Fox News chief Roger Ailes steps down
Roger Ailes (pictured) has resigned as chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, as well as his role as chairman of Fox Television Stations, amid sexual harassment allegations. Effective immediately, Rupert Murdoch is stepping in as chairman and acting CEO of the cable nets with support from the existing management team under Bill Shine, Jay Wallace and Mark Kranz. Two weeks ago, ex-Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against the 76-year-old Ailes that prompted more women to come forward with similar accusations. According to a report in New York Magazine published earlier this week, unnamed sources claim that Fox News’ star host Megyn Kelly told investigators that Ailes harassed her a decade ago. He has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Dermot Horan becomes interim MD of RTÉ Television
Irish pubcaster RTÉ has appointed Dermot Horan as interim managing director of RTÉ Television and Adrian Lynch as interim channel controller for RTÉ2 in addition to his role as RTÉ One channel controller. The appointments follow the recent departures of Glen Killane, who left to head up Eir TV and Eir Sport, and Bill Malone, who joined TV3 Group as director of programming. Horan has worked as director of production and acquisitions for the company since 2014. In his new position, he will continue to lead RTÉ Television’s key international contract negotiations. Lynch joined RTÉ One in 2014 from independent producer Animo Television.
Quintus sends Maximus Films docs and series to Europe, Canada
Distributor Quintus Media has sold several titles from German producer Maximus Film to outlets in Europe and Canada. The company has pre-sold Giant Constructions – The World’s Most Spectacular Bridges (5 x 60 minutes) to German news channel N24, and pre-sold the doc Behind Bars: The World’s Toughest Prisons (6 x 60 minutes) to Discovery Southern Europe for Spain and Italy. Meanwhile, CBC’s French-language specialist channel ICI Explora has acquired the second season of The Most Dangerous Ways to School (5 x 60 minutes), while Polish net TVN has picked up the rights to pop science series Evil Knows! (6 x 60 minutes).