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Bill O’Reilly’s Fox Deal Shielded Him From Getting Fired Over Allegations

  • Fox director Nasser reveals contract terms to U.K. regulators
  • Sexual-harassment handling is weighing on Fox’s bid for Sky
Bill O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly

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Former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly had a deal with the 21st Century Fox Inc. network that he couldn’t be fired over unproven harassment allegations, a fresh revelation that casts doubt over corporate-governance standards at Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

O’Reilly’s contract said he couldn’t be dismissed based on an allegation unless it was proven in court, Jacques Nasser, an independent Fox director, told U.K.’s Competition & Markets Authority, according to a summary published Wednesday. O’Reilly, the former host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” has denied all wrongdoing.