Megyn Kelly will take over Sean Hannity’s 9 p.m. slot as “The Kelly File” as “Hannity” moves to 10 p.m. Meanwhile, “The O’Reilly Factor” will remain at 8 p.m. while “On the Record With Greta Van Susteren” moves to 7 p.m.
“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,” said Fox News chief Roger Ailes in a statement Tuesday. “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.”
Oct. 7 also marks the 17th anniversary of the cable news channel.
“I am very happy to be moving to 10 p.m.,” Hannity said of his new slot:. “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.”
Van Susteren added: “”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!).”
Fox News Channel’s primetime lineup has largely been unblemished. Bill O’Reilly has held forth at 8 p.m. since 1996 with “The O’Reilly Factor” (known as “The O’Reilly Report” in its first two years). Sean Hannity has occupied the 9 p.m. slot since 1996, sharing it with Alan Colmes until 2009. And “On the Record With Greta Van Susteren” had been in the 10 p.m. slot since 2002, though its ratings have weakened this year.
Tuesday’s announcement comes on the heels of several changes at the 21st Century Fox-owned network. Shepard was recently announced as the face of the cabler’s new breaking-news division, while Elisabeth Hasselbeck, former co-host of “The View,” made her debut on “Fox & Friends” this past week.