Greta Van Susteren says she’s getting back to her ‘roots’ with announcement of daily news show

Newsmax has snagged veteran news anchor Greta Van Susteren who joins the network to host “The Record with Greta Van Susteren” as part of its early-evening lineup starting in June following a series of appearances and her departure from Gray Television.

Variety was first to report on Newsmax making the official announcement. Van Susteren evidently just could not resist the pull of cable news.

“With all that is going on in the world, I am getting back to my roots — a daily live news show with real reporting from the places where things are happening,” Van Susteren noted in a statement that was released by Newsmax. “I have been friends with [Newsmax CEO], Chris Ruddy, for years, and he is giving me this great opportunity to return, giving me the complete freedom to cover the news that really matters to people. I have been impressed by Newsmax’s team and their success, and would love to be part of a news network that is really growing.”

Van Susteren’s show will debut on Tuesday, June 14 at 6 pm ET. Host Sean Spicer, who currently inhabits that slot, will slide to a new one. Variety reports that the name chosen for the show is a nod to the anchor’s lengthy career. Her Fox News show was on the air for 14 years and was called “On The Record,” and her show on MSNBC was called “The Record.”

“No one in journalism better exemplifies Newsmax’s mission to provide fact-based news and fact-based opinion than Greta Van Susteren,” Ruddy said in a separate statement. “We are so pleased and honored to have Greta lead our nightly news lineup of programs.”

Newsmax is touting the new show as “a solid hour of factual, fair, and independent perspective on the news.”

Van Susteren says she’s shunning primetime. “That’s opinion time,” she snarked, noting that with her legal background, she’s much more interested in facts. “I’ve been able to get Republicans and Democrats on my show, regardless of my network. I like leaving the opinions to the opinion people. This is a better hour for me.”

Van Susteren’s jump to Newsmax follows numerous Fox News personalities joining the network over the years, including Eric Bolling, James Rosen, and Robert Schmitt.

The news personality is a former trial attorney who made her name covering the O.J. Simpson trial for CNN in the 1990s. When she joined Fox News in 2002, she was poached from CNN by then-Fox News chief Roger Ailes.

When Van Susteren departed Fox News, she landed at MSNBC in 2017. She anchored a 6 pm show called “For the Record With Greta.” It garnered lackluster ratings and just six months after it first aired, Van Susteren was let go from MSNBC. She subsequently worked as a host at Gray TV and as a political analyst for Voice of America.

“Gray has been really fun, but here’s the big difference — there really is nothing like live news,” Van Susteren told Variety. Gray released her from her contract so she could take the new job according to Van Susteren.

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