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Finally, a true conservative team to bookend the almost, sorta, kinda centrist Bill O’Reilly on the Fox News evening lineup.
Martha MacCallum will take over for Tucker Carlson during the 7 p.m. slot on Fox News.
Carlson’s new show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” is moving to the 9 p.m. EST slot after Megyn Kelly vacates it this Friday. She is leaving the network after 12 years for a position with NBC News.
MacCallum will replace Carlson during the 7 p.m. EST hour with a show called “The First 100 Days” where she will cover — you guessed it — the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency.
The network has not announced what will happen to the 7 p.m. slot after that.
“Martha MacCallum will take over for Carlson at 7PM/ET, kicking off primetime with a new news program entitled ‘The First 100 Days,’” the network said in a statement. “Based in New York, the show will chronicle the beginning of the new administration and run through President-elect Trump’s first 100 days in office.”
“Additionally, she will co-anchor the network’s Inauguration Day coverage on Friday, January 20th alongside Chief Political Anchor Bret Baier. MacCallum recently signed a multi-year deal to remain with FOX News.”
From the beginning, with Roger Ailes’ now-obvious mistake in bringing Megyn Kelly to prime time, I said he should have gone with Martha McCallum.
And although I credit McCallum above as a conservative, all we can be truly sure of is that she is a is fair presenter of news, unlike Kelly, whom we said all along was simply using her Fox prime time slot as an audition for a broadcast network job.
The Peacock hasn’t been known for its brilliance in fielding prime time news anchors recently, and it remains to be seen if Kelly will play better to a mainstream audience than she did with her first special.
Personally, I look for Kelly to quietly disappear after a couple years banking the indefensibly stupid amount of money NBC will pay her.
As for Carlson, I have had my complaints about him in the past, particularly for his repeated trashing of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, but he seems to be banging on all cylinders lately, so we wish him best of luck.
Good move, Fox News.
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