LOS ANGELES -- Van Gordon Sauter, who has been out of the news business since leaving CBS in 1986, was named president of Fox News yesterday and given the mandate to create a national news operation for the fourth network.
"His credentials and experience at both the network and station levels make him the best choice to. . . create a successful national news operation for Fox Broadcasting and its affiliates," said Rupert Murdoch, chief executive officer of Fox Inc.
Sauter had been at CBS 18 years in positions ranging from Paris bureau chief to president of CBS News. He presided over the downsizing of the news division before being forced out himself.
Sauter has been teaching journalism at the University of California at Berkeley and reviewing TV for the trade paper Variety.