Fox News' Weather F**k-Up: Fox Networks Take Different Stance On Climate Change

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 25 October 2021 14:00

Fox Weather, the new 24-hour sister network of Fox News, is anticipated to be launching Monday and will strongly embrace climate change as part of its coverage, as per multiple press reports.

The all-weather channel is expected to become a competitor to The Weather Channel and Accuweather, but will be available free on OTT systems and platforms.

"If you're asking about climate change, climate change is part of our lives," Sharri Berg, the Fox executive who will head the division, told Variety.

"It's how we live. It's not going to be ignored. We will be reporting facts."

It's inevitable that questions would be asked about how the fledgling network will handle the controversial subject of climate change, given Fox News Channel's long history of discounting it, The Washington Post reports .

Many of the new network's early hires are saying the network will have more of a focus on climate science, including Emmy-award-winning weather forecaster Amy Freeze from New York's ABC affiliate and Shane Brown, a former senior weather product expert from The Weather Channel.

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“From hiring decisions to this rhetoric from their CEO, to this need to have a safe space for advertisers, it does suggest that they could very much embrace climate change in their programming,” Allison Fisher, the director of the climate and energy program at Media Matters, a liberal media watchdog group, commented to The Post.

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Notably, if Fox Weather does allow more focus on climate change, the network is running the risk of alienating core Fox News viewers and advertisers, she noted.

"There is a line that they are going to have to walk to keep advertisers feeling like their brand is safe there but not going too far away from their base," said Fisher. "If something major happens, like a hurricane or a heatwave, all eyes are going to be looking to them to see how they are characterizing it."

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Fox News, controlled by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has long allowed his outlets to cast skepticism on climate change claims and initiatives that would limit traditional carbon-based fuels.

However, that editorial viewpoint appears to be changing.

The newfound emphasis on climate change may put Fox Weather at odds with Fox News’ traditional conservative base, many of whom harbor strong doubts as to the causes of global warming and potential remedies.

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A 2019 Pew study found that 45% of conservative Republicans believed that climate change was a function of natural earth cycles, and another 39% believed humans only played “some” role in the phenomena.

Even more editorial changes could be seen at Fox when Murdoch, now 90, passes and leaves control to James Murdoch, his son, who has been a vocal supporter of climate change initiatives.

Weather Channel owner Byron Allen said he's not concerned about competition from Rupert Murdoch, who he considers "one of the best of the best as far as media moguls."

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