Fox Sports fires exec over alleged misconduct

LOS ANGELES • A Fox Sports executive was abruptly fired on Monday over allegations of misconduct in the latest scandal over workplace behaviour to hit the giant American cable network.

Mr Jamie Horowitz, who oversaw programming for Fox Sports, was fired at his office in Los Angeles after two years on the job. His dismissal came as parent company 21st Century Fox has been rocked by several claims in recent months of sexual harassment involving senior executives.

Fox Sports president Eric Shanks announced the axing in an e-mail to staff that alluded to misconduct.

"Everyone at Fox Sports, no matter what role we play, or what business, function or show we contribute to, should act with respect and adhere to professional conduct at all times," he added in his e-mail.

Mr Horowitz's attorney Patricia Glaser immediately hit back.

"The way Jamie has been treated by Fox is appalling," she said in a statement. "At no point in his tenure was there any mention by his superiors or human resources of any misconduct or an inability to adhere to professional conduct. Jamie was hired by Fox to do a job, a job that until today he has performed in an exemplary fashion."

Last year, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes left the company following allegations of sexual misconduct. In May, it also parted ways with star anchor Bill O'Reilly after a Los Angeles radio personality accused him of sexual misconduct.

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox runs the United States' most-watched cable news channel.

The scandals have affected Fox's viewership and prompted speculation that they could hurt his bid to take over European satellite giant Sky.

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