2016 was a tumultuous year for Fox News.
The network experienced record-setting ratings as well as an internal scandal as Roger Ailes was ousted from the company amid allegations of sexual harassment. This has led to some of the network’s most visible talent to head for the door and has thrown the news powerhouse into uncertainty.
Suddenly two prime time ratings champs are gone and Tucker Carlson is the new hotness.
While Megyn Kelly’s sudden departure to NBC has gotten the bulk of the attention, she was the second beloved female host to head for the hills.
Greta Van Susteren, host of the highly rated “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” left the network shortly after the sexual harassment mess. For the remainder of 2016, Van Susteren remained largely absent from television screens. But that is about to change.
MSNBC announced on Thursday that Van Susteren will be joining the network and hosting a weeknight prime time show called “For the Record with Greta” where she will cover news and daily top headlines.
“Greta is a true pro with a proven record of tough journalism,” said MSNBC President Phil Griffin. “Her broad range of experience and sharp news judgment will be of great value to MSNBC as we build on our momentum going into a new year and a new administration.”
Van Susteren praised her new employer noting that “the network is the right destination for the smart news and analysis I hope to deliver every day, and I look forward to joining the talented journalists and analysts I respect there.”
Van Susteren’s new position marks the second breaking story this week about Fox News hosts moving to the NBC family. Host Megyn Kelly announced on Tuesday that she is also leaving Fox News for NBC where she will host a daytime news and discussion show as well as anchor a Sunday night news show.
Van Susteren’s stint at MSNBC begins on Monday. This will be the third major network she has worked for. Van Susteren began her television career at CNN where she became a regular during the OJ Simpson trial and later hosted her own show. She had been with Fox News for 14 years.