The conservative commentator, who was once famously scolded by Jon Stewart while co-hosting an episode of CNN”s “Crossfire,” is in final-stage talks to take over as anchor of Fox News’ 7 p.m. hour, according to a report by The Los Angeles Times. The hour had previously been anchored by Greta Van Susteren, who left the 21st Century Fox-owned network after a contract dispute. Carlson’s tenure could start as soon as November 14.
A Fox News Channel spokeswoman declined to comment on the report. Brit Hume, the veteran Fox News anchor who is currently anchoring at 7 p.m., said on Twitter Thursday that Carlson would take over the show after Election Day. Megyn Kelly, who hosts the network’s 9 p.m. hour, posted a tweet today congratulating Carlson on getting the hour.
Carlson is a cable-news veteran who has hosted programs on MSNBC as well as CNN. He has been a Fox News contributor since 2009 and is a co-host of the weekend edition of “Fox & Friends.”
The hiring underscores recent comments made by members of the Murdoch family, who control 21st Century Fox, noting that Fox News is not backing away from opinion programs that back conservative philosophies in the post-Ailes era. Carlson is co-founder and editor in chief of The Daily Caller, a web outlet that is sort of a conservative alternative to The Huffington Post. Ailes left the network this summer, as part of an ouster related to sexual-harassment allegations levied at him by a range of women, some of whom have worked at Fox News. He has denied the charges.
Brit Hume has been filling in at 7 p.m., where the show has been called “On The Record.” He has always been expected to leave at some point after Election Day.