Suzanne Scott

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Suzanne Scott
Born1965/1966 (age 53–54)[1]
NationalityAmerican
OccupationMedia executive
Known forCEO of Fox News
Children1

Suzanne Scott is the American current CEO of Fox News, the second CEO in the network's history.

Biography[edit]

Scott was raised in Morristown, New Jersey.[1] Her father ran a trucking company out of the family home and her mother worked as a real estate agent.[1] She worked as an executive assistant to Chet Collier at CNBC before moving with Collier to Fox News[2] at its inception in 1996.[3] She began her work there as a programming assistant.[4]

According to a Fox News press release, "Throughout her Fox tenure, Scott has risen through the ranks in a number of programming, production and creative positions including: executive vice president of programming (2016); senior vice president of programming and development (2009); vice president of programming (2007); network executive producer (2005); as well as associate producer, producer and senior producer of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren (2002-2005). In addition, she was responsible for the launch of numerous on-air and digital initiatives, including the 2002 primetime debut of On the Record."[5]

After founder & former CEO Roger Ailes resigned in 2016 before he died in 2017, Scott, Jay Wallace, and Jack Abernathy are credited with “turning Fox News around” after the Ailes scandal. In that time, Scott worked as the president of programming, overseeing Fox News Channel's opinion shows including Fox & Friends, The Five and Hannity.[6]

On May 17, 2018, Scott was named CEO of both Fox News and Fox Business Network.[5] During this announcement, Lachlan Murdoch said Scott “has now made history as [Fox’s] first female CEO.” She is also the only woman in charge of a major TV "news" organization.[3]

This decision has been met with some media backlash due to Scott's alleged complicity in several sexual harassment suits within the company. Scott was not a defendant in the suits, but was cited within them, and was involved in several internal complaints. She denies the accusations.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Battaglio, Stephen (April 3, 2019). "Fox News Chief Executive Suzanne Scott keeps her focus on winning". Los Angeles Times. In contrast, the even-keeled Scott, 53, is not driven by ideology.
  2. ^ a b Wolfson, Sam (17 May 2018). "Meet Suzanne Scott: the new Fox News CEO who enforced the 'miniskirt rule'". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b "A new CEO at Fox News, Suzanne Scott, comes with baggage from the Ailes years". Washington Post. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Suzanne Scott Named First Female Chief Executive of Fox News". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Media Relations - Fox News". Press.foxnews.com. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  6. ^ Stelter, Brian. "Suzanne Scott makes history as Fox News' first female CEO". Money.cnn.com. Retrieved 18 October 2018.