Fox News realigns its programming executive team

The management shift included several new roles for former production staff for Bill O’Reilly, who was forced out at Fox News amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Fox News has introduced its realigned programming executive team after several months of upheaval.

  • Meade Cooper is now senior vice president of programming and will oversee Monday through Sunday primetime and opinion shows. Cooper previously served as vice president of primetime live and programming
  • John Finley is now senior vice president of development and production. Finley previously helped develop Fox New’s core primetime and special programming, including “Hannity,” “The Five,” “The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden” and “The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton.” He’s stepping in for Jeff Hark, who recently retired after 21 years at the network overseeing the production unit
  • Ron Mitchell is now vice president of story development for primetime programming. He previously served as a producer on “The O’Reilly Factor” for the past 14 years
  • Lauren Petterson is now senior vice president of morning programming and talent development. She previously served as vice president of morning programming
  • Amy Sohnen is now vice president of talent development. She previously served as executive producer of “The O’Reilly Factor”
  • Jill Van Why is now vice president of programming operations. She previously served as senior director of programming and production at FNC

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“We’re excited to announce a new programming leadership team that will provide a more efficient and cohesive partnership across all aspects of programming and production. These executives are responsible for many of the network’s innovations and achievements over the years, and under their guidance, we’re ensuring FNC's continued success as the leader in cable news,” said Suzanne Scott, president of programming at Fox News, in a statement.

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The management shift included several new roles for former production staff for Bill O’Reilly, who was forced out at Fox News amid allegations of sexual harassment.

In addition to O’Reilly departing the network, Fox News has also in the past year lost other key on-air personalities including Megyn Kelly, who joined NBC News, and Greta Van Susternen, who joined MSNBC.

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