Adweek’s Annual Hot List Is Out, and Fox News Is ‘Hottest News Network’

By A.J. Katz 

Adweek’s annual Hot List issue is out today, honoring digital, publishing and TV people and brands that are making a mark in the crowded media space.

The publication honored Fox News Channel Hottest News Network for 2019.

Why? One reason: Fox News is on track to be the most-watched network on basic cable for the fourth consecutive year, and it will likely hit a new high in advertising sales during fiscal year 2019-2020.


“As the number one network in news and all of cable, we are incredibly proud of the entire Fox News team and the extraordinarily powerful brand we have built for our audience on all platforms over the last 23 years,” Fox News Media chief executive Suzanne Scott told Adweek.

You can count Pres. Trump among the millions of Americans who tune in to the network’s news and opinion programming religiously. Too religiously, some critics will say.

Fox News is now being tasked with having to replace the face of its news operation, Shepard Smith, who shocked the media industry (including a ton of colleagues) by departing the network earlier this month. Smith will be very difficult to replace, but the network thinks it has the personnel to do it.

And in case you’re intrigued, here are the other 2019 TV Hot List honorees, headlined by this year’s Media Visionaries: The executive producers of Friends —David Crane, Marta Kauffman and Kevin Bright.