‘They forgot the Golden Goose’: Trump fuels talk he’ll launch a Fox News rival

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corp. shares tumbled with speculation ramping up that President Donald Trump might back or launch a rival news service after he leaves office.

American news site Axios reported on Thursday, citing unidentified sources, that Trump is planning a subscription-based streaming platform similar to Fox Nation, a $US6-a-month service launched two years ago.

Fox shares declined from the start of trading, and the drop deepened after Trump amplified a series of Twitter posts from users criticising Fox News as insufficiently loyal to the president and urging conservatives to switch to rivals such as Newsmax.

Alternative facts: Donald Trump is gearing up to launch a rival news service when he leaves the White House, US news site Axion reports.
Alternative facts: Donald Trump is gearing up to launch a rival news service when he leaves the White House, US news site Axion reports.Credit:Fox News

In a tweet of his own after the retweets, Trump said Fox’s daytime ratings have “completely collapsed” because the network “forgot what made them successful, what got them there.”


Fox News was the biggest difference between the 2016 and 2020 elections because the network forgot its “Golden Goose,” Trump said in the tweet.

Trump’s targeting of Fox’s daytime ratings appeared purposeful. The channel’s programs during the day feature conservative perspectives but play the news relatively straight, while its prime-time opinion shows star full-throated defenders of the president such as Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham.

The president’s relationship with the most-watched news channel in America has waxed and waned over the years. Trump was a frequent guest on Fox News long before he decided to run for president, and the Fox News evening commentators have been ardent supporters of him throughout his time in office. Trump recommend on Twitter that viewers watch Hannity on Wednesday.

Fox News, the biggest moneymaker for media mogul Rupert Murdoch, made early calls on election night that incensed the president, such as declaring Arizona for Democratic nominee Joe Biden. One of Trump’s political advisers, Jason Miller, tweeted that night that the network was trying to “invalidate” the election, and Trump continued his attacks in a fundraising email sent later.

Fox Corp. shares fell 6 per cent to $US25.82 as of 12:15 pm in New York. The company is scheduled to hold its annual meeting later on Thursday in Los Angeles.

On an earnings call last week, Fox Corp. Chief Executive Officer Lachlan Murdoch said the network has been No. 1 in cable news for 18 years, through a number of government administrations.

“We love competition,” Murdoch said. “We have always thrived with competition, and we have strong competition now.”


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