NEW YORK – Fox's parent company named Suzanne Scott's CEO on Thursday, giving the popular news network and its businesses the first leader since Roger Ailes was deceased expelled in 2016 under a cloud of accusations of sexual misconduct.
Scott, who has been with Fox News Channel since its launch in 1996, has recently been co-president of Fox News with David Abernethy. Abernethy, who also runs Fox-owned television stations, will return alone to that job. Jay Wallace was named president and executive editor of Fox News, giving him control of the editorial operations of the networks and reporting to Scott.
The moves came a day after 21st Century Fox announced that Lachlan Murdoch would become president and CEO of Aerodynamic Company.
Fox News Channel has thrived during the Trump administration, as has MSNBC, its ideological opposite during primetime programming. Despite losing Bill O & # 39; Reilly to accusations of sexual misconduct and Megyn Kelly to NBC, Fox's primetime lineup usually heads all cable networks in the rankings. Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham regularly attract Trump supporters, while Sean Hannity rules as a vocal supporter of Trump and regularly speaks to him on the phone, according to reports.
It was also revealed this week that 21st Century Fox had signed into a $ 10 million deal with 18 former Fox News Channel employees who had sued the company for racial or gender discrimination.
That erases a concern of Scott's mind, and it's hard not to see the appointment of a woman for the role of Ailes once celebrated as sending a message in the #MeToo era.
But she is not a newcomer. Scott is well rooted in Fox's culture, since he migrated to the CNBC company, as did Ailes, and that will surely raise doubts about whether she was in a position to improve working conditions. She worked on Greta Van Susteren's show when she aired on Fox, and helped create the program "Outnumbered" that airs at noon, and the programs presented by Dana Perino and Martha MacCallum.
Scott, who was not available to comment, said in a statement that she is "incredibly honored and honored to assume this new role."
He will direct Fox while trying to maintain his dominance in a market where Newsmax and Sinclair Broadcasting Group become more aggressive in the search for a conservative audience.
She and Abernethy named a new leadership in Fox's human resources department and a new legal adviser when they were co-chairs. However, the selection of her and Wallace represented a clear thumbs up on how the network is running. Wallace has also been with Fox News Channel since its inception, and more recently has overseen network news operations. The promotion will also put him in charge of the opinion programming.
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