Fox News shakes up weekend; as more hosts depart from lineup

Fox News is shaking things up again and has canceled host Steve Hilton’s Sunday show “The Next Revolution,” as it ushers in a new weekend lineup, debuting “Fox News Saturday Night” following the departure of media powerhouses Tucker Carlson and Dan Bongino.

Bongino hosted a popular Saturday night show. He departed the network in May after Fox News and the host reportedly failed to reach an agreement on terms. Carlson was terminated in May as well for still undisclosed reasons.

Hilton is leaving his 9 pm Sunday show to dedicate himself full-time to a “new California non-partisan policy organization launching next week,” according to Fox News. He will stay with the network as a contributor. Trey Gowdy’s “Sunday Night in America” will move into the spot formerly occupied by Hilton’s show.

Megan Albano, Senior Vice President of “The Five” and weekend programming at Fox News Channel announced a new lineup that will begin this weekend. “The Big Saturday and Sunday Show” will be gone and “The Big Weekend Show” will take its place. It will air at 7 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

“We are excited to launch a new dynamic weekend line-up that will further solidify our position as the number one cable news network for more than two decades. We thank Steve Hilton for his show’s contributions and look forward to continuing to feature his valuable insights across our daytime and primetime programming,” Albana stated, according to Deadline.

“The Big Weekend Show” 5 pm timeslot will now air encore presentations of “The Five” and the new “Fox News Saturday Night” followed by “The Fox Report with Jon Scott,” which will remain at 6 pm, ET on weekends. “Fox News Saturday Night” will feature a rotating lineup of FNC personalities, reportedly offering a lighter take on the news of the week.

FNC’s weekend primetime lineup will continue at 8 pm, ET on Saturdays with Brian Kilmeade’s “One Nation” which will be followed by Lawrence Jones’ “Cross Country” at 9 pm, ET. Then at 10 pm ET, the network will debut “Fox News Saturday Night.”

Sunday evenings will begin with “The Big Weekend Show” at 7 pm, ET. “Life, Liberty & Levin” will follow that show with Mark Levin at 8 pm, ET. Gowdy’s “Sunday Night in America,” which previously aired at 7 pm, ET, will reportedly air after Levin’s show. Since its debut in 2018, “Life, Liberty and Levin” has regularly been the top-rated weekend program in cable news. It solidified number one in its timeslot during the month of April with 1.6 million viewers. Gowdy has averaged 1.3 million viewers. At 10 pm, ET, Fox News will continue to feature topical specials.

According to Mediaite, there will also be a change to weekday programming. “Fox & Friends First,” which airs from 4 am to 6 am, will shrink to just one hour starting at 5 am.

Mediaite is also reporting that Fox News is letting go of one of its senior correspondents, Laura Ingle, who has been with the network since 2005.

All of this follows the network’s $787.5 million settlement with Dominion Voting Systems. Sources at Fox News purportedly told Mediaite that the cuts are unrelated to the Dominion suit. Most of them allegedly have to do with changing the weekend schedule.

Media networks across the industry are cutting back and laying off a ton of people making Fox News’ changes look minor in comparison. Disney, which is the parent company of ABC News, has laid off 7,000 people so far. CNN and NBC have also made deep cuts to personnel and have shaken up their lineups. The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that more cuts are expected at CNN as parent company Warner Bros. Discovery cleans house of dead wood.

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