NEXT DEVELOPMENT:
  Final Depositions, 
Hearing on Pending Motions To Be Set This Month  

TRIAL SHOULD START IN NEXT 30 DAYS !

Report Archive:

Ž June 6, 2000:
Fox Trial Will Start Sooner Than Expected
It will proceed in the heat of the summer, probably in July 

Ž May 25, 2000:
Fox Trial Will Not Start June 12 as Scheduled

Ž May 18, 2000:
Fox Still Stalls on Testimony of Its president Mitchell Stern
Pre-trial hearing is otherwise uneventful

Ž May 8, 2000:
Ralph Nader Testifies About Broadcasters' Public Interest Requirement
Presidential candidate gives testimony at pre-trial depo 

Ž May 5, 2000:
Court-ordered Mediation Is Brief and Unsuccessful
Trial set to begin June 12

Ž April 28,2000:
Fox Challenges rBGH Experts At Depositions

Fox lawyers laying ground-
work to tell jurors experts are cancer scaremongers?

Ž April 26,2000:
Walter Cronkite Testifies on Behalf of Akre & Wilson
Fox lawyers lodge objections

Ž October 19:
Fox Lawyers Insist On Secrecy At Deposition
French TV Ejected

Ž October 18:
FDA Wants Comments on G-M Foods
Public Meetings Start in November

Ž October 13:
Judge Rules: Trial Will Proceed: Defense loses third effort to have case dismissed

Ž September 24:
MSNBC: Gene-modified foods might get labels:
Industry weighs voluntary steps, U.S. studies options as well

Ž September 20:
Trial Still Set to Start Soon: Busy Docket Delays foxBGHsuit

Ž August 4:
MSNBC: Mutable Feast:
Will the fight over gene-altered food products leapfrog across the Atlantic?

Ž June 30:
Consumers International:
UN Health Group Shuns BGH

Ž June 1:
New York Times:
Farmers’ Right To Sue Grows - Food Warning Muzzle Likely

Ž May 10:
Corporate Crime Reporter:
Monsanto Officials Join Leading Consumer, Environmental Groups

Ž May 3:
Fox Deceives Viewers in Primetime, Too
Net Admits Staging after INSIDE EDITION Report

Ž April 30:
Democracy Group Award to Akre/Wilson
Fired Reporters Cited for "Courage in Journalism"

Ž April 29:
New Trial Date is October 11
Fox Piles On Big-Name Lawyers

Ž April 17:
Clinton Lawyer Joins Fox Legal Team
David Kendall Involvement Confirmed in Letter to Monsanto

Ž April 16:
Fox Pleads for Another Delay
Later Trial Date to be Set April 29th

Ž April 1:
Judge Says BGH Case Will Go To Trial
Opening Gavel Falls May 10th

Ž February 16:
PENTHOUSE Exposes BGH, Fox Coverup:
First-rate story of BGH situation and lawsuit against Fox TV (rated G -- no nudity, just the story)

Ž January 25:
ENS Summary of BGH Developments

Ž January 14:
How Fox Wanted to Slant News of Canadian Concerns
Canadian BGH Concerns Were Big Issue In Firing of Fox Reporters

Ž January 14:
Canada Says NO to BGH!
Read the CBC Story or View-Listen to report with RealPlayer

Ž January 14:
Health Canada Rejects Bovine Growth Hormone in Canada
Government News Release

Ž December 16:
Akre & Wilson Win Courage Award
For Work On Story Which Cost Them Their Jobs

Ž December 15:
ABC NEWS Catches Up on BGH
Read the ABC Story or View-Listen to report with RealPlayer

Ž November 7:
FOX Legal (8/28) Answers
to Reporters' Complaint Now Available

Ž November 1:
Monsanto and Fox: Partners in Censorship
PR Watch - Showcase Article

Ž October 30:
Canadians Probe Coverup Claim
Read CBC Story or View-Listen to report with RealPlayer

Ž October 24:
Reporters Get Top SPJ Ethics Award

Ž October 22:
BGH Issue Explodes in Canada:
Read CBC Story or View-Listen to report with RealPlayer

Ž October 7:
SECRET Canadian Study Leaked...
...BGH safety questions unanswered?

Ž Sept 13:
Akre-Wilson Depos Start

Ž Sept 10:
TIMES/St. Petersburg
SP Times covers NutraSweet flap

Ž Sept 10:
Our Story: Fox Still Protecting Monsanto?

Ž Sept 8:
Fox Pulls Plug on NutraSweet Foe

Ž Sept 1:
Reporters Respond To Defense

Ž READ story FOX-TV refused to air...
or View-Listen to report with RealPlayer

Ž July 14:
Judge refuses to dismiss
all but one count of reporters' suit

Ž July 5:
OBSERVER/London
Digger Still Plays Dirty

Ž July 1:
Depositions Continue, Trial Date Set

Ž June 7:
TIMES/St. Petersburg
Akre/Wilson Preparing FCC Complaint

Ž May 26:
Judge rejects Defense motion
for Protective Order

Ž May 25:
WEEKLY PLANET/Tampa:
Grazing A Stink - - -Don't Have a Cow

Ž May 23:
NEW YORK TIMES:
(Silenced) Reporters... Post Web Site

Ž May 21:
Wilson/Akre demand on-air correction

Ž April 29:
FOX-TV asks court:
Dismiss case and Delay depositions

 


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Fox Manager Who Fired Akre, Wilson Gets A Big Promotion
By STEVE WILSON

        TAMPA (June 8, 2000)—The Fox Television manager who allegedly pressured journalists Jane Akre and Steve Wilson to lie on the air by telling them, "We paid $3 billion for these television stations, we'll tell you what the news is, the news is what we say it is!" has received a big promotion.  
       
David Boylan, 48, flew out of Tampa last night headed for his new assignment as manager of KTTV, Channel 11 in Los Angeles.  He will run Fox's second biggest station as well as the Fox Sports Channel in California.
       
The move comes on virtually on the eve of what was to have been the start of the trial in the lawsuit brought by this reporter and journalist Jane Akre.  Both reporters filed suit in 1998 charging they were dismissed for refusing to broadcast what they knew to be false and distorted news reports about Bovine Growth Hormone. 
        Boylan, who has received a subpoena to appear at trial, is still obligated to return to testify.  The trial is expected to get underway in the next 30 days.
        Boylan's boss, Fox Television Stations president Mitchell Stern, has fought all efforts to testify at deposition or at trial.  His lawyers today filed another motion with the Court, this time seeking to quash a subpoena issued to compel Stern to appear and give testimony. 
        Although Stern's lawyers once claimed he knew virtually nothing about the ethics dispute in Tampa, testimony from others showed he was far more involved than his lawyers let on.  It was Stern, in fact, who ordered lawyers reviewing the BGH story in Tampa to "take no risks" following receipt of threatening letters to Fox News chief Roger Ailes.
        A local newspaper story about Boylan's promotion published in today's St. Petersburg's Times quoted the manager as saying he's loved every day at WTVT in Tampa.  He has testified in pre-trial proceedings that Akre and Wilson were disrespectful, gave him and other managers and station lawyers a terribly hard time, and generally disrupted operations at Channel 13.
        Times TV writer Eric Deggans wrote that while Fox has enjoyed some temporary successes in the time Boylan has managed the station, he might just be getting out while the getting's good.  Deggans cited lower news ratings at the Fox-owned station in Tampa--and the upcoming trial of the charges brought by the two reporters Boylan suspended without pay, then axed just before Christmas 1997.

         

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