Fox News Announces Plans For New, Centralized Newsroom

By A.J. Katz 

Fox News announced today that it will unveil a new, centralized newsroom in early 2018. The network’s current newsroom has been located in the basement of Fox News headquarters for 20 years, but the future newsroom will be located on the 2nd floor, and will consist of a new, open concept floorplan which will bring the programming, news and digital teams together in one massive space. The design will incorporate newsgathering resources as the network moves forward with plans to hire new journalists and content creators to “broaden the scope and depth of reporting across all platforms.”

21st Century Fox executive chairman Rupert Murdoch made the announcement today during this morning’s company-wide meeting, the first of two company-wide meetings being held today at the new Studio F.

“Today we are unveiling the physical transformation of our newsroom and the Fox News offices at our Headquarters in New York,” Murdoch said in a statement. “It will be state of the art and open, befitting the most important media outlet in America. This is a major investment in the future of Fox News and a sign of my unwavering confidence.”

The network’s new programming president Suzanne Scott added, “When we met with the designers, we relayed the need to create a cohesive space that reflected a modern newsroom in this new era of information. We are committed to ensuring the entire team here has all the necessary resources to continue keeping us ahead of the competition as we invest in the future of Fox News.”

The network’s new president of news Jay Wallace said, “The overall objective of this design is to increase collaboration and strengthen our depth of reporting across all platforms. To that end, we are hiring new journalists and content creators as we expand our newsgathering unit and enhance our digital footprint.”

An expanded studio will also be incorporated into the new space, which will allow reporters easier access to multiple cameras during breaking news situations. The newsroom will feature large data screens and a video ribbon enabling a constant delivery of information. Construction will begin on July 1 and be completed in four phases.