Fox News Exec Revamp: Suzanne Scott Named CEO, Jay Wallace President

Suzanne Scott, the Fox News Channel programming boss who has been with FNC since it launched 22 years ago, has been named CEO of Fox News, which encompasses Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. The move is part of a restructuring at the top of Fo…

Suzanne Scott, the Fox News Channel programming boss who has been with FNC since it launched 22 years ago, has been named CEO of Fox News, which encompasses Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. The move is part of a restructuring at the top of Fox News, with Jay Wallace, formerly FNC president of news, appointed president and executive editor. Jack Abernethy, who had been co-president of Fox News, shifts to full-time focus as as CEO of the expanded Fox Television…

Fox News Names Suzanne Scott as New CEO

Fox News has named Suzanne Scott as its new Chief Executive Officer, the company announced on Thursday.
“Suzanne has been instrumental in the success of Fox News and she has now made history as its first female CEO,” said co-chairman of New…

Fox News has named Suzanne Scott as its new Chief Executive Officer, the company announced on Thursday.

“Suzanne has been instrumental in the success of Fox News and she has now made history as its first female CEO,” said co-chairman of News Corp and 21st Century Fox, Lachlan Murdoch. “Her vision and innovation have helped create some of the most popular and lucrative primetime programs on cable and as we embark on the era of the proposed New Fox, I am confident that Suzanne’s leadership will ensure the dominance of both Fox News and FBN for years to come.”

Scott previously served as president for programming and development and has worked with the channel since its inception in 1996.

The release also announced that Jay Wallace, previously president of news and editorial at the channel, had been appointed president of Fox News and executive editor. The channel’s current co-president Jack Abernethy will move to the role of CEO of “the newly expanded FOX Television Stations Group.”

The reshuffling marks what will likely be a tumultuous few years for the channel. On Wednesday, the channel’s parent 21st Century Fox announced that Lachlan Murdoch would take over Fox as chairman and CEO after the company completed a sale of assets to the Walt Disney Company.

The diminished “new” Fox the company is now touting will have purview over Fox News, Fox Business Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports, Fox Television Stations Group, and sports cable networks FS1, FS2. A release from 21st Century Fox also noted that the family patriarch Rupert Murdoch would assume the role of co-chairman.

The media titan’s other son, James Murdoch, was noticeably left off the masthead. The more liberal scion of the Murdoch family is expected to leave the business for his own venture capital fund, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Suzanne Scott Named CEO of Fox News

Veteran programming executive Suzanne Scott was named chief executive of the Fox News unit of 21st Century Fox, part of the continuing reorganization of the company as it prepares to sell the bulk of its assets to Walt Disney Co. She will report to Lac…

Veteran programming executive Suzanne Scott was named chief executive of the Fox News unit of 21st Century Fox, part of the continuing reorganization of the company as it prepares to sell the bulk of its assets to Walt Disney Co. She will report to Lachlan Murdoch and Rupert Murdoch, who will lead the recalibrated company. […]

Fox News Taps Mark Levin for New Weekend Primetime Show

Fox News said it had signed Mark Levin, the nationally syndicated conservative radio host, to anchor an hour each Sunday night at 10 p.m. “Life, Liberty & Levin” is expected to explore “fundamental values and principles undergirding American society, culture, politics, and current events, and their relevance to the nation’s future and everyday lives of […]

Fox News said it had signed Mark Levin, the nationally syndicated conservative radio host, to anchor an hour each Sunday night at 10 p.m. “Life, Liberty & Levin” is expected to explore “fundamental values and principles undergirding American society, culture, politics, and current events, and their relevance to the nation’s future and everyday lives of […]

Why Fox News Exec Suzanne Scott Isn’t the Answer to Network’s Discrimination Problem

Fox News has “solved” its image problem. After last week’s attempt to roll out a new and improved Fox News floundered — which resulted in a mysterious, sudden “vacation” for correspondent Jesse Watters — co-president Bill Shine, one of the cable news network’s founding fathers, resigned from the network. In his place, Fox News promoted… Read more »

Fox News has “solved” its image problem. After last week’s attempt to roll out a new and improved Fox News floundered — which resulted in a mysterious, sudden “vacation” for correspondent Jesse Watters — co-president Bill Shine, one of the cable news network’s founding fathers, resigned from the network. In his place, Fox News promoted... Read more »

Fox News Dominates April Ratings Despite Network Shakeup

Fox News Channel’s behind-the-scenes turmoil hasn’t slowed down the ratings juggernaut, as FNC finished April as the most-watched channel in all of cable.

Fox News averaged 2.4 million primetime viewers to finish atop the category for the third straight month. TNT’s NBA-playoff heavy schedule finished second, averaging 1.8 million viewers between 8-11 p.m. MSNBC, HGTV and ESPN round out the top five.

Among total day viewers, Fox News also finished No. 1 for the tenth straight month, averaging 1.5 million viewers compared to 1.1 million for second place Nickelodeon. No other cable networks surpassed the one-million viewer average for the month as HGTV MSNBC, and TNT round out the top five.

Also Read: Fox News Co-President Bill Shine Is Out as Scandal Claims Another Head

April marks the 184-straight month that Fox News has beaten cable news rivals CNN and MSNBC. April was quite a month for Fox News, as the network parted ways with its biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, and co-president Bill Shine amid on-going sexual harassment allegations.

The month also saw major changes to the network’s programming. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” moved from 9 p.m. ET to 8 p.m. ET to replace “The O’Reilly Factor,” while “The Five” moved to 9 p.m. A new one-hour, political talk show called “The Fox News Specialists” moved into the 5 p.m. ET timeslot.

The shakeup atop Fox News hasn’t turned away viewers. The network grew 36 percent among total day viewers compared to April of 2016, which was well before former anchor Gretchen Carlson came forward with sexual harassment allegations against founding CEO Roger Ailes.

A variety of women came forward with similar claims and Ailes eventually stepped down in disgrace. O’Reilly and Shine are also gone because of the on-going scandal, but it should ne noted that Shine was never accused of harassment himself.  All three men deny all allegations made against them.

The company announced Monday that current Fox News executives Suzanne Scott was promoted to president of programming and Jay Wallace to president of news.

It will be interesting to see if the new regime can keep Fox News’ streak going for another month.

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Fox News Channel’s behind-the-scenes turmoil hasn’t slowed down the ratings juggernaut, as FNC finished April as the most-watched channel in all of cable.

Fox News averaged 2.4 million primetime viewers to finish atop the category for the third straight month. TNT’s NBA-playoff heavy schedule finished second, averaging 1.8 million viewers between 8-11 p.m. MSNBC, HGTV and ESPN round out the top five.

Among total day viewers, Fox News also finished No. 1 for the tenth straight month, averaging 1.5 million viewers compared to 1.1 million for second place Nickelodeon. No other cable networks surpassed the one-million viewer average for the month as HGTV MSNBC, and TNT round out the top five.

April marks the 184-straight month that Fox News has beaten cable news rivals CNN and MSNBC. April was quite a month for Fox News, as the network parted ways with its biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, and co-president Bill Shine amid on-going sexual harassment allegations.

The month also saw major changes to the network’s programming. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” moved from 9 p.m. ET to 8 p.m. ET to replace “The O’Reilly Factor,” while “The Five” moved to 9 p.m. A new one-hour, political talk show called “The Fox News Specialists” moved into the 5 p.m. ET timeslot.

The shakeup atop Fox News hasn’t turned away viewers. The network grew 36 percent among total day viewers compared to April of 2016, which was well before former anchor Gretchen Carlson came forward with sexual harassment allegations against founding CEO Roger Ailes.

A variety of women came forward with similar claims and Ailes eventually stepped down in disgrace. O’Reilly and Shine are also gone because of the on-going scandal, but it should ne noted that Shine was never accused of harassment himself.  All three men deny all allegations made against them.

The company announced Monday that current Fox News executives Suzanne Scott was promoted to president of programming and Jay Wallace to president of news.

It will be interesting to see if the new regime can keep Fox News’ streak going for another month.

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Will Sean Hannity Be the Next Fox News Star to Go?

Fox News star Sean Hannity recently tweeted that if the network’s co-president Bill Shine were forced out it would be the “end of the FNC as we know it.”

Well, the end is here. Shine stepped down Monday amid the ongoing sexual harassment scandal that has caused a huge shakeup atop the network, and speculation is rampant that Hannity will be the next star to leave based on his close ties to the now-former Fox News boss. And as it turns out, Fox News might not be able to do anything about it, thanks to a clause in Hannity’s contract that allows him to quit whenever he wants.

Shine and Hannity are longtime friends and colleagues who have worked together since 1996. In fact, Hannity watched Shine grow from “Hannity and Colmes” producer to co-president of the network. Hannity has subsequently stood by Shine, and last week tweeted his belief that “somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC” is deliberately trying to ruin Shine’s career.

Also Read: Fox News Co-President Bill Shine Is Out as Scandal Claims Another Head

Fox News has filled Shine’s job internally for now, which should be a considered a positive development for Hannity — unless he thinks one of the now-promoted executives was the leak.

It would obviously be a very risky move for Hannity to bolt, considering he hosts one of the most popular shows in the history of cable news. But Fox News viewers can attest that crazier things have happened.

Fox News has already lost two primetime superstars in 2017. Megyn Kelly bolted for NBC when her contract was up and Bill O’Reilly was recently fired because of the aforementioned sexual harassment claims. O’Reilly-Kelly-Hannity was the primetime lineup that helped Fox News dominate the cable news landscape for the past few years, but only one of them remains.

Also Read: Reporter Has No Idea Why Sean Hannity Keeps Tweeting at Him

Luckily for Fox News, the network managed to lose O’Reilly and Kelly without suffering a decline in ratings. But Many insiders consider Shine the guy who held everything together. If Hannity were to follow Shine out the door then longtime viewers of the network would hardly recognize the place.

Just last week, Mediaite reported that “an alternative conservative network is being actively discussed amongst conservative fat cats.” The report claimed that “serious discussions are underway to create an alternative conservative cable network on the belief that the Fox News Network is moving too far to the left.”

If true, a quick call to Shine could quickly get the old band back together. A new network could potential feature Shine leading a primetime trio O’Reilly, Hannity and soon-to-be free agent Tomi Lahren. Shine is regarded as someone who played a key role in shaping Fox News’ conservative voice that Hannity is the face of.

And if Hannity does decide to bolt, Fox might not be able to do anything about it. New York Magazine reporter/editor Gabe Sherman, who has been out in front of the on-going Fox News drama, reported that Hannity has a “key man clause” in his contract that would allow him to quit anytime.

Also Read: Sean Hannity’s Prediction of ‘Total End’ of Fox News Channel Has Twitter Rejoicing: ‘We Can Hope’

Shine, a protégé of ousted network founder Roger Ailes, had been with Fox News for 20 years. He was regarded as a key member of the old regime at Fox News and was promoted to co-president, alongside Jack Abernethy, last year when Ailes stepped down as CEO because of multiple sexual harassment allegations.

Last week, Sherman reported that Shine asked the Murdoch family for a public statement of support but they declined.

The report sent Hannity into a Twitter tirade, saying he prays the report isn’t true because it would be the end of Fox News. He even started a hashtag #IStandWithShine and tweeted the link to a Facebook page titled “Stop the Scalping” which condones targeting conservative voices by the politically correct.

It appears Sherman was correct about the Murdoch family wanting to get rid of Shine. Now it will be interesting to see if Hannity was correct when he said Shine’s ouster would be the end of Fox News as we know it.

Fox News declined TheWrap’s request to speak with Hannity for this piece.

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Fox News star Sean Hannity recently tweeted that if the network’s co-president Bill Shine were forced out it would be the “end of the FNC as we know it.”

Well, the end is here. Shine stepped down Monday amid the ongoing sexual harassment scandal that has caused a huge shakeup atop the network, and speculation is rampant that Hannity will be the next star to leave based on his close ties to the now-former Fox News boss. And as it turns out, Fox News might not be able to do anything about it, thanks to a clause in Hannity’s contract that allows him to quit whenever he wants.

Shine and Hannity are longtime friends and colleagues who have worked together since 1996. In fact, Hannity watched Shine grow from “Hannity and Colmes” producer to co-president of the network. Hannity has subsequently stood by Shine, and last week tweeted his belief that “somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC” is deliberately trying to ruin Shine’s career.

Fox News has filled Shine’s job internally for now, which should be a considered a positive development for Hannity — unless he thinks one of the now-promoted executives was the leak.

It would obviously be a very risky move for Hannity to bolt, considering he hosts one of the most popular shows in the history of cable news. But Fox News viewers can attest that crazier things have happened.

Fox News has already lost two primetime superstars in 2017. Megyn Kelly bolted for NBC when her contract was up and Bill O’Reilly was recently fired because of the aforementioned sexual harassment claims. O’Reilly-Kelly-Hannity was the primetime lineup that helped Fox News dominate the cable news landscape for the past few years, but only one of them remains.

Luckily for Fox News, the network managed to lose O’Reilly and Kelly without suffering a decline in ratings. But Many insiders consider Shine the guy who held everything together. If Hannity were to follow Shine out the door then longtime viewers of the network would hardly recognize the place.

Just last week, Mediaite reported that “an alternative conservative network is being actively discussed amongst conservative fat cats.” The report claimed that “serious discussions are underway to create an alternative conservative cable network on the belief that the Fox News Network is moving too far to the left.”

If true, a quick call to Shine could quickly get the old band back together. A new network could potential feature Shine leading a primetime trio O’Reilly, Hannity and soon-to-be free agent Tomi Lahren. Shine is regarded as someone who played a key role in shaping Fox News’ conservative voice that Hannity is the face of.

And if Hannity does decide to bolt, Fox might not be able to do anything about it. New York Magazine reporter/editor Gabe Sherman, who has been out in front of the on-going Fox News drama, reported that Hannity has a “key man clause” in his contract that would allow him to quit anytime.

Shine, a protégé of ousted network founder Roger Ailes, had been with Fox News for 20 years. He was regarded as a key member of the old regime at Fox News and was promoted to co-president, alongside Jack Abernethy, last year when Ailes stepped down as CEO because of multiple sexual harassment allegations.

Last week, Sherman reported that Shine asked the Murdoch family for a public statement of support but they declined.

The report sent Hannity into a Twitter tirade, saying he prays the report isn’t true because it would be the end of Fox News. He even started a hashtag #IStandWithShine and tweeted the link to a Facebook page titled “Stop the Scalping” which condones targeting conservative voices by the politically correct.

It appears Sherman was correct about the Murdoch family wanting to get rid of Shine. Now it will be interesting to see if Hannity was correct when he said Shine’s ouster would be the end of Fox News as we know it.

Fox News declined TheWrap’s request to speak with Hannity for this piece.

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