TV News : Kelly, Carlson and Van Susteren making moves

Kelly sets off chain of events at cable TV news outlets

Yesterday, we reported that former Fox News star Megyn Kelly was leaving the cable TV news outlet for a new gig at NBC. Well, today there were two more moves of interest as Tucker Carlson will take Kelly’s place on Fox News while Greta Van Susteren has signed with MSNBC, the network announced Thursday.

She keeps her shows name “On the Record” and it will air weeknights at 6 p.m. taking the “With All Due Respect,” spot on the programming schedule. The head of TV news was quick to announce her return.

MSNBC president of the TV news division, Phil Griffin said in a statement. “Her broad range of experience and sharp news judgment will be of great value to MSNBC as we build on our momentum going into a new year and a new administration.”

“I’m thrilled to start my next chapter at MSNBC,” Van Susteren said. “The network is the right destination for the smart news and analysis I hope to deliver every day, and I look forward to joining the talented journalists and analysts I respect there.”

According to The Wrap, Tucker Carlson will take over Megyn Kelly’s 9 p.m. time slot after she leaves, Fox News announced on Thursday. Another winner in the Tv news race is one of Fox young stars.

Martha MacCallum will move to Carlson’s current 7 p.m. spot for at least the first 100 days of the Trump administration. The head of Fox TV news division was also happy about the changes they made.

“In less than two months, Tucker has taken cable news by storm with his spirited interviews and consistently strong performance. Viewers have overwhelmingly responded to the show and we look forward to him being a part of Fox News’ powerful primetime line-up,” 21st Century Fox executive chairman Rupert Murdoch said in a statement.

Again according to The Wrap, the first week of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” was the third highest-rated week of the year for Fox News during the 7 p.m. hour, behind only election week and the Republican National Convention coverage.

In the first four weeks of the show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged 2.9 million viewers and 537,000 in the key demo of adults age 25-54, topping CNN’s “Erin Burnett Outfront” and MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” combined in both categories.

So, Kelly, Carlson and Van Susteren all come away winners in the latest round of media musical chairs.

Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.