Fox News Channel’s multimillion dollar investment in a new newsroom and studio space is about more than a modernization of its news operation. “It was a fresh start,” said Warren Vandeveer, evp of technical operations and engineering, who is overseeing the multiphase project. The revamp comes after two years of serious internal challenges including lawsuits over workplace sexual harassment and racial discrimination.
Since its inception in 1996, most Fox News producers, editors and reporters worked out of a dark, basement newsroom in the News Corp. building in Midtown Manhattan. Now, a centralized newsroom combines Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network as well as radio, local news service and digital content side by side in a light-filled second floor space.
Construction began in July 2017 and will be completed in four phases, all of it made possible by Adweek Power List honoree, 21st Century Fox executive chairman Rupert Murdoch, as well as honoree Suzanne Scott, who, as CEO of Fox News, runs day-to-day operations.
Here, Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer gives us a tour of the “new” Fox News as Vandeveer and Peter Blangiforti, svp of broadcast and media technology, tell us what it took to accomplish the massive makeover. “I think it is a real morale booster,” says Blangiforti of the new “state of the art” space.