Megyn Kelly to NBC…

NBC announced Megyn Kelly would be joining the network later this year…

Kelly to Anchor New Daytime News Program & Primetime Magazine Show

JANUARY 3, 2017 — Megyn Kelly, one of America’s most prominent news anchors, will join NBC News, it was announced today by Andrew Lack, Chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group.

Kelly will become anchor of a new one hour daytime program that she will develop closely with NBC News colleagues. The show will air Monday through Friday at a time to be announced in the coming months.

As part of the multi-year agreement, Kelly will also anchor a new Sunday evening news magazine show and will become an important contributor to NBC’s breaking news coverage as well as the network’s political and special events coverage.

Details about both of Kelly’s news programs will be unveiled in the coming months.

“Megyn is an exceptional journalist and news anchor, who has had an extraordinary career” Lack said. “She’s demonstrated tremendous skill and poise, and we’re lucky to have her.”

Kelly joins NBC News at a time when all four broadcasts in the division – “TODAY,” “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” “Meet the Press,” and “Dateline NBC” – are leading in the key 25-54 news demo and the coveted 18-49 demo in the 2016-17 season to date. All four shows also won those same two demos in the November sweep period, the first time that has happened since 2002.

Kelly has consistently delivered top ratings while maintaining a uniquely strong connection with her viewers and an important voice on social media. Since 2013, Kelly has anchored FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Kelly File, which she helped to create. The Kelly File is consistently the number one news program in overall viewers on cable news and first among the critical 25-54 demo audience. It is also the number two show in all of cable news. She joined FNC in 2004 as a Washington-based correspondent.

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4 Responses to “Megyn Kelly to NBC…”

  1. I didn’t think we she would actually leave, NBC must have paid her well.

    Good luck to her and all the best. It will be interesting to see if she can have as big of an impact at NBC as she did at Fox.

    Who gets the FNC 9PM time slot? That is a pretty big hole in the lineup that needs to be filled now. This will all be very interesting to see.

  2. So how long before Fox News hires that vile, angry, race baiting loudmouth blonde Tomi Lahren and gives her a full hour to spew her bile?

  3. Projection aside, Lahren isn’t ready for primetime. She might get hired by FNC (don’t think she will in my opinion) but there is absolutely no way she gets the 9PM slot. I have no idea which female talent on their current roster can take that slot. Shannon Bream maybe?

  4. I can see why Megan Kelly and even FNC would be happy with this deal but I don’t get what NBC gets out of the hire.

    Kelly gets a ‘Today Show’ host contract. She gets to do Dayside shows and a Sunday evening show both of which suit her personal lifestyle and she also gets to design her own shows (within reason) to suit her personality and performing strengths.

    FNC saves a ton of money and will lose literally no ratings. Whomever they hire to replace Kelly, and I have no idea who that will be, will get big ratings and cost only a small fraction of what they were willing to pay MK. They’ll lose some face but that’s not a big deal in the long term on Fox News.

    NBC gets to pay a huge salary to a host who will bring few, if any, of her current audience with her and who has to have two shows created and promoted for her in formats that are well trodden but have not often succeeded of late. As well the audience of whatever show she replaces is likely much different from the one Kelly will attract. I expect her ratings will be OK, at the start, as curious viewers check her out but will soon decline.

    Kelly was a big star on cable news but I just don’t see her as a Katie Couric or Barbara Walters style host. She’s not as versatile as Anderson Cooper.

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