In this new capacity, he will oversee all corporate communications and public relations functions for the television and online divisions of Fox Television Stations, as well as the television, radio and online sectors of FOX News, which will encompass the proposed business network if launched. Mr. Lewis will also serve as a Senior Adviser to Mr. Ailes and continue to report directly to him.
In making the announcement, Ailes said, "Brian is one of the best corporate communications professionals in the business. He has met with unparalleled success in helping to build and maintain the integrity of the Fox News brand from its infancy. I look forward to him doing the same for the Stations Group and Twentieth Television with his newly added responsibilities."
Prior to his promotion, Lewis served as the Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications for FOX News since 2000. He was one of the first employees hired by Ailes at Fox, joining the company in April 1996, seven months prior to the launch of FOX News Channel (FNC). As Vice President of Media Relations, Lewis oversaw the public relations strategy for the successful launch and positioning of FNC, which has become the most written about network in television.
Before his tenure at FOX News, he was Vice President, Media Relations and Corporate Communications at CNBC for five years. Lewis joined CNBC after its merger with the Financial News Network (FNN), where he served as Director of Media Relations. Previously, he held senior public relations roles at Rubenstein Associates and Wishner Communications.
A graduate of St. John's University, Lewis also received a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is currently an adjunct professor at the University's Graduate School.
The Fox Television Stations group, one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprises 35 stations in 26 markets, covering nearly 45% of U.S. television homes. This includes five duopolies in the top 10 markets -- New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Washington D.C.-- as well as duopolies in Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Orlando.
FOX News operates FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX News Radio, Fox News Edge and foxnews.com, while producing FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace and The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly for their respective entities. Available in more than 85 million homes, FNC has been the most watched cable news channel in the nation for more than four years and currently presents eleven out of the top twelve programs in cable news.