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‘No Plans’ for Fox News Programming on Broadcast, Charlie Collier Says

TCA 2019: But they’ll of course air things like the State of the Union

Don’t expect a slimmed-down Fox broadcast network to carve out any primetime real estate for Fox News.

“There’s no plans for it,” Charlie Collier, Fox Entertainment CEO, told reporters Wednesday during the Television Critics Association press tour. “We aired the State of the Union last night, and the response from the Democrats, and we would do important things like that. But there are no plans for Fox News programming on [there].”

After 21st Century Fox closes its deal to sell the bulk of its film and TV assets to Disney, the Fox broadcast network will be spun into a new company, Fox Corp, that will consist of the network, Fox News and Fox Sports.

The connection between the Los Angeles-based Fox Entertainment and the New York-based Fox News has caused some family in-fighting within 21st Century Fox. In recent months, 20th showrunners, including Seth MacFarlane and Steve Levitan, have publicly criticized the conservative-leaning network over its coverage.

Although the studio will be separate from Fox News after the sale to Disney closes, Collier’s network won’t. During his executive session, he addressed the concern about being more closely associated with the cable news network.

“The bottom line is the news division and the entertainment division are run completely separately,” he said. “I have been here almost a quarter and I have yet to be asked for my editorial perspective on the news division and I’ve yet to call anybody in New York and ask them for the editorial perspective on the entertainment division.”