Report: Top Fox News PR Exec Lewis Departs

Fox News’s top PR guy Brian Lewis is no longer with the organization he helped launch, according to published reports.

Lewis was escorted from his office two weeks ago and was negotiating a separation according to The Hollywood Reporter, which cited “financial issues and other performance problems” for his departure.

A spokesman for Fox News parent 21st Century Fox had no comment.  An email to Lewis drew an automated “out of the office” reply.  Lewis’ corporate biography was no longer available on the Fox News website.

Lewis has been an advisor to Fox News chairman Roger Ailes since they were both with CNBC. He joined Fox News in April 1996, before the Fox News Channel was launched. He was named executive VP, corporate communications for Fox Television Stations and Fox News in 2006.

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