Abernethy, Swanson To Focus On Fox’s News Product

By Brian 

Dennis Swanson, the new president of the Fox Television Stations, likes a challenge, “and this is a challenge,” he tells Broadcasting & Cable.

“Off the bat, [Jack] Abernethy and Swanson will focus on Fox’s news product. ‘The only way for us to stay strong in the long run is to make sure our local newscasts are No. 1 or No. 2 in their market, and develop national news and information programming,’ says Abernethy.

He and Swanson want a mid-morning syndicated show and eventually a national evening newscast, and will look beyond television for growth opportunities. ‘We also have to get into the Internet and wireless businesses,’ says Swanson.”