Once, that wouldn’t have been cause for mention. The Fox News Channel host has always mixed it up with guests, usually, like Frank, from the liberal side of the political aisle. Yet since he was accused of inflating his war-reporting credentials, the sight of such naysayers within the host’s “no-spin zone” has seemingly grown more rare.
Fox News may be privately celebrating that it’s weathered the allegations against O’Reilly, whose program has marched on without a hitch. The host himself has been vigorous not only in defending himself (despite a few clarifications) but also eager to call out his critics, such as retaliatory broadsides celebrating the collapse of MSNBC. He has also derived satisfaction from touting his ratings success.
But executives really just want audience members to stick around for the news.
“It needs to be a news show first and foremost,” said Jay Wallace, the network’s senior vice president for news. “We needed to have a show that would be nimble enough to deal with the news, having journalism at the heart of this.”
Even so, it’s hard not to look closely at the way “Outnumbered” is packaged. The show is unlike anything else on the cable-news daytime schedule. At the same hour, MSNBC features veteran correspondent Andrea Mitchell at noon while CNN offers “Legal View” with Ashleigh Banfield.
The hourlong program will debut April 28 at noon Eastern Time. As part of the show’s premiere, the daytime program “Happening Now,” co-anchored by Jon Scott and Jenna Lee, will become two one-hour blocks airing weekdays at 11 a.m. Eastern and 1 p.m Eastern. Previously, “Happening Now” ran from 11 to 1 p.m.
Fox News said the dynamic of the gender-weighted panel would result in a “fresh take” on news of the day. During each segment, the panelists will examine the top news of the hour, and deliberate the leading pop culture and relationship issues dominating the headlines that day, the network said in a statement.
” ‘Outnumbered’ combines a distinctive group of Fox talent with unique experiences and insights that will make for compelling news programming,
Starting on Monday, Oct. 7 (all times Eastern), the very popular "On the Record With Greta Van Susteren" moves to 7 p.m.
"After 11 1/2 years number one at 10 p.m," Van Susteren says in a statement, "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!)."
"On the Record" replaces "The Fox Report With Shepard Smith," which is going away -- but Smith isn't. He is scaling back his regular Fnc slots to just 3 p.m., now home to "Studio B With Shepard Smith."
That hour now becomes "Shepard Smith Reporting." In addition, he's taken on a whole new role, as managing editor of
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