Fox Sports will be shutting down its Academic Freedom and Research aggregators as part of a strategic review of the company’s business.
The news comes amid growing concerns about the future of academic research in the media.
Fox Sports, which is owned by Time Warner, said on Thursday that it would be shuttering its Academic Research aggregation platform, which was launched in October 2018 and is the only source for the network’s academic research content.
“We believe it’s the right thing to do for Fox Sports and for our users, and we hope to have it back in the future,” said a statement issued by the company.
“Academic research is one of the most important and valuable resources for our audiences.
We have already invested heavily in academic research and hope to see more of it at Fox Sports.”
The company also announced that it had reached an agreement with the Office of the Chief Information Officer to shut down the aggregator as part the review.
“Our goal has always been to provide the most accurate and reliable academic research to our audiences,” said Fox Sports CEO Bill Shine.
“As part of this strategic review, we’re also rethinking our academic research strategy.
The decision to cease academic research is a result of our continued focus on delivering the best and most up-to-date information to our viewers.”
The network will retain its existing Academic Research platform for future academic research purposes, including its online academic journals and its academic news section, but will cease all advertising for that service.
“The move to close Academic Research, and the changes to our editorial and advertising strategies, is a major part of our ongoing efforts to improve our editorial mission and to provide our viewers with the most up to date information,” Shine said.