Fox News primetime line up gets even stronger.
When Drudge first teased that Megyn Kelly was getting the 9 p.m. slot, we had a reader poll as to what we wanted to see happen.
The result was a clear vote in favor of moving Hannity to 10 p.m., Greta to 7 p.m. and Shep Smith out of primetime:
Not long ago it was confirmed that Shep Smith was taking on a new “breaking newsroom” role at Fox, and now the rest of the puzzle is clear, via Mediaite:
After months of speculation, Fox News has finally announced its official new primetime lineup. Starting Monday, October 7th, Fox’s primetime hours will be entirely re-jiggered, with the exception of Bill O’Reilly staying planted at 8 p.m. ET.
As previously reported, Megyn Kelly will be moving to the 9 p.m. ET slot with her new show, The Kelly File. That slot’s former host, Sean Hannity, will move his eponymous show to the 10 p.m. slot, currently occupied by Greta Van Susteren.
Just as we’ve speculated before, Van Susteren will in turn move her signature show, On the Record, to the 7 p.m. slot currently occupied by Shepard Smith, who is vacating that spot to focus on his new “Fox News Deck” breaking news desk.
Of her earlier time slot, Van Susteren said: “After 11 ½ years number one at 10pm and driving home near midnight, I am ‘to the moon thrilled’ at a new challenge (and a new drive! Half the year I won’t even need headlights!).”
Hannity said of his new time-slot: “I am very happy to be moving to 10PM. The ability to be live or on tape greatly increases the flexibility of the show and offers me, after 17 years, the opportunity to be home at night with my family.”
Did the readers call it? Or cause it? Fox News surely knew that it didn’t want to lose it key ideological leader, Hannity, and it’s best evaluative reporter, Greta.
This is win win.
And the story remains the same: Media Matters: Be afraid of Megyn Kelly, be very afraid.DONATE
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