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Fox News Responds to Gawker Shepard Smith Story: ’100% False and a Complete Fabrication’

SmithAilesFox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and anchor Shepard Smith are calling a Gawker story published this morning “100% false and a complete fabrication.” The story titled “How Fox News Shoved Shepard Smith Back Into The Closet,” is based on anonymous sources who claim Smith wanted to reveal his sexuality, but was stopped by Fox News executives, including Bill Shine, who heads up FNC’s opinion programming.

The Gawker story claims Shine “flipped out,” when Smith brought his partner to a July 4, 2013 party at Ailes’ upstate estate, and later called a meeting to discuss what to do. Fox News tells us Shine wasn’t at that party (he was in Charleston, South Carolina on vacation with his family) and emphatically denies any such meeting occurred.

Gawker claims the events of the July 4th party led to Smith being “demoted.” But, Ailes and Smith had been discussing a new contract with Smith as early as last spring, and singed in June, leading to the addition of the Fox News Deck and changes to primetime.

“This story is 100% false and a complete fabrication,” write Ailes and Smith in a joint statement. “As colleagues and close friends at Fox News for 18 years, our relationship has always been rooted in a mutual respect, deep admiration, loyalty, trust, and full support both professionally and personally.”

Smith works for the news side of FOX, which is run by Michael Clemente and Jay Wallace and not Bill Shine, who oversees programs like “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity.” Shine released his own statement of support for Smith, which reads in part: “We have never asked Shep to discuss or not discuss his private life, and the notion of us having an issue with anyone’s sexuality is not only insulting, but pure fiction.” Shine’s full statement after the jump:

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The Morning Ticker: FNC, CNBC, MSFT

  • As part of its 25th anniversary, CNBC’s Tyler Mathisen hosts a special tomorrow night of the 25 people who’ve made the biggest impact in business and finance over the last 25 years. The special airs tomorrow night at 7pmET on CNBC.

  • Following Netflix and Yahoo, Microsoft is the latest tech company to get into the business of original video production using the company’s 85 million connected Xboxes around the world. Capital New York reports on what they have planned.

Fox News to Debut Daytime Ensemble Show

outnumberedFox News has announced plans for a new 12pmET show called “Outnumbered” that will feature a rotating ensemble of four female hosts and one male host. The show will debut April 28.

In the new daytime lineup, “Happening Now,” anchored by Jon Scott and Jenna Lee, will split into two one-hour blocks at 11amET and 1pmET. “America’s News Headquarters,” which has had a temporary place in the lineup since the primetime shuffle last year, will no longer air on weekdays.

Harris Faulkner and FBN’s Sandra Smith will be the rotating hosts that will lead news coverage on “Outnumbered.” Other women featured will be Kimberly Guilfoyle and Andrea Tantaros, along with Fox News contributors Jedediah Bila, Katie Pavlich and Kirsten Powers. The solo male panelist will vary each day.

Outnumbered combines a distinctive group of FOX talent with unique experiences and insights that will make for compelling news programming.  We look forward to once again pushing the envelope with the addition of this new show and are confident the revised line-up will only strengthen the FNC brand,” senior vice president of news Jay Wallace said in a statement.

Fox News has seen great success with “The Five,” its 5pmET ensemble show that debuted after Glenn Beck‘s departure in 2011. The show finished the first quarter of this year third in total viewers and second in the demo among all cable news programs.

The Weekend Ticker: Emanuel, Ruhle, Wallace

  • Fox News Channel chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel will receive the Humanitarian Media Achievement Award at the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund gala tonight. “I never imagined receiving awards, or [having gone to] half the places I’ve been over the years,” he tells the National Herald.
  • Stephanie Ruhle says her transition from Wall Street to Bloomberg TV has been easy. “It’s great because it’s the same stuff I’ve focused on my whole career, and now I get to do it on television,” she tells 201 Magazine. “It’s not even that big of a change because I spent years surrounded by unbelievably talented people in the financial industry, learning from them, working with them.”
  • Jay Wallace, Fox News’ VP of News and senior executive producer of news and politics, talks to Lost Remote about how “America Live with Megyn Kelly” is leveraging social media. “The amazing thing about this social media age is that it’s usage on Megyn’s show and in the newsroom has grown to a point where it is hard to imagine what life was without it,” he said. “It has become second nature in news production.”

Jay Wallace Upped at Fox News Channel

Fox News Channel has promoted Jay Wallace to VP of news and senior executive producer of news and politics. He had been VP of news editorial product since June, 2008.

The promotion makes Wallace (pictured to the right of Shepard Smith) the number two news executive at the channel after senior VP of news editorial Michael Clemente.

“Jay has proven himself to be a talented producer and respected leader within FNC,” said Clemente in a statement. “His consistent performance and experience will continue to be a valued asset to the network.”

In his new role Wallace will assist Clemente in management of the news division, and in his production role he will oversee special political programming in addition to the daily news responsibilities.

Wallace joined FNC in 1996 as a tape coordinator. In the years since has has also served as NY bureau chief, EP of “Fox Report with Shepard Smith” and EP of news.

The FNC release is after the jump.

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ABC Producer Jumps to Fox News

FNC_9.11.jpgAnother ABCer is heading to Fox News Channel.

TVNewser has learned 18-year veteran producer Sean Smith will be reuniting with his former ABC News colleague Michael Clemente, joining Fox as Vice President of News. Most recently Smith has been a Coordinating Producer for ABC News, and before that was the senior producer for the “World News” Webcast.

Smith replaces David Rhodes who left FNC for Bloomberg TV in November. We’re told Smith will work on editorial futures and long term news coverage while Jay Wallace, the VP of News Editorial Product, will continue handling day to day editorial operations.

Clemente left a 27-year career at ABC News last year joining FNC as SVP of News. Bill O’Reilly‘s EP David Tabacoff is also an ABC News alum.

And yesterday we were first to report that “20/20″ anchor John Stossel was leaving a nearly 30-year career at ABC News to join Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel.

> Update: Internal memo from Clemente after the jump…

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FNC’s Jay Wallace Part of “Next Wave of Leaders”

wallace_6-8.jpgFox News Channel VP of news editorial Jay Wallace was named to the 2009 “Next Wave of Leaders” list by Broadcasting & Cable.

Wallace paid his dues, first at News 12 and through the ranks of Fox News — from the overnight desk, to bureau chief, to EP of FOX Report to his current executive role. “Now I go out in the field and the truck guys and engineers, they want to vent,” he says. “I think people identify with the fact that I’ve done these jobs.”

He also described one reason for FNC’s ratings dominance post-election. “Time after time, when we get a ratings spike with a huge story, a chunk of those first-time viewers never leave the tent,” says Wallace.

Earlier: FNC’s Molly Henneberg makes the 2008 “Next Wave” list.

What Will “President Obama” Mean For Fox News?

hannity_1-19.jpgThe New York Times’ Brian Stelter takes a detailed look at what the future of Fox News will be with a Democrat in the White House.

FNC SVP Bill Shine says, “All I know is that over the course of the next four years, we’re going to do what we do really well — cover the news in a fair and balanced way and put on a very good product.”

But, as EVP of news editorial John Moody notes, “Will we give this incoming administration a Greek chorus of exaltation? No, but that speaks more about the other networks than about us.”

On the economic side, Brad Adgate, SVP for research at Horizon Media, says FNC is on “firm financial footing” in 2009. Adgate says FNC has “created appointment viewing on slow news days” and that “audience loyalty allow Fox to charge higher rates.”

Eric Alterman, liberal media columnist and author of “What Liberal Media?” sees FNC in a good spot with the new administration. “Fox is in a much better position with a liberalish Democrat in the White House than they were with a Republican,” he says.

But former White House press secretary Scott McClellan notes where FNC is likely to lose one household. “They’re certainly going to lose some market share at the White House,” said McClellan.

Earlier: FNC’s Jay Wallace looks to 2009 and reflects on the 2008 election.

Journalists, Politicians Toast To Brit

As expected, journalists and politicians packed Cafe Milano in Washington, D.C. last night to say goodbye to FNC’s Brit Hume. The Hill’s Emily Goodin names a few: VP Dick Cheney, Bill O’Reilly, Brian Williams, Maureen Dowd, Bo Derek.

Goodin also writes about the speeches, including this joke from Hume’s: “He joked he hadn’t been this honored ‘since the rumor was going around that I was having an affair with Megyn Kelly.” Some pictures from the event:

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“People Have Learned New Viewing Habits”

ElexNight_11.10.jpgThe AP’s David Bauder takes a look at the cable news landscape through the lens of an Obama White House. Frank Sesno, the former CNN Washington bureau chief and occasional on-air analyst says viewing habits shifted during the campaign. “The market has changed. I don’t think this is episodic. I think it is structural and real and probably permanent. People have learned new viewing habits and new news consumption habits,” Sesno says.

So does this mean good things for MSNBC? The former president of the network says maybe. Erik Sorenson says MSNBC should do better in quieter periods than it has in the past because of its clearer identity. “That said, the wrong guys won the election for MSNBC,” Sorenson says. “If McCain won, Keith [Olbermann] and Rachel [Maddow] would have a lot to talk about. The audience would have a lot to be angry about and focused on.”

— Earlier on TVNewser: What the cable nets will do to keep audiences tuned in…

FNC: Jay Wallace: “Any time there’s a key story that’s out there…we always tend to retain more eyeballs than anyone else.”

CNN: Jon Klein: It’s the economy…

MSNBC: Phil Griffin: “We’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing.”

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