Greta Van Susteren on her new show, Fox lineup
By: Mackenzie Weinger
October 2, 2013 07:30 AM EDT
In a few days, Fox News will undergo its biggest prime-time shake-up since Greta Van Susteren joined the network more than a decade ago.
And the “On the Record” host says she’s ready to take on the new challenge of anchoring the cable network’s 7 p.m. hour — just give her a few months to sort it all out.
“I’ve been in the business, and I’ve been an anchor in cable for now 20-some years, probably the longest continuous anchor, and the one thing I’ve learned is it really takes about six months to figure out a new show,” Van Susteren told POLITICO.
The new lineup, debuting Monday, marks the first time the hugely successful network has mixed up its prime time since 2002. Except for “Hannity & Colmes” in 2009 dropping Alan Colmes as a host, there hasn’t been a shift at night on Fox News since Van Susteren switched over from CNN 11½ years ago. For viewers tuning in Monday evening, they’ll see what amounts to a seismic shift for a network that has otherwise shown remarkable stability in the tumultuous world of prime-time TV news.
Former Fox News daytime anchor Megyn Kelly will debut “The Kelly File” at 9 p.m., with Sean Hannity taking over Van Susteren’s 10 p.m. time slot and Bill O’Reilly keeping his spot at 8 p.m. Van Susteren, meanwhile, will kick it all off as she steps into the 7 p.m. hour previously occupied by Shep Smith, who is taking on a new role as the network’s managing editor overseeing the new breaking news division.
The new lineup goes live on Oct. 7 — the very day the channel launched 17 years ago.
Accompanying her show’s big move is a brand-new set for “On the Record,” which broadcasts from Fox News’s Washington, D.C., studio on Capitol Hill. “They tell me it’ll be done by Monday,” Van Susteren said.
Apart from the new look, Van Susteren said the 7 p.m. version of her show will otherwise be quite familiar to longtime viewers. Still, any significant change for a news program means there will be inevitable tinkering with certain elements. And figuring out exactly what works and doesn’t in the early evening is what’s on deck for her show over the next six months, Van Susteren said.
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