30 Most Impactful TV Newsers of the Past 15 Years: Suzanne Scott

By A.J. Katz 

To mark the 15th anniversary of TVNewser this month, Adweek honored the 30 Most Impactful TV Newsers of the Past 15 Years, spotlighting the personalities and execs who were instrumental in the industry’s incredible decade-and-a-half evolution. TVNewser will be presenting expanded versions of each honoree’s interview

Suzanne Scott:

  • Job now: Chief executive officer, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network
  • Job 15 years ago: Senior producer, On the Record With Greta Van Susteren, Fox News

Adweek: What were you doing 15 years ago (in January 2004)?
Scott: I was the senior producer of On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, worked around the clock and loved it. One of our big stories around this time was Laci Peterson and prepping for the murder trial of her husband Scott Peterson.

What’s your favorite professional moment of the past 15 years, and why?
Working with our incredible team here these last two years. We have been through great change and we have been able to create new initiatives, new programs and drive all of our platforms forward. It’s a new Fox News.

What is the biggest way that TV news has changed over the past 15 years? 
The audience can watch us whenever, wherever they want on their platform of choice.

Who have you learned the most from in your career? What did they teach you?
[Former Fox News head of programming] Chet Collier…he taught me everything I know about talent, programming, managing a crisis and dogs!

Which of your competitors do you most admire, and why?
Nancy Dubuc, CEO of Vice Media. She is a tremendous executive role model, embraces change and has great taste in what works.

What do you know now about the business that you didn’t know 15 years ago?
I know much more about EBITDA than I did 15 years ago!

What has been your toughest professional challenge during the past 15 years, and how did you overcome it?
The non-stop 24/7 news cycle. I try to overcome it by making good use of my time.