Bill O'Reilly To End Radio Show

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Posted by on December 04, 2008 at 23:05:40:

In Reply to: Bill O'Reilly leaving radio.. when? posted by on October 23, 2008 at 07:20:52:

O'Reilly To End Radio Show

Originally Posted On Dec 4, 2008 5:53 PM ET

By Mike Stern

The Fox News Channel announces that Bill O'Reilly is indeed going to shelve his radio show, "The Radio Factor," in the first quarter of 2009. O'Reilly plans to continue anchoring "The O'Reilly Factor" on FNC, as well as writing a weekly newspaper column.

In interviews following the announcement of his new Fox News Channel television contract, O'Reilly referenced the possibility of ending his radio show, saying, "I can't work 60 hours week. I'm going to have to make some kind of adjustments."

The announcement came from Fox News executive VP Kevin Magee, who said, "'The Radio Factor' has been a lucrative partnership for Westwood One and Fox News, and Bill has been integral to the success of Fox News Radio. He loves the program, but we understand his desire to lighten his heavy workload."

O'Reilly said, "It is with great regret that I've come to the decision to leave 'The Radio Factor,' but with the success of 'The O'Reilly Factor,' I can no longer give both TV and radio the time they deserve. From the beginning, Westwood One has been tremendous and Fox News continues to set the standard, and I've enjoyed working with them. I will miss talk radio and the callers very much."

Westwood One, which has syndicated "The Radio Factor," has not commented on the story yet, nor have any details been revealed about when the program's final day will be.

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