During a quarterly call Tuesday, Murdoch didn’t directly address the ouster of Tucker Carlson, who had one of the most popular programs on cable TV before he was fired when the trial revealed messages in which he bad-mouthed guests and colleagues. Murdoch did however say that Fox News’s prime-time programming strategy wouldn’t change.
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Fox is facing yet another, potentially more damaging lawsuit from voting machine manufacturer Smartmatic. Murdoch called this one a “fundamentally different case” from the dispute with Dominion and said the company was prepared to defend itself in a trial that could begin in 2025.
Murdoch’s comments came as the media company, controlled by the Murdoch family, reported revenue that rose 18% to $4.08 billion in the fiscal third quarter, beating Wall Street’s projections. Adjusted earnings also surpassed estimates. Fox’s broadcast of the Super Bowl in February was a key driver for advertising revenue growth of 43% in the quarter. Shares were down 1.5% at 12:40 p.m. in New York.