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News Corp. Rolls Back Plans for FOX News-Style TV Channel in UK

In a memo acquired by the English media outlet, Rebekah Brooks, the CEO of the News Corp. division News UK, spoke of the decision to head in a different direction instead of pursuing a channel similar to Fox News.

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News Corp. has wanted to bring a Fox News-style TV channel to the United Kingdom. However, it seems as though they’ll be rolling back their plans to pursue this idea, The Guardianreports.

Former CBS News President David Rhodes, head of the project, is heading back to the United States. Last December, News Corp. received approval for the news channel, resulting in Rhodes moving to the UK.

In a memo acquired by the English media outlet, Rebekah Brooks, the CEO of the News Corp. division News UK, spoke of the decision to head in a different direction instead of pursuing a channel similar to Fox News.

“Over the past 18 months, we have been exploring the opportunities in the TV market for content from News UK,” Brooks said. “We determined early on in that review that it was not commercially viable to launch a traditional news channel on linear TV.”

“Whilst there is consumer demand for alternative news provision, the costs of running a rolling news channel are considerable, and it is our assessment that the payback for our shareholders wouldn’t be sufficient.”

The Hill reached out for a request to comment over the matter, but News Corp. didn’t respond, and Brooks couldn’t be reached for comment.

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CNN President Pushes Back Date for Staffers Return to Office

CNN president Jeff Zucker advised staff to get the booster as the company will formalize the policy in the coming weeks. 

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Following a surge in coronavirus cases in the United States during and after the holiday season, CNN reacted by going back to remote work for staffers who didn’t need to be in the office. Initially, they were set to return next week, but that has now changed.

CNN’s Oliver Darcy revealed an email president Jeff Zucker sent to employees stating, “we are looking at Monday, January 31.” “I know some of you have been looking forward to returning, and this is frustrating news,” Zucker added. 

The network will have essential employees still in their offices, and they’ll have to be vaccinated and boosted. Hence, the CNN president advised them to get the booster as the company will formalize the policy in the coming weeks. 

“We are asking anyone who comes into our offices and who is eligible to be boosted. We expect that this may become even more formalized in the weeks ahead, so we encourage everyone to get boosted,” Zucker said. 

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Mark Becker Discusses Retiring From WSOC-TV After 38 Years

WSOC reporter Joe Bruno adds that Becker has deep connections within the Charlotte community and that his sources rival that of sports insiders like ESPN’s Adam Schefter. 

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Charlotte is saying goodbye to a mainstay in the market, as Mark Becker calls it a career after 38 years at WSOC-TV. 

Becker will be retiring from his on-air reporter role at the television station, covering various events like killer tornadoes and hurricanes, Jim Bakker and the PTL scandal, 9/11, the Democratic National Convention, the protests after the Keith Lamont Scott shootings, and COVID.

“I enjoyed what I did. I’m not leaving because I don’t like it,” Becker told The Charlotte Observer. “I’m leaving because I’ve been doing it long enough. It’s great work, but it’s also relentless. It’s every day having something on at 5 or 6. The deadline devil dances frequently upon my shoulders.”

WSOC reporter Joe Bruno adds that Becker has deep connections within the Charlotte community and that his sources rival that of sports insiders like ESPN’s Adam Schefter. 

“He will find out what happened and why it matters. More importantly, not only will be first, he will be right. [Becker’s] deep sources in Charlotte rival Adam Schefter’s in the NFL.”

In his retirement, Becker plans to help take care of his mother-in-law, who lives with him and his wife, former WSOC-TV anchor, and reporter Suzanne Stevens. He will also look to sustain an exercise routine following surgery last winter to repair a torn meniscus.

I’ve run shorter distances, but mostly I’ve been riding the bike,” Becker said. “I tell my wife, ‘Well, my knee’ll be fine, but every other bone in my body’ll be broken because I got hit by a car on Park Road.”

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WGN Announces Patrick Elwood as Co-Anchor for Midday News

Elwood joins Dina Bair as co-anchor as the two will provide in-depth reporting to WGN News.

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WGN has a new co-anchor for its midday news programming as the television station announced Patrick Elwood takes over the position on WGN Midday News effective January 17. 

Elwood joins Dina Bair as co-anchor as the two will provide in-depth reporting to WGN News. He joined the television station in December of 2013 as a general assignment reporter. 

“It is truly an honor to deliver the news alongside Dina, Demetrius, Dean, and the whole team at Chicago’s Very Own,” Elwood said. 

“Between my dedicated colleagues and the work environment fostered by my bosses, everyday offers a challenge to create journalism that makes a difference in all of our lives. I am looking forward to making an impact in joining the team.”

Since then, he’s appeared as a reporter on various news programs at WGN such as “WGN Evening News,” “WGN News at Nine,” and “WGN News at Ten.”

“A fourth-generation south side Chicagoan, Patrick is truly one of Chicago’s Very Own,” Dominick Stasi, WGN news director, said. 

“Pat is a dedicated and knowledgeable journalist. His many years covering a depth and breadth of stories, as well as his experience on the anchor desk, make him the perfect choice as WGN Midday News anchor.”

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