It’s an election cycle. As a news channel, you’re top of the ratings heap. Seems like a good time to just keep things ticking along. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
Well, whether intentionally or not, Fox News is doing a bunch of fixin’.
The seismic changes began with the sexual harassment allegations against ex-CEO Roger Ailes which lead to his dismissal. Today 21st Century Fox announced it had settled the lawsuit with former host Gretchen Carlson against Ailes.
Now more shoes are dropping.
Business Insider reports Several Fox News hosts had “key-man clauses” allowing them to exit if Ailes were to depart.
The first key-man to go is a woman: Greta van Susteren.
Business Insider says “(she’ll) depart Fox News after 14 years with the network, Fox News announced Tuesday morning.
Brit Hume will take over as the new host of “On the Record.”
“We are grateful for Greta’s many contributions over the years and wish her continued success,” Fox News co-presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine said in a statement.
Van Susteren, who rose to prominence during the O.J. Simpson murder trial as a legal analyst on CNN, had been with Fox News since 2002 and was a staple on the network.
It was not immediately clear why Van Susteren was leaving the network.
We’ve always been big fans of Greta, and she’s been a great supporter of Col. West.
It’s also not clear exactly when she’ll be departing but “Hume said in a statement that he was “happy to take on” his new assignment during this “extraordinary election.””
Greta, wherever you’ll be landing, we’ll certainly be tuning in.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]