Fox News has confirmed that former “Fox & Friends” co-host Gretchen Carlson will be taking over the 2 PM hour on the network starting Monday. “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson” will be preceded by an of “America’s News HQ,” co-anchored by Bill Hemmer and Alisyn Camerota.
Carlson’s new show “will focus on all current events from general news and crime to politics and investigative reports,” according to a statement from the channel.
“I am thrilled that Roger Ailes has given me the opportunity to host a signature show for Fox that will focus on the real stories of the day,” Carlson said in a statement. “From in-depth interviews to social media interaction live during the show, I look forward to joining viewers in the afternoon for smart and straight-forward talk. Plus, I now get to have breakfast with my kids and maybe even drive them to school! How great is that?”
Carlson’s new show is the latest chess piece being moved on FNC’s game board. Shepard Smith will be giving up his 7 PM show to make room for Greta Van Susteren, but will become the channel’s breaking news anchor. Meanwhile, Megyn Kelly is moving to 9 PM, while Sean Hannity is shifting to 10 PM. In the morning, Elisabeth Hasselbeck replaced Carlson on “Fox & Friends.”
With Camerota moving to weekdays, “Fox & Friends Weekend” will also be looking for a new co-host. We hear that Camerota’s last show will be this weekend, with Anna Kooiman filling in for now.
FOX NEWS CHANNEL TO DEBUT THE REAL STORY WITH GRETCHEN CARLSON
ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th
FOX News Channel (FNC) will debut a new one-hour daytime program, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, on Monday, September 30th at 2PM/ET, announced Michael Clemente, Executive Vice President of News for the network. Preceding that program at 1PM/ET will be a one-hour weekday presentation of America’s News HQ, co-anchored by Bill Hemmer and Alisyn Camerota.
Joining the daytime lineup, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson (2-3PM/ET) will focus on all current events from general news and crime to politics and investigative reports. In this new role, Carlson will interview newsmakers and lead in-depth panel debates, lending viewers context and perspective on the headlines of the day. The program will also utilize social media to explore trending news stories and enlist viewer feedback.
In making the announcement, Clemente said, “Throughout her career, Gretchen has showcased her talents as a strong interviewer and skilled moderator, both of which will serve her well as she offers viewers a fresh take on the news.”
Carlson joined FNC in June 2005 and most recently served as co-host of FOX & Friends. During her tenure at the network, she has reported on major stories and contributed to coverage of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. Her wide-ranging interviews include then-Senator Barack Obama, then-Senator Hillary Clinton, former First Lady Laura Bush, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and actress Eva Longoria, among others.
In commenting on the announcement, FNC’s Vice President of News Jay Wallace said, “Gretchen’s vast experience both at the network and in the industry at large has more than prepared her for this new role and we are pleased to have her join the daytime lineup.”
Carlson added, “I am thrilled that Roger Ailes has given me the opportunity to host a signature show for Fox that will focus on the real stories of the day. From in-depth interviews to social media interaction live during the show, I look forward to joining viewers in the afternoon for smart and straight-forward talk. Plus, I now get to have breakfast with my kids and maybe even drive them to school! How great is that?”
Prior to FNC, Carlson served as a correspondent and co-anchor of CBS News’ Saturday Early Show as well as an anchor and reporter in several local markets. The recipient of the prestigious American Women in Radio and Television “Best Series” award for her 30-part series on domestic violence, Carlson has won two Emmys for her work at CBS News. Before embarking on a television career, she was the first classical violinist to be crowned Miss America in 1989.
FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. A top five cable network, FNC has been the most watched news channel in the country for more than eleven years and according to Public Policy Polling, is the most trusted television news source in the country. Owned by 21st Century Fox, FNC is available in more than 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre.