Suzanne Scott has just been named chief executive officer of Fox News and Fox Business Network, making her the first female to take the role. Bret Baier covered the announcement on his program Thursday night. She is the first official CEO of Fox since Roger Ailes's departure in 2016. With that, Scott is also the only female CEO currently running any major TV news organization.
Lachlan Murdoch, co-chairman of 21st Century Fox who is expected to be chief executive and chairman of the new company set to form after selling some holdings to Disney, announced Scott's promotion Thursday.
“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 is a 20-year veteran of the company. Before her promotion, she had been overseeing Fox's opinion programming. When Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly left the network, Scott filled the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. gaps with Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham - decisions which have so far proved to be successful.