The New York Times’ Brian Stelter writes about Eric Burns departure from Fox News Watch…
Although Mr. Burns said he was surprised by his termination, he acknowledged that he had seen changes coming. Fox’s executives had recently decided that the network’s weekend ratings were not high enough, especially in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic.
Perhaps in an effort to draw younger viewers, Mr. Burns said he expected the modified show to cover Internet trends in more detail.
“But I don’t know because I don’t think anybody at Fox knows, except in general terms, that somehow they must catch up with new information sources,” he said.
Mr. Burns said Fox News had never actively promoted the show, despite pledges that it would be advertised in print.
“If that’s not evidence that they don’t want this show to be seen, I don’t know what it is,” he said.
Ms. Klinghoffer of Fox said that Mr. Burns’s assertions about advertising were “not true,” adding that “not having a contributor agreement renewed is something that’s very difficult to accept.”