Porter Berry has been named editor-in-chief of Fox News digital, the network announced Thursday. The longtime Fox News hand previously served as senior executive producer of “Hannity” the channel’s top rated program.
“Porter’s keen understanding of the news business along with his extensive experience across production and audience engagement make him the ideal candidate to lead FOX News Digital,” said Fox News president and executive editor Jay Wallace. “His work across FNC’s programming has been instrumental in our success as a network and we look forward to his leadership as we continue to grow our digital platforms.”
Berry joined Fox News in 2004 and worked his way up the ranks holding a variety of positions until he was ultimately tapped to lead Hannity in 2014. Berry will be replaced in the top management spot at “Hannity” by Tiffany Fazio — who previously served as a more junior executive producer under Berry.
“I am beyond excited to work with our incredible team of journalists and expert commentators across the channel in continuing to make FOX News Digital the most compelling destination for news, information, opinion and analysis,” said Berry. “As someone who has spent more than a decade at the network, there is no better audience to serve.”
Berry’s appointment is likely to plug a hole left at the top of editorial of Fox News digital from the departure of ex-digital chief Noah Kotch, who jumped ship for the Daily Mail back in June.
Berry’s move raised at least one pair of eyebrows from CNN’s Oliver Darcy — a professional Fox News watcher — who tweeted about his surprise to see Berry, a longtime titan of the channel’s opinion side, moving to lead the hard news digital operation.
From head of Fox’s top opinion program to head of its hard news digital operation. ???? https://t.co/7J7ZgVEHjx
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) August 16, 2018