Sinclair Says It Has No Interest in Hiring Bill O’Reilly

Broadcaster's net earnings fall to $30.6 million

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which runs conservative opinion segments during the local newscasts on the TV stations it owns, said it is not interested in hiring former Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly.

Speaking during Sinclair's third-quarter earnings call Wednesday (Nov. 1), Sinclair president and CEO Chris Ripley said O’Reilly had reached out to Sinclair.

“He did approach us, which is where I suspect a lot of these stories are coming from, but we do not have any interest in hiring him,” Ripley said.

O’Reilly was terminated by Fox News after it was disclosed he had paid millions to settle a number of sexual harassment complaints.

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There were reports Sinclair would hire O’Reilly for a show that would air either on the stations or on a cable news network is it contemplating launching.

Sinclair's net income was $30.6 million, or 30 cents a share, in the third quarter, down from $50.8 million, or 54 cents a share.

Revenue fell $3.3% to $670 million.