Fox News Hires New Human Resources Chief in Wake of Roger Ailes Scandal

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Kevin Lord, formerly the top human resources exec at Tegna, is joining the cable network.

In the wake of the resignation last summer of Roger Ailes, the company's powerful founding chairman who was accused by numerous female employees of sexual harassment, Fox News has hired a new human resources chief. 

Kevin Lord, formerly the top human resources exec at Tegna, was named the executive vice president of human resources at Fox News on Wednesday.

"Kevin is an extremely well-rounded executive who recognizes the essential role that human resources plays, having held high-profile positions at major media companies and GE," co-presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine said in a joint statement.

The execs added: "His long and impressive track record in this arena will be a valuable addition to our management team, and we look forward to him implementing key programs reflecting his core vision for employees."

The appointment arrives as Fox News is under scrutiny after the departure of Ailes, who kept an iron grip on all aspects of running the network, and was a commanding figure on the broader landscape of TV news.

Female employees allegedly harassed by Ailes, including star anchor Megyn Kelly, have asserted that there was no real safe haven to report harassment without fear of career-ending reprisal.

Kelly, who recounted unwanted physical advances made by Ailes when Kelly was a first-year correspondent in the Fox News Washington bureau, told The Hollywood Reporter during an earlier interview that Ailes was like a "king" at Fox News.

Andrea Tantaros, in a lawsuit filed last summer, said she did report harassment to Fox News executives, including those in human resources. (Network representatives have disputed the claim that she reported alleged harassment by Ailes.)

Many women inside Fox News, particularly Kelly, have advocated for a more robust and independent human resources presence at the network. And sources say that installing someone untainted by the Ailes scandal was a major priority for the Murdochs.