The White House Correspondents’ Association on Sunday announced that Fox News will get a coveted front-row seat in the White House briefing room.

The Associated Press will take Helen Thomas’ old seat, while Fox News will now occupy AP’s former seat. NPR and Bloomberg also applied for the position.

“It was a very difficult decision,” the White House Correspondents’ Association said in a statement. “The board received requests from Bloomberg and NPR in addition to Fox for relocation to the front row and felt all three made compelling cases. But the board ultimately was persuaded by Fox’s length of service and commitment to the White House television pool.”

Fox News’ vice president of news and Washington managing editor Bill Sammon said in a statement: “We are pleased with the decision of the White House Correspondents’ Association and look forward to working with our colleagues in the front row and the rest of the James S. Brady briefing room.”

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