Fox News shuffles the prime time deck

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Megyn KellyMegyn Kelly’s move from daytime to prime time has been anything but a secret, and now it’s official. The only element of schedule that is not changing is Bill O’Reilly’s hold on the 8PM time slot.


Kelly is getting the 9PM slot directly after O’Reilly. In a statement, she 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.”

Sean Hannity is sliding back an hour to make room for Kelly. “I am very happy to be moving to 10 p.m.,” Hannity said. “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.”

The Hannity move is being enabled by Greta Van Susteren’s move from there to 7PM. She 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!).”

Finally, as previously announced, the 7PM slot has opened thanks to the move by Shep Smith our of camera range and into a management role.

FNC chairman and CEO Roger Ailes stated, “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 8-11 p.m. 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.”