Tuesday, Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt was let go as the company looks to restructure itself going into the Biden Presidency, according to a report.
Per 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. […] 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.
Along with Stirewalt, there’s an additional 20 other Fox News employees that have also been affected by this company revamp.
“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 told THR. “We are confident these changes will ensure the platform continues to deliver breakthrough reporting and insightful analysis surrounding major issues, both stateside and abroad.”
The news network claims the layoffs are merely part of a “restructuring” phase. However a dozen current and recently departed Fox News employees who spoke with The Daily Beast all said the “purge”—as a few referred to it—was part of the network’s effort to pivot the company into a new direction.
Fox News would not comment on whether or not Stirewalt was let go.
Last week Fox News dropped to third place among cable news channels. CNN finished first with close to 2.8 million viewers daily from January 4th to Sunday and 4.2 million in primetime, while MSNBC scored 2.3 million daily and 3.8 million during primetime. Fox News garnered 1.7 million daily and 3.2 million for primetime.