Fox News Channel has created a new division focusing on long-form specials. Michael Clemente will transition from his current position managing news to overseeing this new division as executive vice president of news specials.
As part of the restructuring, Jay Wallace has been promoted to executive vice president of news and editorial. Both Clemente and Wallace will report directly to Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.
“Michael’s wide-ranging broadcast background is perfect for this position – I’m confident that his extensive experience in long-form producing will result in development and execution of high quality specials,” Ailes said.
“”It’s an honor to continue working for Roger Ailes, who is a true leader. I’m eager to take on this new role and help consolidate the network’s existing specials units,” Clemente said. “Long-form 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.”
The new unit is the network’s third organizational division: Wallace runs news, Clemente oversees long-form specials, and Bill Shine oversees programming along with the Fox Business Network.
Clemente has already been in charge of numerous FNC specials, including “13 Hours in Benghazi and “Rising Threats-Shrinking Military.” He will officially oversee all development and production of taped long-form programming, complemented by occasional special live events.
The newly formed division will also include FNC editor-at-large Peter Boyer, senior executive producer and director Pamela Browne, executive producer Martin Hinton and specials director of development Clay Rawson. John Stossel’s quarterly customized specials for will now be part of this new division.
Before joining Fox News, Clemente spent 27 years at ABC News where he led the division’s breaking news specials, and served as senior broadcast producer of “20/20” and “World News Tonight.”