Fox News has named Suzanne Scott its first ever female CEO after Roger Ailes was forced out over a sexual harassment scandal in 2016.
Scott started with the cable news network in 1996 as a programming assistant. She was most recently President of Programming at Fox News following Ailes’ exit.
Co-president Jack Abernethy will leave his role at Fox News, and reprise his former role as CEO of the Fox-owned television stations in Los Angeles.
Fox also named Jay Wallace as president and executive editor of Fox News, giving him control of the cable network’s editorial. He will be reporting to Scott.
The changes are part of a broader restructuring of Fox, as the Murdochs are preparing for what they call ‘New Fox,’ according to CNN.
Fox News names Suzanne Scott as its first female CEO (pictured left to right: John Finley of Fox News, Fox News Suzanne Scott, model Carol Alt and Bill Shine of Fox News)
Scott is the first female CEO and the first to be officially put in place after Roger Ailes (pictured with his wife Elizabeth) resigned from the cable news network as CEO in 2016 following a slew of sexual harassment allegations against him
The move to put executives in place comes a day after Lachlan Murdoch was named chairman and CEO of ‘New Fox,’ which includes the broadcast entertainment network and several cable channels.
21st Century Fox will be a slimmed down version of its former self ahead of the anticipated Disney take over of the company’s existing movie studio.
Dinsey in the meantime is waiting for government approval on that deal.
Rupert Murdoch had assumed the role of Executive Chairman of Fox News when Ailes resigned after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him.
On Wednesday the Murdochs confirmed that Rupert’s son, Lachlan Murdoch, will be chairman and CEO of the new slimmed down entertainment arm of the company.
Rupert Murdoch will be co-chairman.
Lachlan thanked Abernethy for being a ‘steadying force at Fox News’ since Ailes resigned 21-months-ago.
Lachlan meanwhile praised Scott for being ‘instrumental in the success of Fox News,’ adding ‘She has now made history as its first female CEO.’
Ailes was the founding CEO of Fox News, since it began in 1996.
In 2017, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was fired after sexual harassment allegations and settlement payouts came to light.
Also in 2017, Jamie Horowitz was abruptly ousted from his position as president Fox Sports National Networks amid allegations of sexual harassment against him.
Meanwhile Scott’s own hands are not unclean in the Fox News sexual harassment allegation scandal.
The Murdochs: Rupert and Lachlan are restructuring the company in preparation for a potential Disney takeover of Fox’s movie arm
The Huffington Post reports that former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros named Scott as a defendant in a lawsuit in which she accused the network of operating ‘like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny.’
Additionally, HuffPo reports that in another lawsuit, filed by Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky, Scott is accused of having people gang up former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson in retaliation for filing a her own sexual harassment claim against Ailes.
In Roginsky’s lawsuit she stated that, before Ailes’ ouster, ‘Fox News was completely controlled by Roger Ailes and that those who crossed him would be retaliated against by those who reported to him including… Suzanne Scott.’