In view of the massive election night coverage next week, the network said “we are going to further reduce some of the workforce in our buildings” out of prudence.
The network “will operate virtually whenever possible” this week, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and Chairman Jay Wallace said in a memo to staff members Monday morning. This means that more shows will be hosted in Fox’s on-air talent home studios.
Fox and other media have taken precautions in the face of a new outbreak of coronavirus infections and the general feeling that members of the press staff must be in good health and ready to anchor coverage of the vote count that may continue. for several days next week.
On election night, “only those employees who are essential to that night’s production will be allowed to work” at the network’s headquarters in New York City, Monday’s note said.
The private flight was chartered by Fox to bring presidential debate staff back to Nashville last Thursday. “The Five” co-hosts Dana Perino and Juan Williams were also on board the flight, according to The Times.
The Fox stars who were on the plane “should for the moment host their shows from home,” the newspaper said.
Some Fox personalities already had home studios before the pandemic; the network installed dozens more in March, when work-from-home measures were instituted in an attempt to slow the spread of the disease. Over the past several months, the network’s programming has been a mix of studio and home production.
A source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN Business that a Fox employee tested positive for Covid-19 after the flight from Nashville to Washington.
But the network does not confirm or comment on the Times report, citing the confidentiality of employee health records.