Maria Bartiromo’s Senior Producer Dies Of COVID

The Hill reports:

Eric Spinato, a top producer for Fox News and the Fox Business Network, died of the coronavirus over the weekend.

In a memo to Fox News staffers obtained by the Hill, company leadership called Spinato’s work “instrumental to the growth and entrepreneurial success” of the network, saying his contributions to the company during two stints over a 23-year span were “immeasurable.”

Spinato, who worked as a booking producer, story editor and in several other roles, started with the network in 1998. “Eric was an immensely gifted and aggressive booker and was renown for booking the innumerable ‘gets'” the memo said.

CNN Business reports:

Since the outset of the pandemic, Fox has downplayed the severity of the coronavirus. The network’s hosts have peddled misinformation about the virus and railed against restrictions put into place to protect public health. Most recently, Fox’s top host, Tucker Carlson, has used his nightly show to undermined public confidence in the vaccines.

Fox as a company, however, has taken precautions to protect its employees, following CDC protocols for mask-wearing and social distancing. Lachlan Murdoch, the chief executive of Fox Corporation, said in a memo recently that staffers should not expect to return to work until after Labor Day.