Michael Clemente, Fox News’ former Executive VP in charge News Editorial, has been dismissed from the cable news network.
Clemente joined Fox in 2009. In April, he took over the network’s special reports and longform division.
Clemente’s departure follows the forced resignation of Fox’s founder and CEO Roger Ailes, signaling another tectonic shift for the nearly two-decade-old network.
Rupert Murdoch appointed himself interim chairman of the company.
Gabe Sherman reported in Jan. that Clemente and Senior Executive VP of Programming for Fox News and Fox Business, Bill Shine, were engaged in a fierce battle to replace Ailes. Shine is still the presumptive frontrunner to succeed Murdoch.
Fox News confirmed that Clemente has left the company.
A source at the network familiar with the situation states that his departure is not connected to the recent proliferation of reports about sexual harassment at the company.
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