May 5, 2017

Fox News complainant to meet UK media regulator

One of the women who alleges sexual harassment by the former Fox News presenter Bill O'Reilly is to meet next week with the UK media watchdog Ofcom, as the scandal at Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox threatens to taint the US media group's bid for Sky. With the scandal at Fox News deepening in the last month, Ofcom has been coming under increasing pressure to take events in the US into account. In addition to the claims of sexual harassment, eight current and former Fox News employees, including presenter Kelly Wright, have joined a racial discrimination lawsuit against the cable channel alleging "Plantation-style management" by top executives. In a statement, Fox said: " has taken prompt and decisive action to address allegations of sexual harassment and workplace issues at Fox News.". Privately the company also points to its past record of compliance with the Ofcom rule book in the UK. Fox News executives have also privately said the decision to fire Mr O'Reilly was made for commercial reasons.

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