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Fox Goes on Offense with New Newsmag

The project was developed by John Tomlin and Bob Young, who were co-executive producers of the recently canceled "A Current Affair."

The project was developed by John Tomlin and Bob Young, who were co-executive producers of the recently canceled “A Current Affair.”

A pilot of the newsmag received a thumbs-up from Fox Inc. chairman Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch has long hoped to give Fox a national news presence, though several high-profile attempts — including “Front Page” and “The Reporters”– have failed.

Fox Entertainment president John Matoian told Fox affils last week during their annual confab that the weblet was ready to launch a newsmagazine, but gave no details.

Project’s format may be to go without an anchor, according to a source familiar with plans for the newsmag.

Fox Goes on Offense with New Newsmag

Production: The Fox Network is prepping a primetime newsmagazine that may launch as early as the summer, according to sources last week at NATPE familiar with the project.

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