Changes in FNC Executive Ranks…

TVNewser’s A.J. Katz writes that FNC’s Michael Clemente is being moved from Executive Vice President of News Editorial to a new unit inside FNC. Clemente will be EVP of News Specials.

In the shift, Jay Wallace (pictured) has been upped to evp, news and editorial overseeing all daytime weekday and weekend news shows. Wallace has been with the network from the beginning, starting as Shepard Smith‘s ep. Bill Sammon, vp and managing editor of the D.C. bureau, will now report to Wallace.

This kind of move naturally will spark a bunch of “What’s it all mean?” kibitzing. One of the first out of the gate is New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman who takes a familiar path…

This afternoon, Fox announced that Clemente is being moved to a new “longform unit” at the network. Veteran Fox executive Jay Wallace will replace him as executive VP of news. For Fox, the shake-up has wide-ranging implications. Until today, Clemente was seen inside and outside the network as a leading contender to replace Ailes, who turns 76 next month. “He’s out,” a Fox host told me. “He’s been kneecapped.”

While the suddenness of Clemente’s ouster stunned Fox hosts and producers, Ailes’s very public backing of Clemente in front of his colleagues might have been seen as an omen. “Roger is very needy and insecure,” one Fox veteran said. He’s often nicest to you when you’re on the way out.

One Fox anchor told me that Ailes suspected Clemente of leaking to the press over the past year. Inside Fox, where executives use burner phones because they fear their corporate lines are monitored, there’s not much worse than being labeled a leaker. Another mark against Clemente is that he had a relationship with Rupert Murdoch. Ailes is said to dislike executives who build up independent power bases, and talking to Murdoch, Ailes’s boss, would be seen as a threat. Lastly, Clemente, a former ABC News executive, never fully shed the stigma that he was an outsider. (Politically, he’s a centrist). His replacement, Jay Wallace, is a longtime Fox executive, who’s risen up through the ranks over the past decade.

Upcoming: Joe Concha’s “Sherman is lying again” rebuttal in 3…2…1…

4 Responses to “Changes in FNC Executive Ranks…”

  1. Grandpa Dave Says:

    Looks like Mr. Concha is not co-operating.

  2. Why should Concha brother….has anything Gabriel Sherman written ever come true or been proved by anyone else about Fox News?

  3. I’ve often wondered how Gabe Sherman’s articles on Fox News get through the editing process. And why do his sources inside Fox News only provide negative information about Roger Ailes, and nothing else?

  4. Why should Concha brother…

    Good question. It’s one I ask myself every time Concha pens another one…

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