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October 9, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Megyn Kelly is making the schedulers at Fox News look pretty smart. In her second day as host of the new 9 p.m. prime-time news magazine "The Kelly File," she averaged 2.8 million viewers and easily won the 25-54 demographic, according to Nielsen. In both categories, the show beat the combined competition from CNN and MSNBC. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Kelly, who previously hosted a daytime show for Fox News, also improved greatly on her already solid Monday night premiere numbers.
October 7, 2013 | By Meg James, This post has been updated, as indicated below
Fox News Channel star Megyn Kelly is bright, beautiful and blunt when she needs to be. Just ask Karl Rove. Her willingness to take on all-comers, even conservative hero Rove - as she famously did on election night last November - is one reason Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes has promoted Kelly to a plum prime-time perch. On Monday, the network's 17th anniversary, "The Kelly File" premieres between the opinion-heavy programs of the network's conservative firebrands Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity.
October 7, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Fox News unveiled its new hi-tech newsroom set, called the Fox News Deck, in a video posted Monday. And among the new bells and whistles are what appear to be giant iPads that the staff will use to gather news. Actually, the large 55-inch touchscreen monitors are what Smith calls BATS (big area touchscreens), and they're just one of the flashy gadgets the new set will feature when it debuts with "Shepard Smith Reporting" on Monday afternoon. Smith also revealed a Wii-like controller wand that lets him manipulate the images on the set's 38-foot video wall.
October 7, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Fox News host Anna Kooiman has apologized for falsely reporting that President Obama would personally pay to keep the International Museum of Muslim Cultures open during the government shutdown . The "oops" moment occurred Saturday on "Fox and Friends Weekend" during a conversation among Kooiman, Tucker Carlson and Clayton Morris about the controversial decision to temporarily close the World War II Memorial -- along with many other...
September 22, 2013 | Doyle McManus
"The American people don't want the government shut down, and they don't want Obamacare. The House has listened to the American people. " That's what Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said at the GOP's victory rally Friday after the House voted to pass a spending bill that cut all funding for the president's healthcare law - and took the country one step closer to a government shutdown on Oct. 1. The American people, alas, weren't in the room to speak for themselves. But was Boehner right about their desires?
September 17, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Fox News is shuffling its prime-time lineup to make room for Megyn Kelly, who is moving there from daytime. Kelly's new show "The Kelly File," is being given the plum 9 p.m. Eastern time slot. The current occupant of that hour, Sean Hannity, will move to 10 p.m. and Greta Van Susteren will go to 7 p.m. to replace Shep Smith's evening newscast. The only show staying in place is "The O'Reilly Factor," hosted by Bill O'Reilly. FALL TV 2013: Watch the trailers The new lineup will take effect Oct. 7, which happens to be the 17th annniversary of the launch of Fox News.
September 16, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
News flash: America's rich are getting richer; America's poor are getting, well, you know. And in other news, the sky is blue and the sun will set tonight in the West. OK, so you probably had guessed that gazillionaires such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Larry Ellison were doing, well, better than most in this “sluggish” economy. But on Monday, Forbes magazine made it (more or less) official; it released its list of the richest 400 Americans . (Side note: Wonder why they stop at 400?
September 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Fox News has signed Shepard Smith to a new long-term contract and is creating a breaking news division for the anchor to oversee. Smith, who currently anchors a 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. newscast, will give up his early evening duties. However, Fox News executives said his visibility on the network will actually increase in his new role, which goes into effect this fall. “Shep's strength in breaking news and on location anchoring and reporting remains unmatched, and that's why we are committed to fully utilizing his skills away from the teleprompter whenever and wherever news is breaking across multiple platforms," said Michael Clemente, executive vice president of news.
August 26, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Miley Cyrus twerked during her performance at MTV's VMAs Sunday night. OMG, who cares? It turns out, lots of people. It's been among Monday's leading news stories, with critics shaking their heads. As if Cyrus is the first celebrity to use the MTV stage as a platform to shock viewers . “Media reaction to Cyrus' bump-and-grind veered between disgust and sadness,” writes my colleague Patrick Kevin Day in a post that rounds up some of the criticism , which described the performance as “desperate” and “disturbing.” Desperate, OK. Cyrus seems to be following in the tradition of Disney child stars who feel compelled to sexualize their image to show they've grown up. But was it disturbing?
August 21, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Brian Lewis, the fired Fox News executive vice president, is declining to fire back at his former bosses who accused him of breach of contract and financial misconduct. In a brief interview, Lewis said he had a "great 20 years" working for Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes and declined to get into the specifics of what led to his departure or the charges leveled at him. As for the nastiness surrounding the situation, Lewis said, "it comes with the territory. " The exit of Lewis took the insular world of television news by surprise, as did the harshness of the statement from Fox News parent 21st Century Fox, which said Lewis was guilty of "multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract.
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