A new CEO has been named for Fox News as the company shakes up its top executive ranks ahead of the anticipated transition to the “New Fox.”
Suzanne Scott was named chief executive officer of Fox News and Fox Business Network. Scott, who has been with Fox News since its inception almost 22 years ago, was most recently president of programming for Fox News Channel and FBN.
Lachlan Murdoch, chairman of 21st Century Fox and chairman and CEO of the proposed New Fox, made the announcement today. Scott will report jointly to Lachlan Murdoch and Rupert Murdoch, 21st Century Fox executive chairman, executive chairman of Fox News and co-chairman of the proposed New Fox.
Additionally, Jay Wallace was promoted to president of Fox News and executive editor. Jack Abernethy will continue as CEO of the newly expanded Fox Television Stations Group. Abernethy will relocate to Los Angeles to work closely with Fox Broadcasting Company and Fox Sports.
In making the announcement, Lachlan Murdoch said: “Suzanne has been instrumental in the success of Fox News and she has now made history as its first female CEO. Her vision and innovation have helped create some of the most popular and lucrative prime-time 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 & FBN for years to come.”
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