Fox News announced on Thursday that programming executive Suzanne Scott has been named chief executive officer — a historic move that makes her the network’s first female CEO.
21st Century Fox chairman Lachlan Murdoch confirmed the news as he prepares to lead a new division of the Fox media empire once he finalizes an entertainment deal with Disney. Fox also announced that Jay Wallace has been named President of Fox News, and Jack Abernethy, who served as co-president, will remain the CEO of the company’s television stations.
“Suzanne has been instrumental in the success of FOX News and she has now made history as its first female CEO,” Murdoch said. “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.”
Scott offered a statement of her own:
“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.”
The revamp of the Fox News C-suite comes nearly two years after longtime overlord Roger Ailes was ousted over allegations of sexual harassment, which sparked a shakeup that named Bill Shine and Abernethy co-presidents of the network and Scott EVP of programming.
The Fox statement notes:
In his role as co-president of FOX News since August of 2016, Abernethy led the network through a major transformation both on and off the air which included: recruiting a new general counsel; executing key talent deals; establishing new HR leadership; overhauling the finance structure, and installing a new advertising sales chief. He is also responsible for appointing two women to C-suite roles in both finance and advertising sales for the first time in the history of the network.
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