Fox Information shuffles daytime lineup; CNN makes adjustments

Fox Information Channel has dramatically reshuffled its daytime lineup and is including a brand new opinion hour at 7 p.m. Jap

By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Author

January 11, 2021, 8:31 PM

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NEW YORK — Fox Information Channel is shuffling its daytime lineup and including a brand new hourlong opinion present at 7 p.m. Jap to switch that hour’s present anchor, Martha MacCallum.

Each Fox and CNN introduced lineup adjustments Monday, as is usually the case for information organizations with a brand new president about to take energy. CNN’s Jake Tapper and Fox’s John Roberts are amongst these taking up new roles.

Beginning subsequent Monday, Fox’s 7 p.m. hour will likely be led by a rotating group of opinion hosts, with a everlasting host to be named later. For years, first with Shepard Smith after which with MacCallum, Fox has harassed information as an alternative of opinion in that hour.

But MacCallum, who had been comfortably forward within the rankings, has slipped behind each MSNBC and CNN at 7 p.m. because the election, the Nielsen firm mentioned. That is additionally when Newsmax has seen its biggest success with a strongly pro-Trump present hosted by Greg Kelly.

In reality, Newsmax issued a press release that its improved daytime and seven p.m. rankings because the election has triggered adjustments at Fox.

“The Fox is on the run,” Newsmax mentioned.

Fox denied that Newsmax had something to do with its strikes, and pointed to a quote from an October article that mentioned schedule adjustments had been being thought of. Whereas Newsmax has sharply elevated its viewers because the election, with viewers spurred on by President Donald Trump, Fox routinely has greater than triple Newsmax’s viewers.

“Chris Ruddy is irrelevant,” Fox mentioned in a press release, referencing Newsmax’s CEO.

Nonetheless, there’s been a dramatic change in Fox’s daytime place.

Through the first three months of 2020, Fox’s common of two.1 million viewers throughout the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekday hours was primarily equal to CNN and MSNBC mixed, Nielsen mentioned. For the reason that election, CNN has averaged 1.92 million viewers in these daytime hours, with Fox and MSNBC each at 1.53 million.

Roberts, Fox’s White Home correspondent throughout the Trump administration, will co-anchor a each day information present from 1 to three p.m. Jap, with Sandra Smith beginning Monday, Fox mentioned. Invoice Hemmer is shifting again to mornings, co-hosting a two-hour “America’s Newsroom” with Dana Perino at 9 a.m.

MacCallum is taking on the three p.m. Jap hour from Hemmer, whereas Harris Faulkner’s each day hour shifts from 1 p.m. to 11 a.m. and adjustments its title to “The Faulkner Focus.”

At CNN, Tapper’s each day information present will improve an hour, working from 4 p.m. to six p.m. Jap, taking an hour from Wolf Blitzer’s “State of affairs Room.” Tapper will even be CNN’s lead anchor for all Washington-based occasions, the community mentioned.

Tapper will maintain his Sunday “State of the Union” present however time-share with new co-anchor Dana Bash. Each will anchor two Sundays a month.

Abby Phillip, a rising star at CNN, will host the Sunday morning present “Inside Politics” and has been named senior political correspondent. John King will proceed to host “Inside Politics” on weekdays.

Jim Acosta, who turned well-known for his run-ins with Trump on the White Home, is shifting off that beat with the incoming Biden administration. He’ll grow to be a weekend anchor and chief home correspondent. Kaitlan Collins is changing him as head of the White Home workforce.

CNN says Pamela Brown will anchor a three-hour information program every Saturday and Sunday night.

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