Bret Baier Delivers Emotional Tribute After Longtime Fox News Figure Passes Away

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In a time when many of all ages are dying from heart attacks and strokes, each loss is deeply felt by everyone who has known each individual. Last week, the passing of one in the news media was acknowledged by his peer on air, and by the network as well, and the death of a longtime senior vice president at Fox News has saddened the staff at that outlet. Senior Vice President of News & Politics Alan Komissaroff, tragically passed away at the age of 47, dying last week from a heart attack at his home.

Network executives noted the sad loss, and remembered Komissaroff:

“This is an extremely difficult day for all of us who worked closely with Alan, and we are completely heartbroken,” said CEO Suzanne Scott. “Alan was a leader and mentor throughout FOX News Media who was integral to our daily news operations and played an indispensable role in every election cycle. The recent midterm election coverage was easily one of the finest nights of special coverage he produced throughout his career. And he was the ultimate producer: breaking news, politics, special events — there was no steadier or more trusted colleague to be within the control room during the most consequential events of our time, and his incisiveness and passion for news made our work better,” Scott’s statement, along with network President Jay Wallace, added.

“He would joke that he was a guy from ‘real Brooklyn’ and rose through the ranks to become a writer, producer, showrunner, and eventually Senior Vice President of News & Politics, overseeing all political coverage,” Scott and Wallace added. “His sharp sense of humor and quick wit throughout his incredible career also led to the many lifelong friendships he made here.”

“Our deepest condolences are with them and Alan’s entire extended family as we collectively mourn the loss of a wonderful man,” Scott and Wallace wrote.

During a segment on his program “Special Report,” anchor Bret Baier paid tribute to Baier and said Komissaroff had been with Fox News since 1996, before its official launch. He leaves behind his wife Rachael, and his children Ben, 17, and Olivia, 13.

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Other peers at Fox News also remembered the beloved coworker and his family.

“Missing our Senior Vice President of News tonight, Alan Komissaroff. He has passed away at the young age of 47. Praying deeply that his wife Rachael and their beautiful children will feel overflowing love and support,” Fox News host Harris Faulkner added.

A GoFundMe has been set up for the family.

The man behind the scenes had a powerful impact on the success of Fox News. The high-ranking network has continually climbed up in the ratings, consistently having the top-rated shows and effectively leaving other networks in the dust as far as ratings are concerned. Conservative Brief reflected on Komissaroff’s dedication to the network and his strategies that helped the news network in its success.

Komissaroff spoke to Adweek in 2020 about how he approached Election Night coverage, Fox News reported. “Election night is our Super Bowl, so we try to outdo ourselves every cycle,” he said.

Scott, along with Wallace and Komissaroff, managed to build the most powerful cable news operation in the country over the span of the late senior VP’s career. In December, for instance, Baier came in second place in total viewers and the key 25-54 age demographic, but he only ‘lost’ out to another Fox News program. “Baier scored 1.87 million total viewers, just behind top-rated The Five, which brought in 2.6 million total viewers on Wednesday. In the demo, Baier brought in 223,000 viewers, while The Five topped the charts with 256,000 demo viewers. As for network ratings, it is not close with Fox News dominating CNN and MSNBC,” Mediaite reported.

Fox News had 1.27 million total viewers as opposed to CNN with 485,000 and MSNBC with 848,000. And in the 25 – 54 demographic Fox News scored 163,000, far ahead of CNN with 94,000 and MSNBC with 83,000.

Fox News continues to climb even now. In October, the network continued its cable news dominance. “Fox News’ lowest-rated show in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 age demographic nearly doubled MSNBC’s highest-rated show in the demo on Tuesday,” Mediaite reported. “Fox News not only swept the demo across all time slots, its lowest-rated show still outperformed CNN and MSNBC’s highest-rated program by a wide margin. Fox’s America Reports at 2 p.m. was its lowest performer in the demo, bringing in 221,000 viewers.”

“CNN’s top-rated show in the demo, meanwhile, was Erin Burnett’s OutFront — bringing in 147,000 demo viewers. MSNBC’s top-rated show was its 9 p.m. MSNBC Prime, which brought in 116,000 demo viewers, a little more than half of America Reports’ 221,000,” the report added.

The addition of Alan Komissaroff to the many of all ages who have succumbed to heart attacks in the past months obviously saddens all who worked with him and respected him at Fox News.

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