Layoffs Hit Fox News Digital Amid Restructuring

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The company had added to its workforce to help with its coverage of the 2020 election, and with the election over the company is adjusting its staffing to account for the less intense news cycle.

Fox News Digital is laying off staff as a continuation of restructuring plans the company first announced last fall. The new cuts also reflect a news cycle that may be less intense in the aftermath of the election, and with Joe Biden set to take office tomorrow.

“As we conclude the 2020 election cycle, Fox News Digital has realigned its business and reporting structure to meet the demands of this new era," a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "We are confident these changes will ensure the platform continues to deliver breakthrough reporting and insightful analysis surrounding major issues, both stateside and abroad.”

Fewer than 20 people are expected to be impacted, someone familiar with the matter says. The company had added to its workforce to help with its coverage of the 2020 election, and with the election over the company is adjusting its staffing accordingly.

Among those let go Tuesday was Chris Stirewalt, the politics editor for Fox News. A 10-year veteran of the company, Stirewalt was also a key member of the Fox News decision desk, which drew the ire of President Trump after becoming the first network to call Arizona for Biden.

A Fox News spokesperson declined to comment, citing employee confidentiality.

The company is expected to introduce a new digital leadership team in the coming weeks, one that will be inclusive and predominantly led by women.

Last September, Fox News announced that it would restructure its workforce to streamline its operations. The layoffs were unrelated to the novel coronavirus pandemic, with the exception of some hair and makeup staff, as so many guests and talent working remotely means less need for those departments.

The restructuring at Fox News followed a similar restructuring at Fox Sports last summer. The Daily Beast's Diana Falzone first reported the layoffs Tuesday.

Jan. 19, 3:51 p.m. Updated to include the fact that Chris Stirewalt was among those laid off.