The Fox News cable network has appointed Suzanne Scott its new CEO, making her the first woman to ever run the network. Scott is a Fox News veteran and had been president of programming there, overseeing shows like Fox & Friends and Hannity, CNN’s Brian Stelter reported. Scott had been promoted last May, after longtime co-president of programming Bill Shine abruptly resigned amid accusations that he covered up the predatory behavior of the late Roger Ailes. She will also now have control of Fox Business.
But Scott was a deputy to Ailes, who founded the network in the 1990s and was forced out in disgrace nearly two years ago after a heap of sexual harassment allegations were made against him. In a post on Twitter, reporter Yashar Ali pointed out that “many women who faced sexual harassment at FNC have told me Suzanne was part of the problem.”
Scott will report directly to Lachlan/ Rupert Murdoch. It’s important to note that while Scott has worked to seem more inclusive in the past year, she was a longtime Roger Ailes deputy and many women who faced sexual harassment at FNC have told me Suzanne was part of the problem. https://t.co/N52Pe2XKnU
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 17, 2018
Still, Scott’s promotion to CEO, which came as part of Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, is reorganizing its business units, was celebrated by many. Former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren congratulated Scott in a post on Twitter, while pointing out that neither CNN nor MSNBC have ever been run by a woman.
She makes history not just for being first women CEO at Fox — but first CEO in all of cable news, right? CNN and MSNBC are run by men ….no women have ever run those cables… https://t.co/XYq9netNFU
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) May 17, 2018
And Lachlan Murdoch, the son of media baron Rupert Murdoch, who is taking over for his father as chairman of the company, praised Scott for being “instrumental in the success of Fox News” following the departure of Bill O’Reilly, who also left the network in disgrace amid sexual harassment allegations.
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