Fox News pro­motes Scott to first fe­male CEO

Vet­eran also will lead Fox Busi­ness Net­work

USA TODAY US Edition - - MONEY - Mike Snider

21st Cen­tury Fox has named its first wo­man CEO, Suzanne Scott, to over­see the Fox News Chan­nel and Fox Busi­ness Net­work.

Scott, who has been with Fox News since its in­cep­tion in Oc­to­ber 1996, had been serv­ing as pres­i­dent of pro­gram­ming for both net­works. She will re­port to com­pany founder Ru­pert Murdoch and Lach­lan Murdoch, both ex­ec­u­tive chair­men of 21st Cen­tury Fox.

“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 a state­ment. “Her vi­sion and innovation have helped cre­ate some of the most pop­u­lar and lu­cra­tive prime­time pro­grams on ca­ble.”

This week, Lach­lan Murdoch was named co-chair­man, along with Ru­pert Murdoch, of the new Fox com­pany ex­pected to emerge from a sale of many Fox as­sets to the Walt Dis­ney Co. “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,” he said.

At Fox News, Scott over­saw the re­vamp­ing of the chan­nel’s prime-time lineup — in the wake of the dis­missal of Bill O’Reilly in April 2017 un­der al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment — with Tucker Carlson Tonight (8 p.m. ET), mov­ing Han­nity to 9 p.m., and adding The In­gra­ham An­gle at 10 p.m.

Scott, 52, was pro­moted in May

2017 af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of net­work co-pres­i­dent Bill Shine, who had been men­tioned in law­suits filed against Fox News for al­low­ing a work­place cul­ture in which sex­ual ha­rass­ment and racial dis­crim­i­na­tion de­vel­oped.

Last fall, Scott ex­panded the net­work’s sched­ule with 20 hours of live pro­gram­ming, in­clud­ing more women an­chors and hosts on shows she cocre­ated, such as Out­num­bered Over­timew/Harris Faulkner, The Story with Martha MacCal­lum and The Daily Brief­ing w/ Dana Perino.

As for new Fox, 21st Cen­tury Fox agreed to sell many of its prized as­sets — in­clud­ing the Fox movie and TV stu­dios, one-third stake in Hulu and its 22 re­gional sports net­works — to Dis­ney for $52.4 bil­lion last De­cem­ber. But that deal could face an­other hur­dle with Com­cast re­port­edly plan­ning a

$60 bil­lion offer to out­bid Dis­ney.

Suzanne Scott

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