Fox News Channel has tapped Dana Perino and Chris Stirewalt to host a Sunday program through the current election cycle, the first new program to launch on the 21st Century Fox-owend network since the departure of longtime leader Roger Ailes.
Perino, a co-host of the daily afternoon program “The Five,” and Stirewalt, the news outlet’s digital politics editor, will co-host “Perino & Stirewalt: I’ll Tell You What” starting live on Sunday, September 18. The show will run through Sunday, November 13th and air in place of a repeat of the network’s media-critique program “Mediabuzz.” The duo, who host a weekly podcast of the same name, will mix unscripted banter and live reports on the latest from the campaign trail, and interact with a rotating panel of guests..
Their podcast was spun out of the recent presidential primary and debate season, and featured the two hosts having casual conversations about candidate performances and strategies.
Perino, a former press secretary for President George W. Bush, has been a Fox News contributor since 2009. Stirewalt joined Fox News in 2010 and is the author of the network’s daily politics e-mail newsletter “Fox News Halftime Report.” Stirewalt also provides political commentary and analysis across the network’s daytime and primetime programming. He previously served as the political editor for publications including The Washington Examiner, Charleston Daily Mail and West Virginia Media. Stirewalt began his journalism career at the Wheeling Intelligencer in West Virginia.
The show is the first to debut under the network’s new leadership. Since Ailes left earlier this summer in the wake of sexual-harassment allegations, Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, has been overseeing Fox News Channel, along with new co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy. The executives recently tapped Brit Hume to replace Greta Van Susteren at 7 p.m. in “On The Record” on an interim basis. Van Susteren and the network parted ways in a contract dispute.