The waiting is over for Fox News aficionados as the news network has released its widely-anticipated lineup of their conservative talkers’ television programs, according to a report in the Huffington Post on Tuesday.
The changes include the oft-times predicted input of Megyn Kelley in the coveted 9:00 p.m. hour which replaces Sean Hannity’s program at that hour. With Megyn Kelley’s “The Kelly File” – as it will be called in that hour, Sean Hannity’s show moves to 10:00 p.m., following Kelly’s show.
As Hannity takes Greta Van Susteren’s former 10:00 p.m. slot, Van Susteren moves back three hours to 7:00 p.m. which was previously the Shep Smith program.
Overall, every host at Fox will have a new time slot on the channel except their top rated performer, Bill O’Reilly who will remain at the 8:00 p.m. hour with his “O’Reilly Factor” program.
Reportedly, the changes are the biggest set of changes at Fox News in at least a decade. The changes are allegedly due to Fox’s desire to give Kelly - who has ascended in popularity at Fox in recent years – a more visible spot in the lineup. Kelly’s show, according to a Fox News press release is the newest edition to the line-up which will be a program that will focus on late-breaking stories in a live format as well as in-depth investigative reports interspersed with newsmaker interviews.
While Fox News has held onto its overall high ratings, it has lost viewers in the much-desired 25-to-54 age-ranged viewers – which is a segment of the viewing public that are of most importance when considering where advertisers will spend their money. Fox News is reportedly hoping that Kelly will turn that viewership fact around for them.