Fox News Executive Michael Clemente Is Out

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Michael Clemente

The former executive vp of news and editorial joined the cable news network in 2009.

Rupert Murdoch already is making his mark as the new leader of Fox News.

Murdoch, who assumed the top job last week at the news network arm of his media conglomerate, has let go Fox News executive Michael Clemente, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The move comes days after longtime CEO and chairman Roger Ailes resigned following sexual harassment allegations from ousted anchor Gretchen Carlson. But a source at the network says Clemente's exit is unrelated to the harassment scandal at the network.

Murdoch and his son, 21st Century Fox executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch, are said to have approved Clemente's departure, which the Fox News management team had pushed for under Ailes.

Clemente's exit comes after he was demoted in April. The former executive vp of news was put in charge of a newly created longform specials unit, while Jay Wallace took over as exec vp of news and editorial.

Clemente joined Fox News in 2009 as senior vp of news editorial and was promoted to exec vp in 2012. Prior to joining Fox News, he spent 27 years at ABC News, where he led the division’s breaking news specials and served as a senior broadcast producer on 20/20 and World News Tonight.

 

 

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