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Scott Brown renews contract with Fox News

Update 11:26 a.m.: Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming at Fox News, says Brown has renewed his contract with the channel. Shine's statement follows:

"Sen. Brown has renewed his contributor agreement with Fox News. The previous yearlong agreement expired on Feb. 11 and was never terminated — this was purely administrative. We look forward to his continuing political analysis and insight across the network.” 

Brown, meanwhile, tells Post Politics that he will appear on the channel's morning show, "Fox and Friends," on Thursday.

The original post follows:

Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) on Wednesday denied a report that he is no longer under contract as a Fox News contributor.

The Boston Globe reported that an unnamed Fox News spokeswoman said Brown is "currently out of contract with the network" -- a move that would be seen as a potential precursor to a run for Senate in New Hampshire, which Brown has been eyeing for close to a year.

(Candidates have to sever ties with media outlets if they want to run; most major potential GOP presidential candidates had Fox contracts prior to running for president in 2012.)

Brown said the report is wrong, though.

"It is incorrect," he told Post Politics in an e-mail. Brown declined to elaborate but said he expects Fox News to clarify the matter later Wednesday.

Brown is eyeing a potential run against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) but is also thought to be looking at running for president.

He signed on as a Fox contributer in February 2013.

Update 1:34 p.m.: Boston Globe deputy managing editor for local news Jennifer Peter says in a statement: "The statement from Fox News, which confirms that Scott Brown's contract expired on Feb. 11, speaks to the accuracy of our original report. We are obviously now updating our story with news that his contributor agreement has been renewed."

Indeed, the Globe report didn't say Brown had left Fox for good -- just that he was no longer under contract.

Correction: This post initially misspelled Peter's name.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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