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Fox News Executive Vice President of News and Editorial Jay Wallace announced on Thursday that Tom Lowell, executive producer of The Kelly File, will now serve as the network’s Vice President and Managing Editor of News.

Wallace said in a statement:

“Tom’s skillful producing and managing of The Kelly File has been a tremendous asset to our primetime programming. With more than two decades of experience in journalism, that expertise will now play a pivotal role in bringing together all of our news operations as we design and build our new newsroom.”

According to Mediaite, Lowell will start at his new position on January 1, and a replacement on The Kelly File will be named sometime in 2017.

MRC Blog reported that Lowell helped launch The Kelly File when it debuted in 2013. Before that, he spent three years serving as the executive producer on America Live with Megyn Kelly. In 2007, he launched America’s Newsroom, which also starred Kelly.

Lowell released his own statement, as well:

“There are so many great things coming together that will help us ramp up our breaking news advantage, as well as our original reporting. I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with our great management team and talented staff to deliver even more improvements to America’s most trusted and watched news organization.”

Lowell’s decision to distance himself from Megyn Kelly and her show adds credence to rumors that she has become increasingly difficult to work with in recent months and is considering switching networks.

The fact that Fox has decided to prolong naming his replacement until “sometime in 2017,” may mean that the network is waiting for Kelly to make her final decision about renewing her contract before any major decisions are made surrounding her program.

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