Fox News Channel said it would debut a new live Sunday program devoted to the state of the news media hosted by Howard Kurtz ” on September 8. And it will run the hour-long show, called “MediaBuzz,” at 11 a.m. Sundays, opposite the show where the anchor once held sway: CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
In a statement, Fox News said the host would “examine media bias while dissecting news events of the current and previous weeks.” Kurtz will also analyze social media, and the effect it has on what stories become most popular and how journalists use the medium to distribute their stories.
Kurtz will be joined on the program by contributor Lauren Ashburn, a one-time anchor for a USA Today TV program who is currently editor of “The Daily Download,” a web site devoted to opinion and media innovation. Kurtz is billed as a contributor to the site and a member of its Board of Advisors.
Fox News said Microsoft’s Bing search engine would provide a “Bing Pulse” to “MediaBuzz,” and would show real-time reactions to different segments throughout the program.
Prior to his move to Fox News Channel, Kurtz hosted CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” a job he started in 1998. He is a veteran journalist, serving most recently as the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for “The Daily Beast” and “Newsweek,” and, before that, working 29 years at The Washington Post, where he started reporting on the media industry in 1990. He joined the paper in 1981.
Since Kurtz’s departure, CNN has used a series of fill-in hosts on “Reliable Sources,” including New York Times reporter Brian Stelter, former Portfolio editor Joanne Lipman and Tampa Bay Times media critic Eric Deggans.