LOS ANGELES, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Fox Corp’s Fox Enterprise Network has canceled “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” a weekday plan hosted by the small business journalist and vocal supporter of previous President Donald Trump, the enterprise stated on Friday.
Information of the cancellation arrived a person working day just after Dobbs, 75, was named as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit filed by voting machine maker Smartmatic, which argued that a few Fox hosts which includes Dobbs falsely accused the enterprise of serving to to rig the election against Trump.
Fox claimed the shift to finish Dobbs’ display had been in the operates in advance of the lawsuit as element of a revamp following the November U.S. presidential election in which Republican Trump was defeated by Democrat Joe Biden.
“As we said in Oct, Fox Information Media on a regular basis considers programming improvements and programs have been in area to start new formats as appropriate put up-election, together with on Fox Business,” a Fox News spokesperson reported. “This is part of people planned modifications.”
On the Smartmatic lawsuit, Fox said on Thursday the network was “very pleased of our 2020 election protection and will vigorously protect this meritless lawsuit in court docket.”
Dobbs reported he experienced no remark on Friday.
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The cancellation of Dobbs’ present was initial described by the Los Angeles Periods, which explained the anchor was not likely to surface on Fox channels all over again even nevertheless he remains underneath agreement. Dobbs’ exhibit ran at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern time on Fox Business enterprise Network, and he appeared at moments as a commentator on Fox Information Channel.
Starting off Monday, Dobbs’ display will be named “Fox Company Tonight” with substitute hosts Jackie DeAngelis on Monday and Tuesday and David Asman from Wednesday via Friday.
A new 5 p.m. show will be announced before long, the Fox spokesperson reported.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine Enhancing by Cynthia Osterman)