'Newsman' Claims Bill O’Reilly Protest Upset Comcast

« Lawyer For Guns N' Roses: Be Careful What You Promise | Main | Sex, Drugs and the New Jon Peters Complaint »

'Newsman' Claims Bill O’Reilly Protest Upset Comcast

Tue Dec 02, 2008 @ 10:26PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

OreilleyDoes Comcast really care about the journalism credibility of Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly?

Yes, says a former host of an entertainment news television show in Boston.

Barry Nolan of "Backstage with Barry Nolan" and formerly of such hard-hitting journalism shows "Extra" and “Hard Copy," is suing Comcast after the cable company's CN8 channel fired him for organizing a public campaign against O’Reilly.

According to the complaint, filed in Massachusetts Superior Court, Nolan was suspended without pay as a result of his decision as a member of the Boston chapter of National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to protest the group's bestowment of an award on O'Reilly. The lawsuit offers no motivation for the suspension — just that it was "retaliation for Nolan's exercising his constitutionally protected civil rights."

On suspension, "Extra" requested his services to help out with the story of Ted Kennedy's hospitalization. Nolan says he was given mixed signals from CN8 about whether he should assist. After being told he should, he committed, and after being told he shouldn't, he chose to honor his commitment. A few days later, he was fired from CN8. Nolan says his termination violated his civil rights.

TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference 'Newsman' Claims Bill O’Reilly Protest Upset Comcast:

The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter, Esq. blog focuses on how the entertainment and media industries are impacted and influenced by the law. It is edited by Matthew Belloni with contributions from veteran legal reporter Eriq Gardner and others. Before joining The Hollywood Reporter, Belloni was a lawyer at an entertainment litigation firm in Los Angeles. He writes a column for THR devoted to entertainment law. Gardner is a New York-based writer and legal journalist. Send tips or comments to Matthew.Belloni@thr.com

The Hollywood Reporter
Contact: Patrice Atiee at 323.525.2014 or patrice.atiee@thr.com

The Hollywood Reporter is Your Complete Film Resource

The columnists and bloggers who write for The Hollywood Reporter have their collective finger on the pulse of the boxoffice. Martin Grove and the other THR columnists deliver their thoughts on the film industry in an uncompromised style. Subscribe to THR today and get the latest views from these film experts and get the latest movie reviews as well.