Suzanne Scott is the new president of programming for Fox News, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This comes after Fox News announced on Monday they Bill Shine, the co-president of the network, was resigning. Several of the sexual harassment lawsuits filed against Fox News alleged that Shine played a part in enabling Roger Ailes’ behavior at the network.
So who is Suzanne Scott, the new president of programming for the Fox News channel? Here’s what you need to know.
1. She Has Worked at Fox News Since 1996
Suzanne Scott is a veteran of the Fox News channel.
According to her LinkedIn page, Scott began working with Fox News in 1996, and so she has now been with the company for 21 years.
Up until this past week, Scott’s title was executive vice president of programming and development. In that role, she was in charge of supervising the channel’s daytime and primetime opinion shows and leading development of new programming, according to a Fox News press release from 2016.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott was Bill Shine’s second-in-command.
2. She Previously Worked for CNBC
According to TV Newser, Suzanne Scott worked for CNBC before coming to Fox News in 1996.
She also worked at America’s Talking, which was a talk show channel that spun off from CNBC but only lasted for two years.
At both of these networks, Suzanne Scott worked under Chet Collier. Chet Collier is one of the founders of Fox News, and he recruited Suzanne Scott when the network was first getting its start in the 1990s.
3. She Reportedly Enforced a Dress Code Requiring Women to Wear Mini-Skirts on the Air
Some of the sexual harassment lawsuits filed against the Fox News channel alleged that Roger Ailes required women to wear short skirts when they appeared on air.
Evidently, that was not just Ailes’ doing, though.
According to New York Magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman, during Roger Ailes’ time with the network, Suzanne Scott was tasked with enforcing the mini-skirt dress code. Sherman also says that because of this, women inside Fox News are asking how the culture is going to change with Scott in charge.
4. She Allegedly Tried to Recruit Fox Contributors to Retaliate Against Gretchen Carlson
Suzanne Scott was one of the individuals named in the lawsuit filed by Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky against the network.
One section of the lawsuit names Scott as one of the people that Roginsky knew would retaliate against her if she spoke out against the network.
In another part of the lawsuit, Roginsky alleges that Suzanne Scott, along with others, tried to recruit Fox News employees and contributors to retaliate against Gretchen Carlson by publicly disparaging her.
Gretchen Carlson, of course, is the former Fox News anchor who was one of the first to speak out about sexual harassment in the workplace at Fox.
In addition, Andrea Tantaros’ lawsuit filed against the Fox News channel names Scott as a co-defendant. This was the lawsuit which says that Fox News operated a “sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny.”
5. Many Inside Fox Are Reportedly Not Happy With the Promotion
Those inside Fox News are reportedly not happy with Suzanne Scott being promoted to president of programming.
David Folkenflik, journalist with NPR, reports that some women at Fox News are “reacting viscerally” against the idea of Suzanne Scott being named president of programming.
Folkenflik also quotes one current Fox employee who says that Scott is “worse than Shine,” with an ex-employee adding that she is “a nightmare” who is “just as bad as the rest.”