Fox News had an amazing political season leading up to our stellar performance on election night. We averaged 7 million viewers and put together comprehensive coverage throughout the day. Your work helped make this possible and you should be proud of your role in this amazing feat.
In this business we always have to be moving forward and now that the midterms are behind us we start to focus on our next major goal 2012. It promises to be another amazing campaign to see who will reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and a renewed battle for control of Congress. There are a lot of landmarks along the way and we will focus on each one that comes along.
Some of the challenges will be the stories we cover others come as we continue to change the way Fox News operates. We are already beginning the process of rebuilding our Master Control Center to upgrade it making possible the transition to a tapeless newsroom.
Now is a good time to start putting in place all the resources and people to make the 2012 season just as great.
I am pleased to announce today that with this goal in mind we are making some changes at the manager level here in DC. These changes will put the right people in the right jobs working toward success in 2012.
I want to announce Doug Rohrbeck has been promoted to Executive Producer of Special Report with Bret Baier. Doug's dedication and creativity helps lead a team that puts Bret in the best possible position each day to continue to grow their audience.
Dave Shott has done a great job leading our newsroom team since Cherie moved into the role of political director. Now I am asking Dave to again take on the task of managing our Special Events coverage and participation in the pool.
Catherine Loper will lead our newsroom team. Catherine will bring her leadership to the newsroom and work with me to make sure we continue to train people to be ready for covering general news, breaking news and to go out on the campaign trail.
I am pleased to announce that Anita Siegfriedt is now Senior Producer of the White House Unit. She will be responsible for the daily operation of our team at the White house as we gear up for a 2012 campaign that has already begun.
Finally, as noted yesterday, Peter Doocy will join our team next month as a DC based reporter. We look forward to Peter being part of the DC team so please make sure and reach out to Peter and welcome him.
I am sure we will have more changes as the new team gets into place and begin to evaluate where each unit needs to go.
Again, thanks for all the hard work you have put in now the next chapter begins!