(BBC) – Fox News has fired one of its leading anchors over claims of “wilful sexual misconduct” involving a colleague several years ago.
Ed Henry co-presented America’s Newsroom programme, which is broadcast mid-morning every weekday.
His former co-host Sandra Smith gave viewers the news on air on Wednesday.
Fox News said it received a complaint last week and fired Mr Henry after hiring a law firm to investigate. He has not yet commented.
Fox News said the complaint was made on 25 June by the lawyer of a former employee.
Mr Henry was suspended the same day and has now been fired based on “investigative findings” from the law firm, according to an internal memo provided to the Reuters news agency.
On Wednesday’s programme, Smith read a statement from Fox News chief executive Suzanne Scott and president Jay Wallace, saying they had taken the decision as part of an “effort to bring full transparency” to the matter.
“We strive to maintain a safe and inclusive workplace for all employees,” they added.
Smith said rotating anchors would co-host the programme with her until a replacement is named.