With only a handful of major television and news networks out there, it is not uncommon to see a reporter leave one network for another. But what makes them do it? It could be money, a considered promotion or perhaps an unhappy current work place. Nonetheless, it is noteworthy when a news network loses one of its anchors to another.
Fox News has had its share of ups and downs over the past year. Host Megyn Kelly became a headline herself after then candidate Donald Trump made comments about her that many deemed offensive.
Then founding chairman Roger Ailes was ousted after several Fox News employees including Kelly alleged that he had sexually harassed them. Ailes was sued by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson. Despite these events, Fox News remained the highest rated cable news network.
But now they are facing a new challenge in the new year. Kelly announced on her Facebook page on Tuesday that she is leaving Fox News for NBC. This will leave a significant void in the primetime lineup for Fox News where Kelly’s show is currently their second highest rated show.
The New York Times reported that Kelly, who has been with Fox News for 12 years, wanted a position that would allow her greater time with her family. Kelly will wear several hats at NBC including hosting “her own daytime news and discussion program, anchor an in-depth Sunday night news show and take regular part in the network’s special political programming and other big-event coverage.”
In her Facebook announcement, Kelly reflected on her time at Fox News and is clearly looking ahead to her time with NBC. She noted that she has been “incredibly enriched for the experiences” she’s had with Fox and that she is “delighted to be joining the NBC News family and taking on a new challenge.” She thanked the leadership of Fox News as well as the viewers for all that she learned there. Ailes’s name is notably absent from that list.
Source: The New York Times