Fox News Channel (FNC) is an American cable news and satellite channel owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox, formerly News Corporation. As of April 2009, it is available to 102 million households in the U.S. and further to viewers internationally, broadcasting primarily out of its New York City studios.
The channel was created by Australia-American media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who hired Roger Ailes as its founding CEO. The channel was launched on October 7, 1996 to 17 million cable subscribers. The network slowly rose to prominence in the late 1990s. In terms of regular viewers (Nielsen Ratings), Fox News rates as the United States' number one cable news network.
Many observers say that Fox News Channel's programming promotes conservative political positions. Fox News Channel publicly denies any bias in the channel's reporting.
Fox News is featured prominently in "FOX-y Lady". Lois Griffin takes a job at the studio as a reporter after news anchor Rhonda Latimer is fired despite Brian's warnings that Fox News is a biased network. She went up against people like Al Harrington, Seamus, and Consuela. During her introduction around the studio, she finds out that Ann Coulter Coulter is shown being cold in more ways than one. Her first assignment is to out Michael Moore, but she discovers that Moore is apparently gay with Rush Limbaugh. Lois soon realizes that Brian was right about Fox News and decides to do the report anyway to embarrass Limbaugh, but Lois and Brian discover that Limbaugh and Moore are actually Fred Savage, who is established as the greatest actor in the history of the world. At the end of the episode, Lois is back at home with the family and doesn't bother to explain how she lost her job since the story's over.
Fox News is mentioned again in "Excellence in Broadcasting". When Lois notices an article in the newspaper stating that Limbaugh is going to be signing books at the Quahog Mall, Chris Griffin reminds her that she reported on Fox News about how he's a character played by Fred Savage. Lois then states at everything reported on Fox News is a lie and that true things reported on Fox News become lies.
In the DVD and Adult Swim versions of "Quagmire's Dad", Peter Griffin helps Chris with his French lessons including the word "phoque" for seal. As they run through a series of word combinations, Peter holds up a photo of Ann Coulter to form "Ugly phoque and bitch."