Megyn Kelly’s show The Kelly File was hit with a major shakeup today after Fox News Executive Vice President of News and Editorial Jay Wallace announced that Tom Lowell, the show’s executive producer, will now serve as the network’s Vice President and Managing Editor of News.
Mediaite reported that Lowell will start at his new position on January 1, and a replacement on The Kelly File will be named sometime in 2017.
Lowell helped launch The Kelly File when it debuted in 2013. Before that, he spent three years serving as the executive producer on America Live with Megyn Kelly. In 2007, he launched America’s Newsroom, which also started Kelly. He was the executive producer of that program as well.
“Tom’s skillful producing and managing of The Kelly File has been a tremendous asset to our primetime programming,” Wallace said in his announcement. “With more than two decades of experience in journalism, that expertise will now play a pivotal role in bringing together all of our news operations as we design and build our new newsroom.”
Lowell also released a statement about the new job.
“There are so many great things coming together that will help us ramp up our breaking news advantage, as well as our original reporting,” he stated. “I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with our great management team and talented staff to deliver even more improvements to America’s most trusted and watched news organization.”
Since Lowell had such a close relationship with Kelly for so long, his move away from her adds some credence to the rumors that she is planning to leave Fox when her contract expires in July. Sources have said that she is in talks with both CNN and ABC, as she hopes to join a more mainstream network.
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