another recent case — Mexico’s jailing of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi — Fox News’ Greta van Susteren helped get this US Marine freed without any of the compromises Obama agreed to in exchange for Alan Gross. Maybe next time the president needs a back-channel negotiation with some thug regime, he should send Greta instead of John Kerry.

The U.S. will be looking for an ambassador to Cuba in due time. Perhaps Greta is ready.

Neil Cavuto’s Tribute to Producer Who Died of Cancer: ‘You Left Us Speechless’

GoodmanCavutoAnnie Goodman, a former Fox News producer for “Your World” and “Forbes on Fox,” died this morning after a three-year battle with triple negative breast cancer. She was 33.

In a tribute on “Your World” this afternoon, anchor Neil Cavuto described her as “always funny, always blunt, always fighting, never quitting.” (Video after the jump.)

“Annie knew her odds, but she also knew she wasn’t going down without a fight,” Cavuto said. “When I asked her about how it felt to be the face of the disease, leave it to Annie to zing back: ‘I’m just sorry I couldn’t offer a pretty face.’ She was pretty wrong.”

Goodman had worked for Fox News for more than a decade in a variety of positions, most of them on Cavuto’s show. (Annie was a friend and colleague with whom I worked for three years at Fox.) She was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer at the age of 30 and underwent several years of chemotherapy and radiation as the disease spread to her ovaries, lungs, and brain. Read more

‘The O’Reilly Factor’ Plans ‘Killing Lincoln’ Preview Show

5O'Reilly BillFox News Channel will air the film “Killing Lincoln” on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 9 pm ET. The film is based on Bill O’Reilly‘s 2011 New York Times best-seller by the same name, so it makes sense that FNC will have a little cross-promotion.

Prior to the film, a special edition of “The O’Reilly Factor” will air, previewing all-things “Killing Lincoln” at 8 pm ET. Co-author of the book Martin Dugard, Glenn Beck, FNC contributors Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham, FOX Business Network’s Don Imus and “Factor” correspondent Jesse Watters will be guests on the special.

The film is narraterted by Tom Hanks and was National Geographic Channel’s first original docudrama, drawing 3.4 million viewers. “Killing Lincoln” documents the events leading up to April 14, 1865 and delves into the mind of John Wilkes Booth and what led him to assassinate the 16th president of the United States.

Gretchen Carlson Speaks to Widow of ‘American Sniper’

SniperBeginning today on “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson,“ Gretchen will talk to Taya Kyle, the real widow of the “American Sniper,” who is played by Sienna Miller in the upcoming film. Part two of the interview will air tomorrow at 2 pm ET.

Gretchen and Taya will discuss the movie, Jesse Ventura’s lawsuit against Chris Kyle’s estate and the trial of Chris’ alleged killer. “American Sniper” is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Bradley Cooper, in addition to Miller. It hits theaters Jan. 16.

Dominic Di-Natale Sent Letter, Text Message Before Death

FNCDominic Di-Natale was suffering from post-traumatic stress and recurring seizures in the months leading up to his suicide earlier this month. Di-Natale covered the Middle East for Fox News, including its war zones, starting in 2007. The New York Times has uncovered a letter Di-Natale sent to a close friend. The letter sheds some light on Di-Natale’s state of mind at the time of his death.

Times editorial writer Ernesto Londono, who knew D-Natale personally, writes:

There’s an addictive aspect to covering war. It’s partly the adrenaline rush and partly a sense that you’re doing consequential work. But to a large extent, war became a lure to many of us because of the magnificent camaraderie that dark, dangerous places can create. In war zones, our vulnerability makes it easy to form strong, intimate bonds with colleagues quickly. The loneliness many of us felt when we returned home was jarring.

Di-Natale explained in the letter that his career, “afforded me professional integrity and social validity in others’ eyes. I had absolutely none prior to going to war. I wasn’t even a real man until then.”

The Times also reveals that Di-Natale sent a text message, instructing a friend where authorities could find his body. “I cannot live and diminish with this illness,” he wrote. “To my father, to you and to those I have hurt and inconvenienced, I am so very, very sorry.”

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