Fox News Names Suzanne Scott Chief Executive Officer, Jay Wallace Promoted To President

Jack Abernethy will continue as CEO of FOX Television Stations Group and will relocate to Los Angeles.

On Thursday, Fox News announced some significant management moves, naming a new Chief Executive Officer and President.

Suzanne Scott, who was promoted to president of programming last year after Bill Shine’s resignation as Fox News co-president, has been named the news network’s CEO. She will report jointly to Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch.

“Suzanne has been instrumental in the success of FOX News and she has now made history as its first female CEO,” Lachlan Murdoch said in announcing the move. “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 & FBN for years to come.”

Jay Wallace, who had been serving as President of News and Editorial, has been appointed President of FOX News and Executive Editor. Meanwhile, Fox News Co-President Jack Abernethy will be the CEO of the FOX Television Stations Group and relocate to Los Angeles.

“As the stations group becomes a pivotal part of the planned New Fox, Jack will now lead this division from Los Angeles and continue as its CEO. He has been a steadying force at FOX News during the last 21 months, establishing extensive policies and procedures while streamlining management and installing respected industry executives in key roles, all of which achieved our goal of a creating more transparent work environment,” Lachlan Murdoch stated. “We are grateful for his leadership during this extraordinary period.”

He further noted, “With more than two decades of experience in newsgathering and production where he helped build and transform the news division, Jay Wallace’s editorial leadership and passion for journalism will serve FOX News well into the future.”

Regarding her appointment, Scott said “I am incredibly honored and humbled to take on this new role and very thankful to Rupert and Lachlan for their leadership and confidence in me to run FOX News. I am beyond proud of our incredible team and the success we have built as a network.”

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Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.

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