Roger Ailes: “I’m Not Reacting to CNN and MSNBC”

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Fox News chief sticks up for Geraldo Rivera

Fox News Channel chief Roger Ailes acknowledged Thursday he is on the verge of making changes to his top-rated network, but made clear primetime moves from the competition didn’t prompted any shifts.

“I’m not reacting to CNN and MSNBC,” said Ailes, indicating he was aware that CNN did some rescheduling with Anderson Cooper earlier in the week but not motivated by it.

“My near-term plans are to put my competitors out of business completely,” added Ailes  in a Q&A at parent company 21st Century Fox’s “investor day” with Neil Cavuto.

His rationale for the unspecified shifts: “One of my jobs is to get the best audience flow between shows and that’s one of the reason I’m making a few changes right now,” he said.

He didn’t tip his hand as to whether reports of Megyn Kelly replacing Sean Hannity are true, but he indicated changes are afoot at the top-rated news network.

“I don’t confirm or deny any rumors, and that is a rumor at the moment,” said Ailes, referring to a report made earlier in the day by Drudge Report. But he did clearly suggest Hannity isn’t leaving the channel.

“All of our stars will be back,” Ailes vowed.  “Hannity is a brand that many of our viewers love and want to see, and as you know, is one of the nicest guys in the building.”

Ailes even stuck up for Geraldo Rivera in the wake of a controversial tweet he made last month showing off his naked torso, which the anchor later admitted he did under the influence of tequila. Crediting Rivera for racing to Bora Bora to cover “before CNN ever got there,” he also couldn’t resist a joke.

“Naked pictures when you’re drunk are still stupid,” he said.

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  1. Brad Bryant says:

    Concerned about the news that Fox may produce the miniseries on Hillary and help the Democrats to elect her to the Presidency.
    If they do, they will lose a lot of conservatives who have counted on them to stand up for the truth, including me.

  2. Duke says:

    The deal is this. Hannity moves to 7 pm, and gets home earlier to be with his kids and family. The factor with Bill, stays at 8 pm. Kelly moves to 9 pm, Greta stays at 10 pm, and Shepard Smith will do the one hour news show at 11 pm, taking on the late local news around the country. With Leno leaving at 11:30 and no nightline, there is an audience of people who want the news before they go to bed between 11-12. All Fox is losing is the O’Reilly re-run at 11 pm. It’s a great move

  3. George Durdin says:

    Fox is a proven winner and Roger Ailes will make life at CNN and MSNBC even more difficult if that is possible. Both are a waste of valuable airtime and should be run out of the “news” business. I only hope that Mr. Ailes is successful in making that happen!!

  4. Avid Reader says:

    “… the competition didn’t prompted any shifts.” What’s wrong with this sentence? In your lead no less. Come on guys, you’re better than this. At least you used to be.

  5. Judith Ann Blackwell says:

    I love Fox and the folks on it. Also, I feel what is reported is more to the truth than any of the other channels.

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