As the fall-out continues to occur at Fox News over a plethora of scandals and accusations, reports are circulating that a new conservative television network is being discussed between big names in conservative media.
According to reports from Mediaite, a source has confirmed to them that serious discussions are currently underway to create an alternative conservative cable network given that many believe Fox News has moved too far to the left with its coverage.
Just this year alone, there have been several prominent names in conservative media who are looking for work, so to speak. A new conservative network could make a play on conservative powerhouse names like Bill O’Reilly and Tomi Lahren as well as try and lure people away from Fox News that may be seeking a new opportunity.
The source indicated to Mediaite that they currently do not have any particular names yet, but argue a new conservative cable network could instantly reach more than 85 million homes.
The plans for this bold idea came to fruition following a bombshell report from the New York Times last weekend that highlighted the ever-changing landscape at Fox News. The report showed the growing list of sexual assault accusations against many prominent names at Fox News.
What’s more, New York Magazine’s Gabe Sherman reported on Thursday that “sweeping management changes” may be coming to the network soon, too. The report suggested that Bill Shine, the co-president of Fox News, asked Rupert Murdoch’s sons to draft a statement of support, but they declined.
Fox News in crisis: Sources say Bill Shine asked that the Murdochs release a statement of support but they refused https://t.co/RBUWO8Jsig
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) April 27, 2017
Both Fox News and 21 Century Fox have aggressively denied this, but the news caught the attention of network host Sean Hannity. Hannity replied to Sherman’s tweet by adding that this would be the “end of FNC [Fox News Channel] as we know it.”
“I just don’t see Fox News and Sean having a long relationship. If Sean becomes available, you have 100 percent turnover in prime-time and a huge opportunity,” an anonymous source involved with the talks told Mediaite.
“I’m working on it (the new conservative channel) hot and heavy,” the source said. “It’s live, it’s real.” The new channel could come to fruition within the next 10 to 12 months, the executive said.
Could a new, younger cable network compete with Fox News for viewership and the top names in conservative media?
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