Michael Clemente, a onetime Fox News executive vice president has been let go from the network, TVNewser has learned.
Clemente is the first high-profile executive to be dismissed following Roger Ailes‘s resignation last Thursday, but insiders say his dismissal was not tied to last week’s moves, when Ailes departed and 21st Century Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch named himself interim chairman.
Until April of this year, Clemente was EVP of News Editorial. He was moved to a specials/longform unit and was replaced by Jay Wallace, a longtime Fox Newser who started his career on Shepard Smith‘s show. Bill Shine, who is Senior of programming, remains the internal frontrunner to oversee the channel when Murdoch steps back.
Clemente joined Fox News from ABC News in 2009.
We’re told Clemente’s number two in the specials division, Peter Boyer, was also let go. Boyer joined FNC in 2012 editor-at-large. Boyer joined from Newsweek/The Daily Beast and had spent 18 years at The New Yorker.
Fox News will be scaling back its longform programming during the election.