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Suzanne Scott’s Vision for Fox News Gets Tested in Court


The Murdochs, nonetheless, have forced to make hard decisions about even their most favored chief executives when scandal overwhelms. In 2010, Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of Fox Corporation, reluctantly pushed out Rebekah Brooks, who ran his British newspapers and was a detailed protégé, amid a police investigation into phone hacking by journalists who worked for her.

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Ms. Scott maintains a way more discreet profile than her predecessor, Roger Ailes, a whisperer to Republican presidents who cultivated a Svengali-like image within the media before quite a few accusations of sexual harassment led to his downfall.

She grew up in Northern Latest Jersey, where she lives today along with her husband and teenage daughter. Her first job for Fox was as an assistant to one among Mr. Ailes’s top deputies. Her first big promotion was to a senior producer position on Greta Van Susteren’s show. She would go on to oversee network talent, after which programming.

Colleagues say she pays careful attention to what’s on Fox, often watching from her office with the pontificate and sometimes offering advice to producers and hosts on how sets could look higher, outfits sharper and guests may very well be more compelling.

Under her direction, Fox News has maintained not only one among the largest audiences in cable but in all of television, occasionally drawing more viewers than traditional broadcast networks like ABC. And Fox News collects far higher ad rates than its competitors — a mean of virtually $9,000 for a 30-second business in prime time, compared with about $6,200 for CNN and $5,300 for MSNBC, in response to the Standard Media Index, an independent research firm. (The author of this text is an MSNBC contributor.)

As chief executive, Ms. Scott has adopted a mostly deferential view of coping with talent, current and former hosts said.

Mr. Ailes believed that no host should ever assume they were larger than the network — or him. In 2010, for example, after Mr. Hannity made plans to broadcast his show from a Tea Party rally in Cincinnati where organizers had billed him because the star attraction, Mr. Ailes ordered the host to scrap his plans and return to Latest York, threatening to “put a chimpanzee on the air” if he didn’t make it back in time, recalled one former Fox worker.

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