Fox News Channel recently announced that it was shaking up its prime-time line up after it fired Tucker, with Jesse Watters filing Tucker’s 8 pm slot, Laura moving Ingraham to the 7 pm slot before Watters, and Greg Gutfeld moving up an hour to 10 pm from 11 pm. Hannity will stay at his 9 pm slot.
So, who will fill the 11 pm slot left open by Greg Gutfeld’s move to 10 pm? Trace Gallagher, who has been with Fox News since 1996. His “Fox News @ Night” will take over the 11 p.m. ET time slot starting July 17. The show will be broadcasted from Los Angeles, though the majority of his production team will be located in Washington, D.C., at least for the time being.
Gallagher, commenting on his show, what it will be about, and its format, said, “It’s live, it’s live, it’s live.” He added that that is important for the West Coast because it normally gets taped news, saying, “Everything going on is live. So, that’s a big thing for our push to 11 p.m.… it’s 8 p.m. in California. People are still outside having dinner. It’s current. It’s now, we are still covering the news. The news day is still in progress.”
Continuing, Gallagher said that the 11 pm slot gives his show a chance to be late enough in the evening to be evening news for the entire country, which is his goal for it, saying, “11 p.m. traditionally across the country, regardless of where you are, 11:00 has been the news hour. That’s America’s news hour, right? Everybody knows the 11 o’clock news, you know, for local news. For us to be on at 8 p.m. in the West and 9 p.m. in Denver at 10 p.m. in Chicago and 11 p.m. in New York, it gives us a chance to capture audiences across the country and to become America’s late news for the entire country. That’s our goal.”
Adding to that, he said that the other goal for the show is to cover what to expect rather than what happened earlier, arguing that the relatively late hour of the show will give his team a better chance to do that and better position them for it than other shows that occur earlier.
As he said: “And if there’s not stuff happening right now, the show will look forward and tell you what you can expect when you wake up tomorrow morning. So, we’re always covering what happened a couple of hours ago, what’s happening right now, and what you can look forward to when you wake up tomorrow morning. That’s kind of the goal of our show.”
FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott announced the first set of lineup changes in a statement released when Jesse Watters was decided on as the Tucker replacement, saying, “FOX News Channel has been America’s destination for news and analysis for more than 21 years and we are thrilled to debut a new lineup. The unique perspectives of Laura Ingraham, Jesse Watters, Sean Hannity, and Greg Gutfeld will ensure our viewers have access to unrivaled coverage from our best-in-class team for years to come.”
Featured image credit: By Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America – Greg Gutfeld, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=115135174
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