Fox News will no longer air in the UK due to low viewership

After 15 years of airing across the pond, Fox News is leaving Britain, TheWrap has confirmed.

“21st Century Fox has decided to cease providing a feed of Fox News Channel in the UK,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “Fox News is focused on the US market and designed for a US audience and, accordingly, it averages only a few thousand viewers across the day in the UK. We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the UK.”

Fox News had been airing on the U.K. pay T.V. outlet Sky. This decision comes while U.K. culture secretary Karen Bradley decides whether or not to launch an investigation by Britain’s competition regulator for adherence to broadcasting standards as part of a probe into Fox’s bid to buy the remaining 61 percent of Sky, The Guardian reports. Fox currently owns 39 percent of the U.K. TV giant.

Women who have left FOX News:

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Women who have left Fox News

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Megan Kelly

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Gretchen Carlson

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Greta van Susteren

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Andrea Tantaros

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Laurie Dhue

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck 

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Alisyn Camerota 

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Ofcom, the media regulator, has already made a number of rulings against Fox News’ broadcasts, which had four breaches of license and Ofcom’s codes and rules last year. As a whole, Fox has had 22 breaches of Ofcom in the last decade.

Fox News will cease to air in the U.K. as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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Variety: Salaries of Reality, News and Talk Show Stars

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Mike Myers, “The Gong Show”: $3 million

Jamie Foxx, “Beat Shazam”: $3 million

Alec Baldwin, “Match Game”: $3 million

Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”: $12 million

Conan O’Brien, “Conan”: $12 million

David Letterman, Untitled Interview Show for Netflix: $12 million

Anderson Cooper, CNN: $12 million

George Stephanopoulos, ABC News: $15 million

Ryan Seacrest, “Live with Kelly & Ryan”: $15 million

Pat Sajak, “Wheel of Fortune”: $15 million

Jimmy Kimmel, “Jimmy Kimmel Live”: $15 million

Stephen Colbert, “The Late Show”: $15 million

Jimmy Fallon, “The Tonight Show”: $16 million

Robin Roberts, “Good Morning America”: $18 million

Megyn Kelly, NBC News: $18 million

Kelly Ripa, “Live with Kelly & Ryan”: $22 million

Katy Perry, “American Idol”: $25 million

Matt Lauer, “Today”: $25 million

Judith Sheindlin, “Judge Judy”: $47 million

Ellen DeGeneres, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”: $50 million




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