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TV bosses 'end O'Reilly, Olbermann feud'

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TV bosses 'end O'Reilly, Olbermann feud'

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Network executives have reportedly ended the on-air feud between Bill O'Reilly and Keith Olbermann.

The Fox News and MSNBC hosts have been engaged in a war of words over the past few years, which have increased the ratings of both of their TV programmes.

Olbermann verbally attacked O'Reilly on his Countdown With Keith Olbermann show often and accused Fox News of journalistic malpractice, while the O'Reilly Factor facilitator led a campaign against NBC's parent company General Electric.

However, PBS host Charlie Rose asked GE chairman Jeffrey Immelt and Fox Corporation president Rupert Murdoch about the quarrelling at a summit in May, which led executives from both companies to intervene between the warring presenters, The New York Times reports.

"We all recognise that a certain level of civility needed to be introduced into the public discussion," said Gary Sheffer, a spokesman for GE. "We're happy that has happened."

"They've won their respective constituencies," a former member of MSNBC's senior staff added. "They don't need to do this anymore, really."

"I am party to no deal," Olbermann replied via email.

It was reported recently that the Reverend Al Sharpton responded to O'Reilly's criticism of Michael Jackson's legacy.
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