Megyn Kelly officially splits from NBC with $69 million in hand

Megyn Kelly. Photo: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Megyn Kelly has officially split from NBC, but will be paid the remaining sum of her $69 million contract, CNN reports.

"The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC."
— Statement from NBC

The big picture: While her exit was long in the making due to low ratings and "growing tensions" between Kelly and executives at the network, her defense of the use of blackface for Halloween costumes in October reportedly "sealed her fate." Kelly told photographers on Thursday that she will "definitely" be back on TV, but has yet to announce her next move.

The Nielsen vs. Comscore battle heats up

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The battle to become the premier cross-platform measurement firm is heating up between Nielsen and Comscore as, ahead of CES, Nielsen debuted updates to a new tool to rival one Comscore launched in beta last September.

Why it matters: Nielsen has long been painted by much of the TV industry as being antiquated and slow to evolve. Part of that, experts argue, is because the company lacks real competition that could pressure it to innovate faster.

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