Since Roger Ailes was forced to step down from the helm of Fox News, the network has been on the hunt to find a replacement.
Meanwhile, the media industry is poised to go through a giant consolidation as AT&T is in the process of acquiring Time Warner for the tidy sum of $85. AT&T is the second-largest wireless carrier and also a major pay-TV provider through its ownership of DirecTV and Time Warner is a massive media and entertainment conglomerate, owner of CNN, HBO, Warner Bros studio to name a few.
How do these two things relate? Well, if there’s a merger, there’s also going to be a shift in management and a few too many executives to go around. Out of the game of musical chairs, Fox News could get a new leader.
But the giant shock is from where.
Breitbart reports, In a piece exploring AT&T’s pending $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, top media journalist and author Michael Wolff floats an interesting theory: namely, that if either former News Corp. COO Peter Chernin or current CNN chief Jeff Zucker don’t replace outgoing Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, Zucker could be tapped by Rupert Murdoch’s sons to replace Roger Ailes atop Fox News.
Yes, you read that correctly. The only news outlet not completely left leaning may end up being lead by the former chief of left-leaning CNN.
This isn’t the first time Wolff has pointed out the possibility that Zucker could be tapped to run Fox News by Lachlan and James Murdoch, the eventual successors to their father’s media empire.
In August, Wolff reported that among insiders at Fox, Zucker was said to be not just in the running, but one of the top choices of the younger Murdochs to take the helm at the company in a “post-Ailes world.”
Wolff wrote then:
In part this reflects the Murdoch sons’ view of the future of 21st Century Fox as a modern, multiplatform content and distribution company, one without their father’s political stain. (With the Murdoch newspapers and their ideological views split off from 21st Century Fox in 2013 — partly at the urging of the Murdoch sons — that leaves only Fox News as a political presence in the company.)
And it reflects, after more than a decade in the doldrums, a resurgence of CNN under Zucker, who took the reins in 2012. Most of all though, it reflects a belief that there isn’t anybody with Ailes’ politics from inside or outside the network whom Lachlan and James — 44 and 43, respectively, youthful globalist moderates largely living in an anti-Fox world — could work with or even tolerate.
Before blanching at a possible Zucker-led Fox News, it is instructive to note that Lachlan and James Murdoch have apparently already decided upon a new direction for the cable news juggernaut. As Breitbart News has previously reported, the younger Murdochs appear to want to re-mold Fox News into an entity more like Britain’s Sky News, meaning Fox without the “edge.” That wouldn’t be so surprising given what Wolff himself calls the younger Murdoch sons’ “globalist” bent.
So there you go folks. Our one semi-safe TV haven might be morphing into yet another tool of the left. Even more reason to subscribe to Levin TV.
And thank goodness for the freedom we have in social media and websites like this…for now.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]