Clemente, who was recently assigned to supervise long-form specials, is leaving as the network focuses more intently on breaking news and election-related programming in the near future, according to people familiar with the situation. His departure is not related to recent sexual-harassment charges that were recently leveled at former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, or an internal review set up by Fox News’ parent to explore them.
Ailes stepped down from his post at the network last week. Recent press reports have also suggested that employees have had to deal with a culture that tolerates instances of harassment, even as the network’s parent company has made a point of saying it does not condone such behavior.
A Fox News spokesperson confirmed Clemente had left.
Clemente joined Fox News in 2009 as its senior vice president of news editorial after a stint of 27 years at ABC News, where he served as Peter Jennings’ producer, among other functions. He had been responsible for all of Fox News’ news operations and its breaking coverage. That changed in April, when Jay Wallace was given oversight of the network’s news operations while Clemente was dispatched to run the long-form content unit. The move was widely seen as a demotion for Clemente and an elevation for Wallace.
Peter Boyer, a Fox News editor at large who had been assigned to work with Clemente, is also leaving the network as part of the move, these people said.