Fox News Digital is doing major restructuring, and plans to lay off at least 20 employees from its Decision Desk HQ.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
“Fox News Digital is laying off staff, as a continuation of restructuring plans the company first announced last fall. The new cuts also reflect a news cycle that may be less intense in the aftermath of the election, and with Joe Biden set to take office tomorrow.
“ ‘As we conclude the 2020 election cycle, Fox News Digital has realigned its business and reporting structure to meet the demands of this new era,’ a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. ‘We are confident these changes will ensure the platform continues to deliver breakthrough reporting and insightful analysis surrounding major issues, both stateside and abroad.’ ”
Chris Stirewalt, who has been a long time fixture on Fox News and part of Decision Desk HQ was among those staffers axed amid the restructing:
“Among those let go Tuesday was Chris Stirewalt, the politics editor for Fox News. A 10-year veteran of the company, Stirewalt was also a key member of the Fox News decision desk, which drew the ire of President Trump after becoming the first network to call Arizona for Biden.”
BREAKING –> Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt was laid off today alongside just under 20 Fox News staffers. Stirewalt sat on the Fox News decision desk, which has come under fire for its early call on Arizona election night. Story forthcoming…
— Sarah Ellison (@sarahellison) January 19, 2021
Those cheering the Stirewalt firing, Washington Post “conservative” columnist Jen Rubin:
He also is not a Trump cultists… so no more of him!
— Jennifer 'It's time to grow up' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) January 19, 2021
According to reports, part of the Fox News Digital restructuring will include a more inclusive slate, predominantly led by women.