Fox News Launches Longform Unit With Michael Clemente; Jay Wallace Upped to News Head

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Jay Wallace

The new division shifts former news topper Clemente to specials.

Fox News Channel is making a bigger push into specials, announcing Thursday that it has launched a division to focus on longform news programming. The push will be overseen by Michael Clemente, with Jay Wallace stepping into his former role as executive vp news and editorial.

“Michael’s wide-ranging broadcast background is perfect for this position — I’m confident that his extensive experience in longform producing will result in development and execution of high quality specials," said Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. “Jay’s television journalism acumen has played a major role in the success of FOX News throughout his nearly 20 years here and his leadership during the current election season has especially stood out. He’s both liked and respected throughout the newsroom and I’m certain he’ll excel in this position.”

Clemente's new title, executive vp news specials, will have him (and Wallace) reporting directly to Ailes. The specials unit will exist outside of the current organization at FNC, which separates news (anchors Shep Smith and Bret Baier) and programming (commentators Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity). The plan is for both taped programming and live events to be part of the longform division.

“It’s an honor to continue working for Roger Ailes, who is a true leader," said Clemente. "I’m eager to take on this new role and help consolidate the network’s existing specials units. Longform programming has always been a passion of mine and I’m excited to transition from day-to-day news coverage to spend more time on deeply reported, compelling stories in this rapidly changing news world.”
Wallace, who also runs Fox News Radio, will manage the news division — including all political coverage and election season debates and town halls. John Stack, promoted to senior vp newsgathering, will report directly to Wallace and manage FNC’s largest bureaus.

“I am honored by the opportunity to lead the amazing team of outstanding journalists assembled by Roger Ailes at such a momentous time in this nation’s history," added Wallace. "As Fox News nears its 20th anniversary, I am looking forward to enhancing and expanding the channel's news influence across all platforms.”