Today’s stunning revelation that Megyn Kelly would be taking over Sean Hannity’s primetime spot on Fox News isn’t the only big shakeup for the controversial cable news champ. Rumor has it that Shepard Smith’s responsibilities will change dramatically as well.
TV Newser reports that Fox boss Roger Ailes gave some pretty vague answers to questions about the network’s rumored changes during a 21st Century Fox investors conference on Thursday.
Though Ailes actually did not comment (or confirm) reports that Megyn Kelly will move to 9PM, he did say that he has been talking with Shep Smith about “a new way to deliver news.”
“Shep and I have been working quietly on something we will roll out in September on how news is presented, a new way to deliver news,” Ailes said. “Shep is the premiere newsman in the country. Everyone wanted to hire him, he stayed with us.”
Indeed, Shepard Smith is seen as the single bastion of the network’s much-touted “fair and balanced” news coverage, and has turned down multiple offers from other stations, including Fox’s liberal rival MSNBC.
Ailes was slim with the details, and didn’t say whether the new changes for Smith would impact his current schedule. He hosts two Fox News programs – one at 3pm and another at 7pm, just before The O’Reilly Factor.
He might just be that Smith will develop a greater online presence, but it’d be best for Fox to mostly leave him where he is, since his programs are among the network’s most highly rated.
Still, the rumored changed at Fox are major. The network hasn’t changed its primetime lineup in years, and it has remained the undisputed highest rated cable news network in the country for more than a decade.
What do you think of Megyn Kelly moving to Sean Hannity’s primetime spot? What do you think Fox has planned for Shepard Smith?