Fox News Names Finley EVP Of News Development
John Finley today was named EVP of development at Fox News Channel and will oversee Fox Nation, (FBN). In this role, Finley will continue developing all new programs, series and documentaries for Fox News and will now run Fox Nation, reporting directly to Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News and Fox Business Network .
Finley has developed all of Fox Nation’s short- and long-form programming and was instrumental in the 2018 launch of the direct-to-consumer platform designed to target the network’s most passionate and loyal super fans. The standalone streaming service now offers more than 600 hours of content ranging from historical documentaries to political and lifestyle series.
In his former role as SVP of development and production, Finley oversaw the latter group which will now be run by Scott Wilder, who has been named VP of field and production operations. Wilder will report to COO of Fox Television Stations and FNC SVPof news operations, Sharri Berg.
Finley has spent the last 19 years of his career at Fox News where he began as an executive producer. Most recently, he oversaw the development of several FNC series, including The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton and Life Liberty & Levin, and the acclaimed documentary The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden. Additionally, he was involved in the development and planning of all the network’s presidential debates during the 2016 election cycle as well as the senatorial and gubernatorial election town halls co-anchored by Special Report’s Bret Baier and The Story’s Martha MacCallum.
Previously, he was director of development where he helped create some of the network’s core daytime and primetime programming, including Hannity, The Five, Outnumbered, and The Greg Gutfeld Show. Prior to that, he was an executive producer for Hannity & Colmes and Hannity’s America.
Finley is a graduate of the University of Virginia and earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.