Fox News has been all the news lately with major changes coming to their primetime lineup and rival networks signing some of their top anchors.
Here is a rundown of changes you will see coming to Fox, NBC, and MSNBC.
Megyn Kelly announced on Tuesday, January 3rd, that she would be leaving Fox News, her employer for the vast majority of her television career, and moving to NBC next week.
Kelly has quickly risen through the ranks of Fox, earning her own primetime show in 2013. The Kelly File, which aired every weeknight at 9 p.m., hosted nail biting interviews with a wide variety of individuals ranging from Bill Ayers, the infamous domestic terrorist, to a multi-series of interviews with members of the Duggar family following the Josh Duggar scandal. The interviews, along with the many other segments of The Kelly File, demonstrated her willingness to ask the hard questions no matter how uncomfortable they may be.
Her show quickly rose in popularity becoming the second most watched cable show on television and the number one news show on all of cable TV. Kelly will host a daytime show on NBC as well as a weekend broadcast. She will also take on leading rolls during NBC’s special event coverage.
Megyn Kelly is not the only anchor to leave Fox News in the past few months. Greta Van Susteren of “On The Record” was suddenly yanked from Fox’s primetime lineup and stripped of her show after she asked for a re-negotiation of her contract following the resignation of former Fox mastermind Roger Ailes.
Van Susteren had been looking to leave the network after negotiations failed, but was hoping to continue her show until plans were made for a smooth transition. Fox had different plans. On January 6th, just two days after the announcement of Megyn Kelly’s move, MSNBC announced that Greta Van Susteren would be joining their team as host of a new evening show called “For The Record With Greta.” Her new primetime show will air on Monday, January 9th at 6 p.m.
Introduce yourself to Tucker Carlson. The conservative journalist and founder of The Daily Caller officially took over Van Susteren’s open time slot with a new show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” immediately following Greta’s departure three months ago, but will now move his show to Kelly’s former 9 p.m. time slot. A new face to primetime, Tucker’s show has received strong ratings in its short three month run, and Fox is optimistic that his ratings will remain strong as he moves to 9 p.m.
Following Carlson’s move from Greta’s old slot to Kelly’s 9 p.m. show, Martha MacCallum will fill in the 7 p.m. slot with a special temporary show covering the first 100 days of the Donald Trump presidency. It is unclear what will happen to MacCallum, current co-anchor of Fox’s morning show, “America Newsroom,” after the first 100 days of Trump’s administration.
This will be a real test for Fox News. For the first time in the network’s history, there will be an all-male primetime lineup from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. The results of this massive shift are unsure, but one thing is definite, the NBC organization has hired two of the best news anchors on cable television. Will both channels be able to turn this huge game of musical chairs into a boost in their ratings? Only time will tell.