Fox News Channel, in the midst of orchestrating a series of changes to a lineup that has largely remained the same for years, said former “Fox & Friends” co-host Gretchen Carlson would anchor a daytime hour all her own starting Sept. 30.
Carlson is set to host “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson” each weekday at 2 p.m. Eastern. The veteran Fox News anchor will “ interview newsmakers and lead in-depth panel debates, lending viewers context and perspective on the headlines of the day,” the cable-news network said in a prepared statement. As other Fox News shows have begun to do, “Real Story” Is also expected to make use of social media to explore trending stories and invite feedback from viewers.
The move was largely anticipated. Fox News said Carlson would move elsewhere in its lineup when it announced Elisabeth Hasselbeck would join “Fox & Friends.:”
Carlson’s program will be set against an hour of “CNN Newsroom” on CNN and “News Nation,” hosted by Tamron Hall.
The new show featuring Carlson is just the latest scheduling maneuver from the 21st Century Fox-owned operation, which has secured the biggest cable-news audiences for years. Staring October 7, Megyn Kelly will host the 9 p.m. hour. moving from daytime, while Sean Hannity is moving to 10 p.m. to accommodate (Hannity had long held forth during the 9 p.m. hour). “On the Record With Greta Van Susteren,” which had been at 10 p.m., will move to 7 p.m.
The occupant of Fox News’ 7 p.m. hour, Shepard Smith, has been given a new role and separate staff and newsroom that will allow him to cover breaking-news stories as they occur. The newsman will continue to anchor at 3 p.m,. weekdays, with the debut of a new one-hour program called “Shepard Smith Reporting,”