FOX News Channel’s New Primetime Lineup to Debut on October 7th

  FOX News Channel’s New Primetime Lineup to Debut on October 7th

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NEW YORK -- September 17, 2013

FOX News Channel (FNC) will unveil its new primetime lineup on Monday, October
7^th, marking the 17^th anniversary of the network, announced Roger Ailes,
Chairman and CEO, FOX News.

Greta Van Susteren will officially kick-off the new line-up with her signature
On the Record with Greta Van Susteren at 7PM/ET. From there, Bill O’Reilly
will continue hosting the most-watched cable news program The O’Reilly Factor 
at 8PM/ET. At 9PM/ET, Megyn Kelly will debut The Kelly File  while Sean
Hannity will take over the 10PM/ET timeslot with Hannity for his solo hour.
Chief News Anchor and Managing Editor Shepard Smith will be available
throughout to insert the latest breaking news into the new programming
schedule via the FOX News Deck.

As the newest edition to the line-up, The Kelly File (9-10PM/ET) will focus on
late-breaking stories in a live format as well as in-depth investigative
reports interspersed with newsmaker interviews. While embracing a stronger
social media presence, the new program will capitalize on Kelly’s skills as a
former litigator, and create a unique platform for developing angles as events
unfold.

In making the announcement, Ailes said, “As the network continues to dominate
with the top 13 programs in cable news, FOX News already redefined primetime
viewing to extend well beyond the antiquated 8-11PM format. We’ve developed a
deep bench of engaging and thought-provoking personalities that have grown
with FOX News as it has evolved into the most influential and successful cable
network in television. These changes will enable the network to continue
setting the industry standard for years to come.”

Now live at 7PM/ET weeknights, On the Record will showcase the news Americans
care about and explore how they impact our everyday lives.Van Susteren will
bring viewers the latest facts through interviews with high profile newsmakers
in her tough and fair signature style as well as on the scene reporting. The
program’s popular blog, Gretawire.com will enable her to continue delivering
updates at any given time via live stream technology.

In commenting on the announcement, Van Susteren said, "After 11 ½ years number
one at 10pm 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!).”

Immediately following On the Record, The O’Reilly Factor (8-9PM/ET) will
continue uncovering news items from the established wisdom, operating against
the grain of more traditional interview style programs. The number one cable
news program since 2001, O’Reilly’s signature No Spin Zone cuts through the
rhetoric as he challenges the players who make the story newsworthy.

Marking her 9PM/ET debut after The Factor, anchor Megyn Kelly said, “In 2003,
I was an unhappy lawyer, and made a decision to change my life. Ten years
later, I've been able to do that thanks in large part to Roger Ailes, a boss
who always gives me the same directive: ‘Be yourself and have fun.’ What a
great job. I am very grateful.”

Moving to the 10-11PM/ET timeslot, Hannity, will continue showcasing Sean
Hannity’s provocative style and conservative commentary on politics and the
American agenda. The show will also provide a highly interactive viewing
experience utilizing tools such as viewer voting and the Hannity Live
companion app, a web experience allowing viewers to gain access to exclusive
content directly from the show producers in the control room. Hannity will
also travel even more across America and expand his studio audience specials
like the show’s College Forum.

Hannity held the number one ranking in his previous 9PM/ET timeslot for 56
consecutive months and eclipsed CNN’s Larry King Live in 2003 with Hannity &
Colmes becoming the number one 9pm program in cable news.

In commenting on the move, Hannity said, “I am very happy to be moving to
10PM. The ability to be live or on tape greatly increases the flexibility of
the show and offers me, after 17 years, the opportunity to be home at night
with my family.”

Executive Vice President of Programming, Bill Shine, who began his tenure at
FNC as the producer of Hannity & Colmes, added, “Hannity is the leading
conservative voice in America. He has been a major star on both radio and
television for more than a decade and we were happy to accommodate his
schedule and retain him as a vital part of our line-up.”

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 21^st 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.

Contact:

FOX News media contacts:
Irena Briganti, 212-301-3608
or
Dana Klinghoffer, 212-301-3534
 
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