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John Moody Returns to Fox News as Executive Editor; Michael Clemente Promoted to EVP

Fox News is making some changes on the executive level. Michael Clemente, the network’s senior vice president of news editorial, has been promoted to executive vice president, and John Moody will return as executive editor and EVP, the network announced today.

Moody was EVP of news editorial at FNC for 13 years before leaving the network in 2009 to oversee Newscore, News Corp.’s global wire service. Newscore will be absorbed by Fox News going forward, a move that Fox News chairman Roger Ailes said would “strengthen our overall newsgathering capabilities and enable us to operate at an even higher level.”

Clemente will continue to oversee Fox News editorial and run day-to-day operations for the news division, while Moody will oversee the network’s digital assets, including foxnews.com. Moody will also act as a senior advisor to Ailes.

“John’s extensive experience in news for the past several decades both in television and in print remain unmatched in the industry,” Ailes said in a statement. “John helped us become the number one news network and I look forward to working closely with him again.”

The full release is after the jump.

FOX NEWS ELEVATES TWO EXECUTIVES

 

Michael Clemente Named Executive Vice President

John Moody Returns to Network as Executive Editor

FOX News has elevated two executives in the network’s hard news division, announced Roger Ailes, Chairman & CEO, FOX News. Michael Clemente has been promoted to Executive Vice President of News Editorial and John Moody, currently the CEO of Newscore, will return to FOX News as Executive Editor and Executive Vice President. Both executives will report directly to Ailes.

Newscore, a news service that allows worldwide editorial properties to share content and resources across all News Corp entities will now be absorbed into the day to day operations of FOX News.

In making the announcement, Ailes said, “As our fiscal year comes to a close, I’ve determined that Newscore will operate more efficiently and effectively inside FOX News. This move will strengthen our overall newsgathering capabilities and enable us to operate at an even higher level.”

Clemente will continue to run day to day operations for the entire news division while Moody will operate as a senior adviser to Ailes on all editorial matters. Moody will also serve as the Executive Editor of foxnews.com and oversee all news related digital assets.

Ailes said, “John’s extensive experience in news for the past several decades both in television and in print remain unmatched in the industry. John helped us become the number one news network and I look forward to working closely with him again.”

Ailes further noted, “Michael Clemente is one of the most seasoned television news executives in the business. He continues to have the mindset of both a journalist and the instincts of a television programmer which have served the network very well during his tenure.”

Prior to his role with Newscore, Moody served as the Executive Vice President, News Editorial of FOX News where he was responsible for all editorial direction and story content for 13 years. Before this, he spent more than a decade at TIME Magazine as both a writer and bureau chief.

Clemente joined FOX News in February of 2009 as the Senior Vice President of News Editorial and has overseen all news operations and news editorial for the network, including the notable political coverage of the current election season.

Before joining FNC, Clemente spent 27 years at ABC News, where he served as senior broadcast producer for 20/20 with John Stossel, Elizabeth Vargas and Barbara Walters, as well as the executive producer of ABC’s breaking news  specials during that same period. He also served as senior broadcast producer for World News Tonight from 1997-99 and was the chief producer for Peter Jennings, responsible for much of the editorial and creative direction for the anchor.  In between stints at ABC News, he spent two years at CNN in Washington.

FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news.  A top five cable network, FNC has been the most watched news channel in the country for more than ten years and according to Public Policy Polling, is the most trusted television news source in the country. Owned by News Corp., FNC is available in more than 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre.

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