Fox News is facing the most serious crisis in the network’s 24-year plus history.
Executives are getting desperate and making major changes.
And now Trey Gowdy is about to take one new job that could save Fox News.
Fox News lost 40 percent of its audience since the election.
In the run up to the vote, shows like Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity were setting ratings records.
But on election night,Fox News prematurely called Arizona for Joe Biden and then anchors began to attack President Trump over his claims of voter fraud.
That enraged a large segment of Fox’s audience who worried that the network drifted back towards its establishment GOP roots and wanted to exile the President through biased coverage.
Fox did not count on the audience backlash as they thought their viewers were just loyal to the Fox News brand and would swallow whatever the channel presented.
That turned out to be a disastrous gamble as for weeks now Fox News finished in last place in the ratings battle as a sizeable portion of its viewers turned to competitors like Newsmax and One America News.
Fox executives decided a programming shakeup was in order.
Martha MacCallum hosted a 7PM show that was classified as a “straight news program” as opposed to the “opinion programs” Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham hosted from 8 to 11PM.
Executives demoted MacCallum back to daytime and announced an opinion show entitled “Fox News Primetime” would replace her.
Fox also revealed that a rotating cast of hosts would audition for the permanent job.
Among them was Trey Gowdy.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
Fox News has lined up six rotating hosts for its new 7 p.m. opinion program aimed at feeding the appetite of conservative viewers in the hour.
The new show called “Fox News Primetime” launches tonight with “Fox & Friends” morning show co-host Brian Kilmeade, as previously announced. The Times has learned that other names lined up to helm the program are “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo and regular contributors to the network Katie Pavlich, Rachel Campos-Duffy, Mark Steyn and former congressman Trey Gowdy.
Trey Gowdy built a following among conservatives and Trump supporters for his role in two investigations.
Gowdy chaired the Benghazi subcommittee that discovered Hillary Clinton sending classified information on her private email server.
During the Trump years, Gowdy emerged as one of the leading critics of the FBI scheming to frame Donald Trump for colluding with the Russians.
Fox News giving Gowdy an opportunity to clinch a permanent hosting job is executives admitting they have a problem on their hands and trying to arrive at a solution.
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