Fox News unveiled its new newsroom and studio on Monday. The new newsroom is on the second floor, replacing the basement newsroom, and boasts 7,600 square feet of multiple data walls, robotically-operated cameras, and seventy-two displays.
Bill Hemmer unveiled the redesigned floor during America’s Newsroom on Monday. Viewers watched as Warren Vandeveer, senior vice president of technical operations and engineering, cut the ceremonial ribbon, joined by president of news Jay Wallace, president of programming Suzanne Scott, and co-president Jack Abernethy.
The new newsroom brings together Fox News’s full journalistic resources for digital and television as the news organization moves to increase its digital presence. “I think this is about being number one in all phases of the game,” Wallace said. “We’re really bringing digital into the rest of what we do and that’s what reimagining this workspace is about, collaboration.”
The new studio, Studio N, can be used for full programs or shorter live shots, however no shows are currently planned for the studio.
In a memo to staff, chairman Rupert Murdoch called the newsroom “easily the most modern, state-of-the-art news gathering space in the industry.”
Hemmer also singled out Murdoch for praise on-the-air, stating, “This is a new chapter for the FOX News Channel. None of its impossible without our chairman Rupert Murdoch – this was his vision.”
Read Murdoch’s full statement:
Today, I am proud to announce the opening of our new world-class newsroom — easily the most modern, state-of-the-art news gathering space in the industry. With access to a customizable media ribbon featuring 72 display regions, robotic cameras, a sleek new studio and multiple data walls all laid out in a bright, open and collaborative 7,600 square foot area, our journalists will now have the most advanced technology to continue delivering exceptional reporting for decades to come.
I encourage all of you to come by this week and take a look at the re-creation of the second floor and the superior design elements throughout. While phase one has just been completed, phase two isn’t far behind. And this is just the beginning of many changes we have planned to ensure we are providing top-notch workspaces for all employees.
Today’s debut is another example of the network’s long-term commitment to excellence in journalism — we take tremendous pride in the hard work of all of our journalists who will house this newsroom amid relentless 24/7 news cycles.
Welcome to the future of FOX News.
Additional photos of the studio/newsroom:
Unveiling clip from America’s Newsroom.