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Sinclair Broadcast has no interest in hiring Bill O'Reilly, CEO says

Sinclair Broadcast Group's CEO said on a conference call Wednesday that the broadcaster had "no interest" in hiring ousted Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.
Sinclair Broadcast Group's CEO said on a conference call Wednesday that the broadcaster had "no interest" in hiring ousted Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. (Richard Drew / AP)

Sinclair Broadcast Group put to rest on Wednesday speculation that it plans to hire former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.

During a morning conference call with analysts, Sinclair President and CEO Chris Ripley responded to a question about the Hunt Valley-based broadcaster’s reported interest in hiring O’Reilly, who was forced out at Fox in April amid sexual harassment allegations.

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“We get approached all the time by a lot of people,” Ripley said. “He did approach us. … We do not have any interest in hiring him.”

The broadcast group also reported a third-quarter drop in sales and profit Wednesday, and addressed criticism over its planned $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune Media Co. Sinclair said the deal, which federal regulators are continuing to review, are on track.

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