Comcast's CN8 network has fired veteran Boston anchor Barry Nolan for reportedly protesting against a decision by the New England chapter of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to present its Governor's Award to Fox commentator Bill O'Reilly. According to the Boston Herald, Nolan had sent email messages to local colleagues urging them to join him in the anti-O'Reilly protest. Nolan told the newspaper, "I am appalled, just appalled. He inflates and constantly mangles the truth ... and his frequent target is the 'left-leaning' media -- the ones who do report the news fairly. And those are the same people who will be sitting in the room honoring him." Comcast did not comment on the controversy except to acknowledge that Nolan is no longer employed by CN8. Nolan said that he had recently received his second five-year watch from the company.