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Jay Wallace to oversee editorial content at Fox News

Jay Wallace to oversee editorial content at Fox News
Jay Wallace, who has been with Fox News since it launched in 1996, is now in charge of its editorial operations. (Fox News)

Fox News veteran Jay Wallace has been put in charge of editorial content at the division.

Wallace, who has been with Fox News Channel since its launch 20 years ago, is replacing Michael Clemente, who will now head a newly created unit dedicated to specials at the channel.

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Wallace had served as senior vice president of news and politics, handling programming and news coverage that originated from Fox News headquarters in New York. In his new role as executive vice president of news and editorial, he will manage all Fox News political coverage, debates and town halls. He will also oversee all news gathering and programming outside of Fox News Channel's prime time lineup.

"Jay's television journalism acumen has played a major role in the success of Fox News throughout his nearly 20 years here and his leadership during the current election season has especially stood out," Fox News Chairman and Chief Executive Roger Ailes said in a statement announcing the executive changes. "He's both liked and respected throughout the newsroom and I'm certain he'll excel in this position."

Clemente joined Fox News in 2009 after 27 years at ABC News, where he was a senior producer at "20/20" and "World News Tonight."

"Michael's wide-ranging broadcast background is perfect for this position — I'm confident that his extensive experience in long-form producing will result in development and execution of high-quality specials," said Ailes.

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