Greta Van Susteren sent a shock wave through the political media world in September when she abruptly left FOX News. Since then, the 7 PM slot which bridges the gap between Special Report and the O’Reilly Factor has been filled by network veteran Brit Hume.
When Hume took over the slot, he made it clear that the arrangement was temporary and that he would depart after the election. Now we know who will take the slot on a permanent basis with a whole new show.
The Wrap reports:
Fox News Names Tucker Carlson to Replace Greta Van Susteren
Tucker Carlson will take over the 7 p.m. ET timeslot formerly occupied by Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Channel.
Brit Hume tweeted the news that has been confirmed by TheWrap. He has been filling in for Van Susteren since she abruptly left the network earlier this year. Carlson’s new show starts Nov. 14.
Van Susteren left the network in September, later explaining that it “has not felt like home to me for a few years.” The former “On the Record” host added, “I took advantage of the clause in my contract which allows me to leave now. The clause had a time limitation, meaning I could not wait.”
The conservative Carlson is considered a favorite of 21st Century Fox executive chairman Rupert Murdoch and the move is a sign that Fox News doesn’t plan to scrap the right-leaning opinion shows that have been successful for the last 20 years in prime time.
Tucker Carlson will be very familiar to FOX News viewers as he already hosts FOX And Friends on the weekends and frequently guest hosts for Sean Hannity.
As a longtime fan of Carlson’s work, I’m looking forward to the new show. Carlson’s blend of conservative and libertarian views combined with his sense of humor should bring him plenty of viewers.
I can tell you from personal experience that Carlson is one of the friendliest and most accessible media figures in the business. A few years back I emailed him because I had a suggestion for his news site the Daily Caller. Less than 24 hours later I was talking to him on the phone.
I’ve also had numerous exchanges with people who write for the Daily Caller and they all say it’s a fun work environment and that Tucker is a great boss.
If you want to learn more about Tucker, check out the video below. It’s an interview he did with Reason TV in 2010 about his politics, the Daily Caller and more:
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